Kyoto Zen World(YOUMEI-IN)
A True Zen Experience at Renowned Temples of Kyoto.
Zen is one part of Japanese culture that is well known around the world. Zen is the practice of finding insight to oneself to become a better self, especially for the benefit of others. This Zen-themed tour will take you to stay at one of the five renowned temples in Kyoto, usually closed to the public, where you can experience zazen (meditation) and sarei (tea manners) in tea ceremony.
The experience will be at one of the five temples, all subject to availability, but only one group is allowed per temple: Daijiin is a temple with a beautiful teahouse and amazing Karesansui (rock garden). Youmei-in is located near Tenryu-ji, a UNESCO world heritage site. Kaihou-ji is known for their hand-made monk food a delight to try. Shinnyo-ji has a beautiful Japanese garden, and Koun-ji has an exquisite Japanese pond garden with Higashiyama mountain in the background.
You may rediscover yourself through the special cultural experience of tradition in the temple with the monks. The unparalleled experience of Zen could also give you a better insight and understanding to Japanese values, cultures, and history.
Youmei-in was founded in 1413, by Taigaku Syusu, a disciple of Muso Kokushi, a Zen monk. It is a temple located nearby in Tenryu-ji, a world heritage site. Here, you will have the opportunity for an unforgettable
experience bathing in a traditional Japanesestyle iron bathtub, called hagama. Aside from the zazen experience guided by the monks, there will be a tour around Arashiyama. A walk around the district, early in the morning will be a refreshing delight, to get a true feel of Kyoto.
ITINERARIES & INFORMATIONS
|Upon your request from 2017 (except designated day such as New Year holiday)|
|Arrival at Kyoto|
|Around 13:30||Transfer to the Zen Temple|
|16:00||Zazen experience at the temple|
|16:30||Continue Zen experiences|
Dinner to be catered from a Japanese restaurant from nearby temple.
Overnight at one of the five designated Zen Temples
|7:00||Free walking tour in the temple|
|11:00||Transfer to Kyoto station or Kyoto city hotel|