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5-15-1 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu 182-0017 Tokyo Prefecture
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Authentic Zen Experience at Gionji Temple in Chofu, Tokyo
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Authentic Zen Experience at Gionji Temple in Chofu, Tokyo

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Travelers interested in experiencing traditional Japanese spirituality will enjoy this authentic Zen experience at a temple. You’ll learn about meditation and Zen sutras, and get a chance to meditate and recite the sutras yourself. Tour the beautiful grounds of the ancient temple, and enjoy the peace and quiet away from the central city. This tour is an easy way to learn about Japanese traditions directly from practitioners.
$81.45 per adult
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Yassan wrote a review Feb 2020
Japan128 contributions51 helpful votes
A little-known spot in Japan to recommend to all visitors. Despite being in Tokyo, old-fashioned soba restaurants are lined up around the shrine, and you can see the original scenery of Japan where spring water spouts and waterwheels turn around. Access is not very good but you can go by bus at Chofu or Kichijoji.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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979midiy wrote a review Nov 2019
Sydney, Australia91 contributions31 helpful votes
I'm not temple expart, so nothing really different from other temples to me, but surrounding town is nice and cosy. Jindai temple area is famous for noodles and many soba shops are here. Jindai botanic park is nearby, too.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Pohyeeeeee wrote a review Jun 2019
34 contributions7 helpful votes
It is around 25min walk from Chofu station. The temple is quite huge and not as crowded compared to other tourist attractions in Tokyo so we can walk around comfortably. And it is surrounded by soba restaurants.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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sunsun24 wrote a review Nov 2018
Tokyo, Japan401 contributions82 helpful votes
This Jindai-ji is the one of the famous temple in Tokyo. To go this temple, it should be taken bus from JR Kichijo-ji or Mitaka station (or Cho-fu station of Kieo-line). Basiclly it takes 15-20 minutes from the stations but sometimes causes trafic congestion. Although the access is not so good, you can see the beautifl secne of the old temple. Also, there are many Japanese soba restraunts or shops in the park. Next to the tample, there is a botanical garden, and is is also good. Especially visiting in autum season such as late November is recommended to see autum leaves.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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EduSnacker wrote a review Sep 2018
Helsinki, Finland117 contributions13 helpful votes
An extremely beautiful temple area with lovely natural sights and the biggest carps I have seen so far in Japan! This place really is a hidden gem a bit further off the central regions of Tokyo. I would recommend checking out the botanical garden as well while you're there. A delightful, local market seems to be held next to the temple monthly, and I was lucky enough to visit the place on the right day to enjoy it.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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