Zen Buddhism practice at the historic temple of Kasuisai

Unique Experience

Motoyuki H.

4.92(13) reviews
Other Shizuoka Locations
English, Japanese (Native)
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 3 people

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.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

Kakegawa Station (taken by JR bullet train *stop only Kodama express)

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.

Ending Point

Kasuisai Temple

What to Expect

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; a Zuiryukau (guesthouse) and a Tosu (toilet), and has been designated a National Cultural Property.

To practice Zen meditation, you must 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).

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!

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

Note that this is a public event (not private). You and I (your wonderful guide) will take part in these events alongside other people.

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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

Important Information

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

Reviews

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Laura H.

Feb 3, 2020

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.

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Baron S.

Oct 15, 2019

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.

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Amanda V.

Sep 17, 2019

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 :)

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Jonathan B.

Jun 21, 2019

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 as efficient as it was being able to have him plan our day for us and guide us all around. Looking forward to coming back to Japan someday and being able to hire him to take us to another area of Japan for another memorable day. Thank you Moto for giving us such a perfect day of adventure in Fuji region!

$216/ per group

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