Zen Meditation, Buddhist Sermon, & Matcha at Gokurakuji Temple – Visit Kinosaki

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Try zen meditation and experience local Japanese culture at a lesser-known, local Kinosaki temple!

Kinosaki Onsen's Gokurakuji Temple is in a secluded part of town, and is home to a peaceful rock garden, zen meditation practice, and a friendly Buddhist priest.

Through this activity, experience seated zen meditation in a local temple while gazing outside at the tranquil rock garden. There will be a sheet written in English with instructions on how to properly meditate, and the Buddhist priest can show you how. The priest's sermon will also be printed out for you to read after you're done meditating. You can also wear traditional monk's working clothes while you meditate! Afterwards, you will be served matcha and local Japanese sweets. Try communicating with the chief Buddhist priest over tea, it will make the experience all the more rewarding. Take a glimpse into traditional Japanese life through this tour.

Experience Zazen, otherwise known as seated zen meditation, together with a chief Buddhist priest. Zazen starts with correcting your breathing posture, and originated in India. The doctrine of Zen Buddhism can be described as wordless communication, or expression without language. You can escape from hectic everyday life and open your ears to the sounds of nature during Zazen. Hear birds chirping and the wind whispering, sounds that you probably wouldn’t normally hear. Then your mind will soon have a sense of unity, which is why many people experience Zazen.

Gokurakuji is in a hidden corner of town, making for a tranquil area to practice meditation. Not many visit this temple, so you'll likely have the area all to yourself when you visit. The chief Buddhist priest is a friendly man who will show you the proper way to sit, breathe, and meditate. You may participate in meditation in your own clothes or in samue, which are monk's working clothes. Samue in multiple colors are available for you to wear.

DETAILS

REGISTRATION START
2019/07/23
REGISTRATION ENDS
2020/07/23
RESERVATION DEADLINE
5 days before activity
ACTIVITY OPTIONS
  • Morning Plan (10:00-11:30)
  • Afternoon Plan (13:45-15:15)
SCHEDULE
(Some times may differ)
Morning Plan
10:00 - Meet at Gokurakuji Temple
10:10 - Zazen meditation & Buddhist sermon (printed) *you can wear samue (monk's working clothes) if you'd like
10:50 - Chat with the chief priest over matcha (green tea) and Japanese sweets
11:30 - End of activity, receive a special souvenir

Afternoon Plan
13:45 - Meet at Gokurakuji Temple
13:55 - Zazen meditation & Buddhist sermon (printed) *you can wear samue (monk's working clothes) if you'd like
14:35 - Chat with the chief priest over matcha (green tea) and Japanese sweets
15:15 - End of activity, receive a special souvenir
ACCOMPANYING GUIDE
(INCLUDED OR NOT)
Not Included
MEETING PLACE
Gokurakuji Temple, 802 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The Buddhist sermon is easy to understand. There will be a document with the sermon's contents translated into English.
The chief Buddhist priest knows only a little bit of English, but even a little bit of direct communication goes a long way and will make the experience more valuable.
PRICES
(Per person unless otherwise noted)
Number of People Participating in Total Price per Adult Price per Child (5-12 years old)
1-10 people 3,300 yen 1,980 yen
INCLUDED IN THE PRICING
Zen meditation activity, matcha & traditional Japanese sweets, special souvenir
CANCELLATION FEES
Day of Cancellation Cancellation Fee (% of activity price)
The day of 100%
The day before 50%
2-7 days before 20%
8+ days before 0%
ACCEPTED PAYMENT TYPES
Pay by credit card (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, DC) via an activity confirmation link in an e-mail that we will send to you following your reservation. Please pay the amount by 3 days prior to the activity at the latest. If not paid by then, the activity reservation will be automatically cancelled.
OPERATOR NAME
Gokurakuji Temple
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