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Diet Helper Japan

#83 of 258 Tours in Kyoto
Kyoto, Japan
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Zen Meditation and Food Tour at Daiyouin Temple in Kyoto Experience the practice of Zen meditation at Daiouin Temple followed by a traditional Japanese meal of shidashi. Guests will begin the tour by viewing the beautiful zen gardens at the adjacent Myoushinji temple. A Zen priest will then guide participants through a zazen meditation practice with a lecture on the significance of Zen Buddhism in Japanese culture.
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565ami wrote a review May 2017
Tokyo, Japan1 contribution1 helpful vote
I have been to Kyoto many times but this I felt the Japanese culture the most. We had Shidashi lunch in Zen room where has beautiful Japanese garden view. Shidashi lunchi is kind of Japanese full course lunch in a Bento box. Zen meditiation, full course lunch, sake, great view on best season. That is so valuable!
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Date of experience: April 2017
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jun0312 wrote a review May 2017
Japan2 contributions1 helpful vote
The Zen meditation was first time for me, but could have very relax time. it's very valuable experience. Shidashi lunch and sake was very good! I want to visit again the temple
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Date of experience: April 2017
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CMcCarthy wrote a review May 2017
La Jolla, California2 contributions3 helpful votes
We started the morning viewing the cherry blossoms at Myonshinji temple, an ancient temple complex with spectacular architectural features. The meticulous attention to detail made me feel as if I were in a heavenly work of art. The gardens were beautifully curated and fresh to the senses after a light rain. Our zen master sensei was the perfect teacher. He lightly guided us through the weeds of our mind to a place of pure relaxation and peace. We had no trouble understanding the subtle intricacies of his teaching because we were always in the presence of an English speaking guide. She was able to elaborate on the history and significance of Zen in Japanese culture. Lunch was served in a beautiful room overlooking a zen garden. We ate in silence, not because we had to, but because the food was so rich in flavor it left most of us speechless. Highly recommend this tour for those wanting to have a unique experience during a visit to Kyoto.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Michaela R wrote a review Apr 2017
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This tour included an information tour around the temple grounds with a very capable and knowledgeable interpreter, a wonderful zazen meditation experience with a very calm, happy and welcoming monk, a beautifully prepared traditional Japanese lunch box - in 'Shidashi' style (an old style of food not easy to find around, and definitely worth trying at least once), and matcha tea and a Japanese sweet to finish. It was a great well-rounded tour. Calming, away from the crowds, informative, and led by a very sweet guide. There are temples all over Kyoto and seemingly traditional things happening everywhere you look, but as a westerner with a language barrier you are often looking from the outside in, without much understanding of what, how and why things are happening. But this tour took us away from the crowds, and let us experience and learn about some of these traditions in an authentic yet non-threatening way. Recommended.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Response from Diethelperjapan, Owner at Diet Helper Japan
Responded Apr 11, 2017
Hi Michaela, It was such a pleasure meeting you and we are happy to hear you enjoyed the tour! We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan! All the best, Chisayo
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Thuy N wrote a review Apr 2017
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I was very glad that I joined this tour. It included visiting Japanese style garden inside Myoshinji temple (one of the biggest, oldest and most beautiful Buddhist temple in Kyoto), Zen meditating with the instruction by the monk, having Shidashi bento (vegetarian foods inside, you can order this bento to your place as well - you dont need to go to the restaurant) and matcha. All the activities were very authentic and well prepared. The tour has English translator, so I did not have any problem with language barriers. The organizer - Chisayo san is very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend for anyone wants to have an unique experience in Kyoto!!
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Response from Diethelperjapan, Owner at Diet Helper Japan
Responded Apr 11, 2017
Hi Thuy, Thank you so much for joining our tour! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed it! Have a great stay in Japan! Chisayo
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