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Introduced to Japan in the 6th century, Buddhism is one of Japan's main religions, and many of the most famous sights throughout the country are Buddhist temples. There are different options for visiting these temples, including basic tours, overnight temple stays, Zen meditation classes, and more!
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  1. No.1
    Soothe heart and mind with Zen meditation at Shourinji Temple in Kyoto. Seek calm in the quiet temple grounds then enjoy a reflective cup of tea afterwards.

    From USD9.55

    Daily
    1.5 - 2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  2. No.2
    While in Kyoto, take a moment to calm your mind through the practice of shakyo at Shourinji Temple. Open to beginners, no Japanese knowledge required.

    USD14.33

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  3. No.3
    Handmake your own rosary, perfect as a meditation aid, and a traditional tool of Buddhism in our open cafe. The gentle stone also makes a great present.

    From USD14.33

    Daily
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  4. Shakyo is the traditional practice of transcribing sutras. By concentrating on the letters of sutras, you can relax your mind as you work. Take your writing brush home as a souvenir, too.

    USD14.33

    Daily
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  5. Soothe your mind with an elegant and peaceful tea ceremony in historic Nara, a short walk from Todaiji Temple. Located in a Showa era building, this tea ceremony takes you back to a quieter time.

    USD47.76

    Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  6. Immerse yourself in the world of Buddhism as you take part in an authentic Zazen meditation experience in a historical temple. Listen to the calming chants as you find peace while the Buddhist monk reads the sacred scriptures aloud.
    English Available

    USD51.58

    Daily
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  7. Step away from the busy streets of Tokyo to experience a moment of peace with a cup of matcha green tea specially prepared by a head monk of a 1300-year-old temple. Get helpful assistance as you take part in an authentic tea ceremony.
    English Available

    USD61.90

    Daily
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  8. Follow the path of the monk, Kukai, by visiting the Yashima Temple, known to be one of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Discover the history behind the Genpei War by visiting the battlegrounds and museum by taxi.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    USD72.60

    Daily
    3 - 3.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. Discover the local culture of Japan as explore an off-the-beaten path that starts from Tokyo. Visit a historical thatched roof temple, see a massive Buddha statue, and enjoy a sake brewery tour with a personal English-speaking guide.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    From USD189.14

    Group Discount
    Daily
    10.5 hour(s) (morning)
  10. Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mt. Koya, on a speedy train and spend a full day exploring the idyllic Shingon Buddhist temples. Gain insight into the simple lifestyle of the monks with a special Buddhist lunch.
    Meal Provided
    Special

    From USD81.20

    2-for-1
    Review Rebate
    Daily
  11. Spend a night at the sacred Mt. Koya and take part in the morning prayers to experience the lifestyle of a monk. Explore the many World Heritage Buddhist temples with a convenient 2-day bus pass.
    Meal Provided
    Special

    From USD186.28

    Daily
  12. Hike up the trails of Gokurakuji Temple and enjoy the view. Experience a spiritual adventure with a monk as your guide and see Japan's third largest wooden Buddha. Try your hand at Buddhist Sutra writing and have a memorable experience in Hiroshima
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD55.50

    Group Discount
    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  13. See the iconic spots of Fukui on a comfortable taxi. Make your way to Tojinbo and let the sight of tall cliffs take your breath away. Visit the historical Zen temple Eiheiji afterward.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD93.62

    Daily
    3 - 3.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  14. Go on a two-day retreat at the peaceful and sacred Mt. Koya. Experience a Shingon Buddhist monk's way of life by spending the night in a temple and taking part in morning prayers. Visit several UNESCO World Heritage temples on this immersive tour.
    Meal Provided
    Special

    From USD186.28

    Daily
  15. Dive deep into the history and culture of Sendai and Matsushima with a private guide. Discover the city's unique culture through visits to Osaki Hachimangu Shrine, Zuiganji Temple, and more.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD367.78

    Daily
    7 hour(s) (morning)
  16. See Kyoto and Arashiyama's most stunning spots, including the famous Bamboo Grove! Experience sutra copying at Daikakuji Temple, savor a Buddhist lunch at Tenryuji Temple and ride a rickshaw.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD277.03

    Mon, Fri
    7 - 7.5 hour(s) (morning)
  17. Visit one of the Seven Great Buddhist Temples and discover the history and culture of Nara. A great opportunity to also experience Zazen meditation with your monk guide!

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    1.5 hour(s)
  18. Explore various temples comfortably on a private taxi as you take a tour around the towns of Yamagata to pay a visit to the Seven Gods of luck and fortune.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD154.28

    Daily
    2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  19. Let the local drivers take you around for a spiritual journey to visit the 33 Mogami Bodhisattvas in Yamagata. Enjoy from a one day or two day pilgrimage experience.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD493.68

    Daily
    8 hour(s) - 2 day (morning)
  20. The Seven Deities of Good Fortune are each said to bring great luck in their areas. Trace the pilgrimage route in a comfortable taxi and test it yourself.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD199.65

    Daily
    4.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)

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