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Learn all about Zen Buddhism in Sogen-ji Temple provided by Beauty of Japan

Learn all about Zen Buddhism in Sogen-ji Temple

Learn all about Zen Buddhism in Sogen-ji Temple
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About
You get to visit the only temple in Japan that hosts many foreigners as practicing monks. Being able to interact and do activities with them without any language-barrier will allow you to truly learn about the daily life of a Zen Buddhist practitioner. This walking tour experience is for those looking to deepen their understanding of the religion in a very unique way.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 40m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • At Sogenji you will get to partake in a wide variety of experiences, we will start with a walking tour of the temple and then you will get the chance to try Zazen which is a meditative discipline and the traditional Zen Buddhist way of seated meditation. You will also participate in the maintenance of the temple gardens and the hand-copying of ancient sutra texts. All the while you will be able to interact with and ask questions of the monks. ***Regarding the donation to the temple*** In Japan as a gesture of gratitude to the monks, we pay a gratuity called "Ofuse" which is translated "donation" in English. And, participants will need to pay the donation of JPY4,000 a participant to the temple for the charity. Please put the donation into the envelope which temple prepare.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 40m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
  • At Sogenji you will get to partake in a wide variety of experiences, we will start with a walking tour of the temple and then you will get the chance to try Zazen which is a meditative discipline and the traditional Zen Buddhist way of seated meditation. You will also participate in the maintenance of the temple gardens and the hand-copying of ancient sutra texts. All the while you will be able to interact with and ask questions of the monks. ***Regarding the donation to the temple*** In Japan as a gesture of gratitude to the monks, we pay a gratuity called "Ofuse" which is translated "donation" in English. And, participants will need to pay the donation of JPY4,000 a participant to the temple for the charity. Please put the donation into the envelope which temple prepare.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 13441P373
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Tour of the temple
  • English speaking monks
Exclusions
  • Children under 10 years old
  • Gratuities
Duration
2h 40m
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Our local English speaking guide will pick you up from the 50 hotels we mentioned or meet you in the temple. The pickup is included in the price but the drop-off is not so if you would like us to drop you off at your hotel, please choose the option with drop-off offered.
  • Okayama, Japan
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Inclusions
  • Tour of the temple
  • English speaking monks
Exclusions
  • Children under 10 years old
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Our local English speaking guide will pick you up from the 50 hotels we mentioned or meet you in the temple. The pickup is included in the price but the drop-off is not so if you would like us to drop you off at your hotel, please choose the option with drop-off offered.
  • Okayama, Japan
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
2h 40m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Appalling, they have never replied to emails and are avoiding the payment refund.
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