Experience of Monk's Life at National Treasure Kakurin-ji Temple

Price Per Person

Tour code : 006021K

From JPY 6,000

Tour Operating : Every Day (Except for Temple Event Days)


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Sutra copying and zen meditation in a majestic temple with more than 1,400 years of history. Only one group a day is available to rent the tatami mats room overlooking the Japanese garden in this private plan.

Trip HighLights

  • Admission for temple grounds and temple museum, resources for Buddhist traditional experiences included
  • Specialty lunch & local sake, gift of calligraphy brush and socks also included.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1


Meet at Kakurin-ji Temple
Hand copying Buddhist sutra texts (Shakyo) or tracing traditional images (Shabutsu)
Zazen experience
Guided tour around the temple

About 1:30pm

Tour ends

What's Included

Buddhism Experience
Entrance Fees
Local Specialty Lunch

What's Not Included

Access Information

Tour Start Point Totasan Kakurin-ji Buddhist Temple
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point About 30 minutes walk from JR Kakogawa Station

Access Information for JR Kakogawa Station
・From Tokyo - approx 3.5hrs by Shinkansen
・From Kyoto - approx 1hr by Shinkansen
・From Osaka - approx 1hr by Shinkansen

To JR Himeji Station
・From Tokyo - approx 3.5hrs by Shinkansen
・From Kyoto - approx 50min by Shinkansen
・From Osaka - approx 50min by Shinkansen

From JR Himeji Station to Onoue no Matsu Station on Sanyou-Dentestu Line
About 30 minutes

About 30 minutes walk from JR Kakogawa Station
Tour End Point Totasan Kakurin-ji Buddhist Temple
Time Required About three hours
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Introduction to Kakurin-ji Temple

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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Trip Type

Combination of both Zazen Meditation experience with your choice of hand copying Buddhist sutra text (Shakyo) or tracing traditional images (Shabutsu)

Please choose this plan to experience real zazen meditation

Please choose this plan to learn about either hand copying Buddhist sutra texts (Shakyo) or tracing traditional images (Shabutsu)