Visit Taniai where Usui Sensei was born and spent his childhood.  He donated a big Torii-gate to 天鷹神社 Amataka Shrine with his two brothers one year after the foundation of Usui Reiki Ryoho.  blog

Map of Amataka Shrine

One day round-trip from Kyoto/Shin-Osaka: 41 minutes from Kyoto to Gifu Hashima by shinkansen, and then 60 minutes to Taniai by car
谷合靈氣協会, Taniai Reiki Association, a Reiki group in Taniai Gifu, will book taxi or bus for you and meet you in Taniai.  Let me introduce a rough estimation from them.
1) From Gifu Hashima shinkansen station to Taniai with a driver.  Taxi and bus do not have a translator.
  • 60 minutes/one way
  • Jumbo taxi for 1-4 people: 50,000 yen  
  • Jumbo taxi for 5-8 people: 60,000 yen
  • Micro bus for 9-14 people: 65,000 yen
  • Middle size bus for 15-29 people: 75,000 yen
  • Big size bus for 30 and more: 85,000 yen
  • Book bigger vehicle than the number of people when you carry big suitcases. 
  • Contact them when you come from other stations or airport.
2)  Lunch in 山務 Restaurant Sanmu
  • 30 min bus ride from Amataka shrine
  • Let them know if you have a particular diet.
  • Pay for lunch yourself on the day.

Map of Restaurant Sanmu

3)  Extra cost
  • 10% tax
  • Pay extra fee when you stay in Taniai longer than 180 minutes (including lunch).
  • 15% in busy season: Late April, May, June, September, October and November.  
4) Option
  • Prayer and purification by Shinto priest in Amataka Shrine including Shinto amulet or Ofuda (Shinto paper charm) : 3,000 yen/person in cash on the day
  • Water spring that Usui Sensei's grandfather used to brew Japanese sake.  5 min walk from Amataka Shrine.
  • 善導寺Zendo-ji Buddhism temple where the above water is drawn from the spring.  5 min walk from Amataka Shrine. You must make an appointment.   When Buddhism priest is there, he may give some Buddhism talk.  Usui sensei's ancestor's grave is said to be there, but you are not allowed to see it. 
5)  Translator
  • Taniai Reiki Association does not have a translator.  They have a pocketalk, a small translation device; it 'talks' almost all the languages!  
  • Additional fee is required when you need a translator from station/airport.
6)  Booking and contact
  • Ms. Ryoko Takagi of Taniai Reiki Association:
  • Let them know; your arrival and departure time and place (Gifu Hashima shinkansen station, Gifu station, Nagoya-Centrair Airport, etc.), number of people, need lunch or not and options you want.
  • Your booking will be confirmed when you pay 30 % of the fee.

7) Caution

  • Book earlier when you come in busy season.
  • Shinkansen stops at Shin-Osaka, Kyoto and Gifu Hashima.
  • General JR trains stop at Osaka, Kyoto and Gifu.
  • It takes 40 min by Meitetsu train from Gifu Hashima to Gifu!   
  • Trip will be canceled when traffic stops due to heavy snow.

8) Sightseeing