Visit the ancient temple of Zenpoji where the divine dragon serpents of Naga and Nagi are believed to reside and watch over the oceans.
This temple was originally constructed in 938 by fishermen from across Japan and continues to be visited by thousands of fishermen each year to wish for safe and bountiful harvests of the seas.
This expansive and beautiful temple is open to the public and offers guests the chance to learn about and experience Soto Zen, the largest of the three sects of Buddhism in Japan.
Zenpoji’s enriching experience is led directly by the monks of this temple and will take guests deep into the halls of Zenpoji Temple where we will take part in a session of zen meditation in the same rooms that the monks of this temple train. This spiritual training is not an intense experience, rather it encourages practitioners to open their minds and learn to accept the world around them and putting our heart and mind in a state unburdened by the weight of our daily lives.
Following this session we will move to another part of the temple where we will try shojin ryori, the traditional vegetarian cuisine of the monks of Zenpoji. Prior to and during this meal we will learn about the strict rules of the ingredients, preparation, and dining etiquette of this spiritual cuisine and how it is a central part of the training and discipline of these monks.
This training session will also include a guided tour of the temple with the monks where we will see some the stunning display of artifacts and art accumulated by the centuries of worship and this temple.
|Event Date(s)||Year Round|
|Activity Length||Approximately 2.5 – 3 hours|
|Price||8,000 yen/person (minimum 2 people)|
Please note that you will need a rental car or taxi from Tsuruoka to reach this location.
A local bus line does operate in this area.