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Discover Yourself at a Zen Temple


Live like a monk and meditate in serene natural surroundings 


Experiencing the life of a Buddhist monk is an interesting opportunity for travelers who want a deeper exploration of Japan, and themselves. Shogakuji temple in Saitama offers overnight meditation retreats called Shukuhaku Zazen and single day visit zazen lunches.



Shogakuji has welcomed visitors from over 28 countries to participate in zazen, a form of seated meditation, and sutra copying, known as shakyo. Feel the beauty of nature as you kneel on tatami mats and gaze out the window, letting your mind wander in soulful contemplation. Hold the brush and feel its soothing rhythm as it moves across the paper.


Your overnight retreat, including two contemplative zazen sessions and two shojin ryori meals, can be reserved up to five days ahead. People with dietary requirements, such as vegans, vegetarians, and those who cannot consume pork or alcohol, will welcome the temple’s shojin ryori, the traditional Buddhist cuisine made without meat or seafood.



Shogakuji Temple


2326 Kaminaguri, Hanno-shi, Saitama-ken


2 days 1 night




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