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Okuyama Houkouji【Zen Experience】

Experience "Zen" with tranquility in deep green


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Okuyama Houkouji is located in Inasachō Okuyama, Kita-ku, which is in the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. It is the head temple of the Houkouji sect of Rinzai Buddhism and is also famous as a Zen temple representative of the Tōkai region. The temple is also known as Okuyama Hansōbō.

During the second year of the Kentoku Era (1371,) Mumongensenzenji, the son of Emperor Godaigo, established this Zen temple on 60 hectares of land. On the grounds were the Great Main Hall, the Hansōbō temple, the Founder's Hall, and a three-story pagoda, among other buildings. On one occasion, Mumongensenzenji paid a visit to the shrine and seeing that the scenery was similar to that of Tendai-san Houkouji in China, he gave the name Houkouji to this temple.

Mumongensenzenji made pilgrimages to various regions of China and while on his return to Japan, his ship almost sank. It is said that the power of Hansōbō allowed him to escape disaster and due to this miraculous event, many people from all over the country now come to this temple to pray for protection from danger, prosperous business dealings, and fulfillment of wishes. Hansōbō's earthly form is also known to offer protection from fire and so, the Hansōbō Grand Festival is held in October and there is a Fire Protection Festival (or Fire Festival) in February.

There are over 500 stone arhat statues placed on the main road heading up the mountain kindly greeting all visitors to the temple. On top of the stone bridge, there are four arhat statues... or sometimes five, as some people who have witnessed this mysterious phenomenon have reported.

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Admission <Discounts for groups of 20 or more>
Babies and children under school age Free Babies and children under school age Free
Junior high and down ¥200 Junior high and down ¥150
Adult(high school and up) ¥500 Adult(high school and up) ¥350


■ 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.

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FEE
¥1,000 per person ※A separate admission fee is required.
Number of people 2 people and more ※Please contact for a large group.
Reservation 3-day advanced notice required.
Reception hours 9am〜3pm
※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.

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FEE
¥1,000 per person ※A separate admission fee is required.
Number of people 1 people and more ※Please contact for a large group.
Reservation You can participate on the day of your visit.
Reception hours 9am〜3pm


■ 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.

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FEE
¥1,000 per person ※A separate admission fee is required.
Number of people 1 people and more ※Please contact for a large group.
Reservation You can participate on the day of your visit.
Reception hours 9am〜3pm


■ Shojin Ryori
(A vegetarian cuisine originally created for Buddhist monks encompassing their dietary restrictions)
You can enjoy seasonal Shojin Ryori by reservation only. Shojin Ryori is prepared with natural ingredients with vegetables as its main staple. It generally omits meat, fish, green onions, Chinese chives, and garlic. The Houkouji's special, vegetarian imitation Unajyu (imitation eel over rice served in a box) can be reserved on the day of your visit.

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FEE <Seasonal Shoujin Ryori>
¥2,500 per person ※A separate admission fee is required.
Number of people 1 people and more ※Please contact for a large group.
Reservation You can participate on the day of your visit.
Reception hours 11am〜1pm

FEE <Seasonal Shoujin Ryori plus additional side dishes>
¥3,500 per person ※A separate admission fee is required.
Number of people 1 people and more ※Please contact for a large group.
Reservation 2-day advanced notice required.
Reception hours 11am〜1pm

FEE <Shojin Unajyu>
¥1,500 per person ※A separate admission fee is required.
Number of people 1 people and more ※Please contact for a large group.
Reservation You can participate on the day of your visit.
Reception hours 11am〜1pm

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We may be unable to accomodate same day reservations.


■ One day Zen experience
You can stop by and try Zen activities while sightseeing in the area. Your body and mind will be refreshed by meditating in a peaceful mountain temple. You can also relax and enjoy seeing and walking inside the temple.

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FEE
¥5,000 per person ※Shojin Ryori, Shakyo or Shabutsu and Zazen
Number of people 2 people and more ※Please contact for a large group.
Reservation 3-day advanced notice required.
Reception hours 9am〜3pm


■ One Night Zen Experience
(The second Saturday every month / Reservation required)
FEE
¥9,800〜 per person ※Zazen, Shakyo, prayer, dinner (Shojin Ryori), breakfast
Number of people Available for single guests (minimum 2 people)
Reservation 3-day advanced notice required.
Time Begins and 3pm, and concludes at 9am the following day.
Require Because it is conducted in Japanese, we recommend that those guests unable to communicate in Japanese bring along an interpreter.
※ Please contact us for details.

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http://www.houkouji.or.jp/index.html (Japanese)



For inquiries and
reservations in English
E-mail info@inhamamatsu.com




Okuyama Hansobo "Fire Festival"
Every February 16th

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The Okuyama Hansobo is believed to house the god of fire prevention, as the temple's quarters for priests were spared from a rampant forest fire that decimated the surrounding area in 1881. At "the Fire Festival," participants dressed in white pray for the safety of families, protection from illness, and for the the prevention of fires. Ordinary guests can also try their hand at walking across "flaming" coals. It is said that those who succeed will be free of illness for one year.



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>> 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.

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