Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens
Walk the footsteps of Zen monks, even if just for an afternoon
The word “Zen” comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “absorption,” which is a simple way to describe the aim of this ancient practice: to quiet the mind so you can truly absorb. The Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens showcase the multiple aspects of Zen practice, through observation, reflection, meditation and more.
The complex is set in beautiful gardens, broken into distinct yet flowing sections, each providing a meditative place. Scattered across the grounds are several historical buildings and temples, moved from other Buddhist Zen temples. Mixed in are new structures, some based on ancient drawings and plans. Present here are the seven regular buildings (temple gate, lecture hall, Buddha hall, meditation hall, living quarters, lavatory, bath) of a traditional Zen Buddhist temple, all open to those wanting to know more. Come and enjoy a chance to calm your mind and after, a vegan meal prepared in the same manner as Buddhist monasteries. Shinshoji Zen Museum is 30 minutes from Fukuyama.