Buddhist Practices at the Temple of 'The Last Samurai' in Hyogo

Classes & Workshops in Himeji

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【Highlights】 A traditional ascetic training at a solemn hall which was used as the setting of the Hollywood movie "The Last Samurai"Vegetarian cuisine with alcoholClimbing up Mt. Shosha with a Ropeway and have a panoramic view of Himeji cityMountain climbing and forest bathing at a place known for its spiritualityYou can learn the culture and the history form a monk directly.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Himeji Town Station, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, KinkiThere is a temple which was used as the setting of a famous Hollywood movie, The Last Samurai. The temple is located on the top of a mountain where you can have a panoramic view of Himeji city. Climbing up the mountain by bus and Ropeway, you will arrive at a temple surrounded by bountiful forests. Practicing Zazen will enhance relaxation through meditation, and practicing Shakyo (hand-copying sutra) will enliven you with its medication feature. The specific Shakyo you will practice in this plan is called "Hanabira Shakyo (Hanabira means a flower petal). From children to adults, everyone can casually try this by writing down word by word on colored paper in the shape of flower petals.After the practices, you will try Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. Buddhist vegetarian cuisine is what disciplinants have at a temple as part of their religious trainings. Since it uses seasonal food and avoids meat, vegetarians can also fully enjoy this cuisine.Pass By: Shoshazan Ropeway, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Kinki.

What’s included

  • Lunch
  • Tools necessary for practicing Zazen and Shakyo

What’s not included

  • Ropeway ticket (round trip 1,000 yen)
  • the entrance fee (500 yen)
  • The mountain bus fee (one way 500 yen)