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Temple lodging

A temple stay, or shukubo in Japanese, will bring you close to Japan and its culture. The tranquillity and beautiful scenery, together with the spiritual environment, will create an unforgettable experience.

With no houses or buildings nearby, Taiyoji Temple's main hall built in the Edo period, has always offered temple lodgings. Even today there is no TV or cell/mobile phone reception. Instead you will hear the birds and the sound of the clear streams. Looking up from the outside bath, you will enjoy nature's blessings and a wonderful starry sky.

In this place, far removed from the 21th century yet conveniently close to Tokyo, you can let go of worldly affairs. "Learn from nature, let nature teach you;" this is the concept that has been taught in Zen for over 700 years and that we continue to teach at Taiyoji.

In the summer of 2010 national broadcaster NHK paid a visit and dedicated a TV programme to a Taiyoji temple stay as part of a series on much valued temples.

  • By reservation only
  • Japanese and English spoken
  • If it is crowded, rooms may need to be shared. Please check in advance.
  • It is possible to book for a single person.
  • Rate: 9.000 yen per night per person; this includes dinner and breakfast.
  • Babies and children accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome, they pay full price from the age of 6 and stay for free below that age.
  • We can only accept cash, payments with credit and debit cards are unfortunately not possible.
  • Zen meditation (zazen) and sutra copying (see below) are included for free.
  • Body soap and shampoo are available, but please bring towels, a toothbrush and nightwear.
  • Don't forget to bring loose clothes to use during meditation.

As there are days when we are fully booked, please check in advance.
For reservations and inquiries, please use this contact form or phone:
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Shukubo schedule
Make a reservation by phone or via this contact form.
Please phone us to reconfirm your reservation 2-3 days before the booked date.

First day:

3:30PM Check in
Free transportation will be provided from Mitsumineguchi station (Chichibu Railroad) for arrivals by train at 3:29PM (weekdays) or at 3:36PM (weekends and holidays.)
4PM Sutra copying
Sutra copying, or shakyo in Japanese, is the practice of hand copying the Buddhist Heart Sutra text and is a devotional practice, including worship, literature, and calligraphy. No calligraphy experience is required and if you would like to explore the environment first it is possible to delay the start. For those who wish to meditate instead, the zendo (the meditation hall) will be open. The sutra copying will take about 1.5 to 2 hours. Those who finish early can enjoy the outdoor bath (rotenburo) at any time.
rotenburo
6:15PM Sutra chanting
You are welcome to participate.
7:15PM Evening meal
This will be shojin ryori, the delicious vegetarian food served in Buddhist temples.
Star gazing
Before bedtime enjoy the star filled skies. (On cloudy days we will talk about Buddhism instead)
If you haven't already, enjoy our rotenburo (open air bath).

Second day:

Benefit from rising early
Take a walk around and enjoy the wilderness.
6:45AM Sutra chanting
You are welcome to participate.
7:15AM Zazen meditation
You are welcome to participate. No zazen experience is required, this will be a great opportunity to be introduced to zazen. The zendo (the meditation hall) is one of the most beautiful in the country.
8:30AM Breakfast
This will be shojin ryori, the delicious vegetarian food served in Buddhist temples.
Sermon
It can happen that this part is skipped due to our busy schedule.
10:30AM Check out
If desired, free transportation will be provided to drop you off at Mitsumineguchi station at 10:20AM.
(Depending on the number of people using this service, this might be a bit earlier.)