Live like a Buddhist monk with a temple stay
Experience new ways to meditate alongside monks at a historic temple in Nagano
Welcome to Zenkoji, one of Japan’s great Buddhist temples. This sanctuary in Nagano Prefecture has a history of over 1,400 years and was a place of worship for notable samurai including Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu. Zenkoji also prides itself in being non-denominational, a rarity in Japanese Buddhism.
Visitors can stay for a night and participate in the temple’s rituals. You will stay in Yakuoin, one of the temples within the Zenkoji compound. Spend your evening exploring the temple, and wake up early to participate in O-asaji, the sunrise rituals. Listen to the bells and chants to center yourself in meditation. Gaze upon the gorgeous lapis lazuli and gold interior of the main hall to reflect on your time.
After a meal break, you will deepen your spiritual connection. You can try shakyo, transcription of Buddhist sutras for meditative purposes, and zazen, Zen-style meditation. The experience includes authentic Buddhist vegetarian meals and English-speaking guides.
657 Motoyoshi-cho, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken
2 days 1 night