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Experience mini version of trainee monk's life deep in the countryside

Experience mini version of trainee monk's life deep in the countryside

Experience a mini-version of the Buddhist ascetic training life in 5-hour visit at Daijiji Temple. The session consists of Zazen (sitting blank-headed), preparing a Buddhist Lenten lunch (vegetarian food), and Shakyo (hand-copying of Sutras). At the end of the Temple visit, the priest of the temple will hand you a Goshuin (a certificate for your visit) of his own hand writing.   • 5-hour experience in an hidden temple in the North-east of Japan • Experience Zazen (sitting blank-headed) • Preparation of Buddhist Lanten lunch and degustation • Hand- copying of Sutras • Temple grounds visit • Goshuin (a certificate for Temple visit) Small-group format ensures a personalized experience

Ages 13-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: Japanese, English

  • Vegetarian lunch
  • English speaking local guide
  • All the material for copying Sutras
  • Goshuin
  • Lunch
What's not included
  • Gratuities to the Temple (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Vacation Rental BAKKE
  • Daijiji Temple, Machishimo-56 Tōwachō Yonekawa, Tome, Miyagi 987-0901, Japan
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 110729P1

  • We also offer an accommodation separately (a vacation rental). Free pick-up/drop-off services are available for the guests who are staying there.
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Dress code : Stretchable pants are recommended
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 110729P1

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    Daijiji Temple
    Stop: 5 hours
    Visit Guany statue, Zasen, Lunch preparation, Lunch, Sutra copy, Templa grounds Walk, Reception Goshuin
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Joined in December 2018

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Wonderful stay at Bakke Guesthouse near Tome, Miyagi Prefecture
What a beautiful place to stay! Bakke has everything you need if you want to enjoy nature and escape the busy city life. The traditional Japanese guesthouse is located on the countryside near Sendai and Tome, between trees, flower fields and a river. The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, a living room with a traditional table heater and four beautiful tatami rooms. The hot shower is excellent. The nearby house has even a little museum to show and explain local farmer's life. You can just relax and chill at the house, or take a bicycle and explore the area. We went to the village, the local temples and shrines and hiked up Mount Kogaisan. I would definitively recommend it for every nature lover. I will come back for sure!
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1 review
Very good

Sven D
2 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
What a day! I had an amazing opportunity to meet a monk. We went in a Temple and he tought us a lot about the Buddhism religion.
Don't worry if you do not understand Japanese, this event comes with a excellent tour guide for English translation.
At the end we all meditated together for one hour. The surrounding energy was unbelievable and we all had a strong connection.
I highly recommend this activity and the guesthouse Bakke. I had a great time staying at the Japanese countryside.
Written April 10, 2019
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Experience mini version of trainee monk's life deep in the countryside provided by BAKKE