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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Schedule of Zen Meditation Class in English from February 23rd to March 10th, 2014

Learn how to adapt Zen Buddhist philosophy and meditation in your life with modern science.

February 23rd (Sun)
No meditation class 

February 24th (Mon)
9:00 - 10:30 in English (reserved)

February 25th (Tue)
No meditation class 

February 26th (Wed)
9:00 - 10:30 in English (no reservation required) 

February 27th (Thur) 
9:00 - 10:30 in English (reserved)

February 28th (Fri)
9:00 - 10:30 in English (no reservation required)

March 1st (Sat)
No meditation class 

March 2nd (Sun) 
9:00 - 10:30 in English (no reservation required)

March 3rd (Mon)
9:00 - 10:30 in English (no reservation required)

March 4th (Tue)
9:00 - 10:30 in English (no reservation required)

March 5th (Wed)
No meditation class 

March 6th (Thur) 
No meditation class 

March 7th (Fri) 
No meditation class 

March 8th (Sat)
No meditation class

March 9th (Sun)
No meditation class

March 10th (Mon)
9:00 - 10:30 in English (no reservation required)

Zen Meditation Class and Dharma Talk (90 Minutes): Traditional Zen Philosophy and Application to Your Everyday Life

Our Zen meditation class (including Dharma talk and temple tour) is offered according to the schedule above. Each class is 90 minutes and lead in English by the deputy head priest, Rev. Taka Kawakami. He explains how to incorporate Zen Buddhist philosophy and meditation into your everyday life by using religious, philosophical, and neuroscientific concepts.

1. 10 minutes instruction of Zen Buddhism and meditation
2. two 15-minutes meditation sessions
3. explanation of gardens and screen paintings at the temple

To attend the class at 9:00 - 10:30 and 10:40 -12:10, no reservation is required. However, please the reservation to attend our 13:30 - 15:00 class at least 5 days in advance. (a group of more than 5 people, only). 

The Fee: 2,000 yen/person (In April, 2014, it will be 2,200 yen/person)

Also, we offer exclusive tours for special requests. Please contact us for more details.

Now, our new temple lodging facility is available. We just opened our new facility on December 10th, 2012. 

There are atatami flooring, own shower room and toilet. Each room can have 2- 3 Japanese futons. Linens and towels are provided.

The room rates are;
  • Single person use: 6,000 yen/person/night
  • Two people: 5,500 yen/person/night
  • Three people: 4,500 yen/person/night
 The prices include 5% sales tax.

We have started taking reservations for March, April, May, June and July, 2014. However, at this point, we have no vacancy from March 19th to April 23rd, 2014.

The room rates will be changed in April, 2014 due to the increasing sales tax. 

New Prices are;
  •  Single person use: 6,500 yen/person/night + 8 % sales tax
  • Two people: 5,500 yen/person/night + 8 % sales tax
  • Three people: 5,000 yen/person/night + 8 % sales tax 
  • Student discount: 500 yen/person off for each night (except 3/20 - 5/10, 10/1- 11/30, and 12/25 - 1/5) if you show us your student ID at your check-in

For more details, please visit our website below.
Phone: 075-462-5488075-462-5488


  1. Review the programs and see if they are going to be helpful to you. After you choose the meditation courses best suited to your needs, sign up. If your busy schedule does not allow you to attend meditation sessions on a regular basis, you may want to work with an instructor one on one who can work around your schedule.

  2. I will visit all these temples when I visit Japan in December! In fact, right now, I am starting to learn a lot about their culture so I can appreciate the trip more. I am starting to watch their movies and dramas at and taking up 1 to 1 Japanese classes via Skype from . I want to know a few basic words and phrases that I might need in case of emergency. Japan is just amazing!