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Zen Buddhism practice at the historic temple of Kasuisai

7 Hours
up to 3 people
English ( Business ), Japanese ( Native )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Here at Kasuisai Temple, you can have an authentic Buddhist Zen experience for a day.
Kasuisai Temple belongs to the Soto style of Zen Buddhism. It is located in the city of Fukuori (my hometown), Shizuoka prefecture. It was founded 600 years ago and has a traditional architectonic design worthy to see; a Zuiryukau (guesthouse) and a Tosu (toilet), and has been designated a National Cultural Property.


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  • Zazen meditation

    Sit with you legs crossed for 30 minutes in the Buddhist hall (it is important not to move during meditation), and when the time is right, the monk will smack you on the shoulder with a Keisaku (wooden stick).

  • Copywriting Sutra

    Shakyou, or Sutra writing, is the traditional Japanese way of writing Kanjis (Chinese characters) on Washi (Japanese paper). Experience traditional Japanese calligraphy yourself using a brush pen and Indian ink.

  • Buddhism dish (Vegetarian dish)

    Buddhist monks traditionally eat a Buddhist diet. Buddhism strictly prohibits to kill or eat animals, so is completely vegetarian, but very tasty and beautiful.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM
Meeting Point Kakegawa Station (taken by JR bullet train *stop only Kodama express)
Ending Point Kasuisai Temple

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee (English)
Lunch (Buddhism dish)

What‘s not included

Offertory for Buddhisim practice = JPY3,800 per person
Transportation fee (JR train and local bus from Kakegawa sta. to Kasuisai temple) = approx. JPY500 per person


Tour operates (2021) on Apr3, Apr17, May1, May15, Jun5, Jun19, Sep4, Sep18, Oct2, Oct16, Nov6, Nov20. *Contact to check availability on your requesting day.

Only adult can participate in this tour (over 15 years on request).
Prepare appropriate outfit for Buddhism practice (less revealing).
Accommodation can be arranged before and after the tour in the location.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Laura Laura United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ The perfect day with Motoyuki in the five lakes area! ”

Motoyuki was kind enough to pick us up from our hotel. He then guided us through many sights in the Aokigahara forest and had lots of useful history and information to share. We were very lucky to be with him in the forest because it's easy to get lost. He also showed us Mount Fuji from many beautiful angels and we enjoyed great conversation over lunch. I highly recommend everyone book with him when they are sightseeing in this area.

Baron Baron United States ( Family )
1 year ago

“ A guide that really cares about your experience in Japan ”

Motoyuki is fantastic. It was a great tour but even more important was he went way out of his way to help us. I was with my elderly mother and he went to a lot of effort beyond what could be expected to help make things easier on her. I have stayed at some very high end resorts and the customer service from Motoyuki was even better. He is not only a good tour guide but such a calm and caring man. Looking forward to seeing him again next time I am in the area.

Amanda Amanda Australia ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Aokigahara Forrest, Mt Fuji and Arakurayama Shrine ”

Moto is a fantastic guide, he was happy to share his local knowledge of Mt Fuji, the Forrest, and the Shrine which was exactly what we were looking for. Moto was able to accomodate my slow walking and extra stops for viewing My Fuji. I would book Moto again in a heart beat, he's amazing :)

Jonathan Jonathan United States
1 year ago

“ Best day in Japan seeing Mount Fuji and Aokigahara Forest! ”

We had the absolute best day with Motoyuki! He was so fantastic and kind right from the pick up and made everything easy for us with helping figure out transport of where to meet him and he planned one of our most memorable days in Japan. Our itinerary on our limited time in the Fuji area he was able to show us some amazing viewpoints at the Fuji 5 lakes and took us into Aokigahara forest to the ice caves which was incredible and even to a Japanese onsen with views of Mount Fuji from the indoor and outdoor hot springs. Lunch was also amazing and we were able to try some local delicacies to the area. I highly recommend a day tour with him! Incredibly great value in hiring him as our private guide to take us to this area as having done it by ourselves would have been difficult and not nearly... read more

Roline Roline United Kingdom ( Couple )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Mount Fuji ”

Moto-san took us to a unique spot to photograph Japan’s famous mountain. What a view,! We saw a lot, met local people, ate beautiful Sushi, ( actually the best we had), and learnt a lot. Thank you so much

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