Zen Meditation at Enman-in Temple, Shiga Prefecture

Overview

Clear your mind and find inner peace on this Zen meditation experience at Shiga Prefecture's historically significant Enman-in Temple, one of only 17 'Monzeki' (temples with ties to the Imperial Family) across Japan.

Highlights

  • Find your zen as you meditate under the guidance of a Buddhist priest
  • Beginners, people with disabilities, and children welcome
  • Purify yourself and nourish your soul in a calming, tranquil environment
  • Visit the prestigious Enman-in, one of Japan's 17 'Monzeki' (temples with ties to the Imperial Family)
  • Less than 1 hour — at only 40 minutes, you can easily squeeze this experience into your busy schedule
  • Less than 1 hour — at only 40 minutes, you can easily squeeze this experience into your busy schedule
  • Less than 1 hour — at only 40 minutes, you can easily squeeze this experience into your busy schedule
  • Less than 1 hour — at only 40 minutes, you can easily squeeze this experience into your busy schedule
  • Visit the prestigious Enman-in, one of Japan's 17 'Monzeki' (temples with ties to the Imperial Family)
  • Beginners, people with disabilities, and children welcome
  • Purify yourself and nourish your soul in a calming, tranquil environment

Key Information

Important Information

• Participants must be aged 7 or older • Chairs will be provided for guests who find it difficult to sit on the ground • This experience may be unavailable during major ceremonies or other special occasions. If this is the case, we will inform you to refund or reschedule • This experience will be held in small groups of up to 6 people at a time

Description

For a mindful respite from the stress, hustle, and bustle of urban life, seek inner peace and partake in this Zen meditation session at Enman-in Temple. Located at Otsu, the capital of Shiga Prefecture that's quite close to Kyoto, this sprawling temple has a long history of over 1,000 years. It's one of only 17 'Monzeki' (temples established by or affiliated with the Imperial Family) across Japan, making it a temple of very high standing. With a scenic garden, a Zen rock garden, and even a small art museum on its grounds, this temple makes for a relaxing stroll. Enman-in's Zen meditation experience is a beginner-friendly one; even children can join in! You'll be guided by a Buddhist priest; just listen to his instructions, and you'll be good to go. Relax as you breathe in and out, take in the fragrant scent of incense, and empty your mind of thoughts while paying attention to your sensations and surroundings. The tranquil silence of the meditation room and the scenery of the garden outside will provide further healing to your senses. When you're done with the experience, you'll be refreshed and ready to face the outside world again. Why not go for a leisurely exploration of the temple grounds before you leave?

How it works

1) Once your booking is confirmed, we will send you an e-mail with a QR code, which will serve as your e-ticket 2) Your e-ticket is non-cancellable and non-refundable (unless it is canceled for reasons on the temple's end) 3) Arrive at Enman-in on your experience date, and present your QR code (printed or displayed on your smartphone)

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