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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. 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 USD9.13

    Daily
    1.5 - 2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  2. Let an expert historian lead you through Kyoto's famous Philosopher's Path on this 3-hour tour. Soak up nature-inspired Buddhist aesthetics and learn about traditional Japanese customs along the way.
    English Available

    USD82.00

    Tue, Thu, Sat
    3.5 hour(s) (morning)
  3. Explore Kyoto's stunning Zen gardens and Buddhist temples, including the Ryoanji and Golden Pavilion. Admire the centuries-old art of landscaping that has defined Japanese culture on this 3-hour tour.
    English Available

    From USD82.00

    Daily
    3.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  4. 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

    USD264.80

    Mon, Fri
    6.5 - 7.5 hour(s) (morning)
  5. Let a Zen master teach you Zazen meditation, and experience the culture of the temples during a walking tour of Tofukuji Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine.
    Pick-up Provided

    USD98.62

    Group Discount
    Daily
    4 hour(s) (morning)
  6. Clear your mind with a peaceful tour of Zen temples in Kyoto. You can join a zazen meditation course at Myoshinji Temple and practice the art yourself.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD132.15

    Group Discount
    Daily
    8 hour(s) (morning)
  7. Take home the peacefulness of Kyoto when you practice shabutsu at Shourinji Temple. Tracing the picture of a Buddha is said to help you meditate and bring enlightenment.

    From USD13.70

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  8. 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.

    USD13.70

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)

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