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One day Zen experience (Okuyama Houkouji)

One day Zen experience
(Zazen, Shakyo, Shabutsu and Shojinryori)

zen experience
shojin ryori
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You can try a casual Zen experience such as Shojin Ryori, Zazen, Shakyo and Shabutsu while sightseeing at Okuyama Hokoji, the representative Zen temple of the Tokai region. Why don't you get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get refreshed in the clear air of the mountains?
One day Zen temple experience
※Experience plan with interpretation
A plan that bundles Zazen, Shabutsu and Shojin Ryori experiences done with a monk. You can enjoy the silent time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
We recommend the plan with an interpreter if you want to learn deeply about Zen.
zen experience
Available Dates Throughout the year (some dates may not be available due to events, etc.)
Program Shojin Ryori, Zazen and Shakyo or Shabutsu
Duration About 3 hours
Start time Choose from 9:30am〜1pm or 11:30am〜3pm
Number of people 2 people〜
※Larger parties please inquire first.

Cost
Plan with interpreter
2 people ¥11,000/ per parson
3 people or more ¥10,000/ per parson
Included in Cost/ Experience, Admission, Interpretation fee
Plan without interpreter
¥5,000/ per parson
Included in Cost/ Experience, Admission fee

How to make a reservation
Please book at least 7 days before.
Please send the following information to info@inhamamatsu.com
・Plan name
・Desired Date
・Requested Number of people
・Main Guest's Name
・Nationality (for purpose of our tourism survey)
・How you can be reached on the day of reservation (cell phone, email, hotel, etc)
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Cancellation Charges
7 Day to 2 Day Notice: ¥3,000 per person
1 Day Notice: 50%
Cancel on the day of the tour or fail to show: 100%
Zazen/ Shakyo/ Shabutsu
Available Dates Throughout the year
(some dates may not be available due to events, etc.)
Reception hours 9am〜3pm
Number of people 1 or 2 people
※Larger parties please inquire first.
Fee (including the admission fee)
Adult (high school students and above) ¥1,500
Jr. high school students and below ¥1,200
Pre-schooler ¥1,000
Zazen (Zen meditation)
You can try Zazen which the study of ones self. It is easy for beginners and will be given attentive instructions such as how to properly cross your legs or keeping the proper posture by an actual monk.
禅体験
Duration 60 minutes
Number of people 2 people and more
Reservation Please book at least 3 days before.
※Attire without socks is recommended
Shakyo (Transcribing a sutra)
You will learn to stabilize your mind while transcribing a sutra by copying each of the letters. Putting all distracting thoughts out of your mind and concentrating on copying the letters will take you away from your daily life and keep you calm. The finished sutra will be said in prayer by the temple, but you can also take it home with you.
写経体験
Duration 60 minutes
Number of people 1 people and more 
Reservation Same day reservations are possible, but it's better to make a reservation.
Shabutsu (Tracing a picture of a Buddhist image)
You will learn to stabilize your mind by tracing a picture of a Buddhist image onto a sheet of paper. Even if you use the same model, the finished copies will vary as it depends on the drawer's mental attitude of that time it was created. The finished work will be prayed on the temple, but you can also take it home with you.
写仏体験
Duration 45 minutes
Number of people 1 people and more 
Reservation Same day reservations are possible, but it's better to make a reservation.
For inquiries and reservations, please contact here: info@inhamamatsu.com
Shojin Ryori
(A vegetarian cuisine originally created for Buddhist monks encompassing their dietary restrictions)
You can enjoy seasonal Shojin Ryori. Shojin Ryori is prepared with natural ingredients with vegetables as its main staple. It generally omits meat, fish, Chinese chives, and garlic. The Houkouji's special" Unajyu "(imitation eel over rice served in a box) made from tofu, lotus root and yam is popular.
精進料理
Available Dates Throughout the year
(some dates may not be available due to events, etc.)
Reception hours 11am 〜 1pm
Number of people 1 parson and more〜
Larger parties please inquire first.
Reservation Same day reservations are possible; however, the temple would prefer you to make a reservation in advance if you choose the Seasonal Shoujin Ryori plus additional side dishes.
注意事項
Basically, a reservation is ok on the day of your visit; however, the temple cannot guarantee that your reservation can be taken if other events occur on the same day; therefore, we recommend you to make a reservation in advance to ensure you can enjoy the meals.
Seasonal Shoujin Ryori
Fee (including the admission fee)
Adult (high school students and above) ¥3,000
Jr. high school students and below ¥2,700
Pre-schooler ¥2,500
Seasonal Shoujin Ryori plus additional side dishes
Fee (including the admission fee)
Adult (high school students and above) ¥4,000
Jr. high school students and below ¥3,700
Pre-schooler ¥3,500
Shojin Unajyu
Fee (including the admission fee)
Adult (high school students and above) ¥2,000
Jr. high school students and below ¥1,700
Pre-schooler ¥1,500
For inquiries and reservations, please contact here: info@inhamamatsu.com
Overnight Zen temple experience
Available Dates The second Saturday every month
Schedule Gather at 5 pm / leave at 9am the following day
Number of people 2 people〜
※Reservation is acceptable even it is one person. (However, the experience will not be held if less than two visitors make reservations). .
Reservation Please book at least 3 days before.
Participation conditions Because it is conducted in Japanese, we recommend that those guests unable to communicate in Japanese bring along an interpreter.
Cost
¥9,800〜/ per parson
Included in Cost/ Admission, Zazen, Shakyo, prayer, dinner (Shojin Ryori), Morning
For inquiries and reservations, please contact here: info@inhamamatsu.com
About Okuyama Houkouji
During the second year of the Kentoku Era (1371) Mumongensenzenji, the son of Emperor Godaigo, established this Zen temple on 60 hectares of land. 22 of the buildings are registered as a tangible cultural property.




>> Okuyama Houkouji / 奥山方広寺
ADDRESS 1577-1 Okuyama,Inasachou,Kita-ku, Hamamatsu-shi,Shizuoka
PHONE 053-543-0003
OPEN HOURS 9am – 4pm (Mountain’s reception closes at 3:30)

TRANSPORT From Hamamatsu Station
[BUS] Take the "Shiyakusho-Okuyama"line bus (60 minutes ride) at bus stop #15 of the bus terminal to "Okuyama" then walk
[TAXI] 50 minutes
[CAR] 10 minutes from Shin-tomei Expressway Hamamatsu I.C.
※From Chubu International Airport connection road (Centrair line) Centrair East Interchange to Hamamatsu Inasa interchange of Shin-tomei Expressway. 
About an hour and twenty minutes.
2020.2.17 update
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