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Rev. Kawakami has a good command of English. You can experience amazing zen experience in the very relaxing atmosphere. A short tour of Shunko-in's Japanese garden and Matcha (Japanese green tea) await you after the zen experience. It costs less expensive and usually no reservation...More
This is a hidden jewel within Kyoto, far from the crowds it stands in a very pintoresque and pleasant zone, if you truly want Zen practice without any nonsense, and high level instruction, this is the place to go.
The staff is beyond desceiption for...More
This was an add on activity that we would tell people to include as a must when visiting Kyoto !! What a welcome wonderful surprise. We knew it would be different -- we had no idea it would be so impactful in a non imposing...More
We've all done a bit of meditation before, and Rev. Takafumi started the class off right by saying "Drop all your biases about meditation". It was a great class; it wasn't rushed, and we got a great perspective not only on meditation, but also on...More
Though a very 'touristy' look into a monastery, we really loved our stay. The rooms had wifi, private bathrooms, very comfortable futons and a kitchen that was stocked with tea, coffee and milk. The surrounding area is calm and beautiful, and is lovely to just...More
Reverend Takafumi gave a thorough introduction to meditation (zen in parenthesis because his principles and advice applies to many types of meditation styles). He gives both a mix of religious and scientific explanations and approaches to meditation, both pragmatic and philosophical ways of thinking about...More
Our family decided we would like to try meditation in a temple on our trip to Kyoto and so glad we tried it. The Abbot was very informative and modern minded and explained how to get the best out of the session. The setting was...More
With so many temples to choose from Shunko-In temple sets itself apart by have a fluently English speaking monk guide you through the history of the temple as well as a meditation session. Great way to clear the mind and admire the rich history and...More
It's really magic place. After visiting Tokyo, Osaka and other big cities you can feel here real old japaneese climate. You can participate in a traditional green tee making process. You have to make a meditation session.
This Zen meditation class was a very memorable and inspiring experience for me. The priest of the temple taught us how to do Zen meditation. He taught us how to use it in our everyday life and how it can help you with different aspects...More
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and
impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.