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Zen Meditation and Ceremony Led by Monk with English Speaking Guide in Tokyo


Learn Zen meditation with a local monk

Join a Japanese Zen monk of the Soto branch for a casual class in basic Zen meditation and relaxation techniques. Beginners and all levels welcome, and English interpretation is included.

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Zen Buddhism has had a huge influence on Japanese culture and remains popular today throughout the world as a means of self-understanding and peace. This tour offers the opportunity to try out Zen meditation in a friendly, small-group non-religious setting in a workshop space located within a few subway stops of the major areas of Ueno and Asakusa.. Beginners and all levels of experience are welcome as are believers of all faiths and philosophies.
Start with some simple relaxation techniques, useful for preparation to meditate or just on their own, before engaging in a short Zen meditation session. Floor cushions are provided and chairs are also available.
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Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Check-in
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  • 13:00 Meet at Minami Senju Station
  • Walk to the Studio
    IMG_0231_S Stretch your legs a bit on the short walk to the studio.Once there, meet the monk and join a brief ceremony to bless the class. Then, learn some simple relaxation techniques to help calm your mind, great for everyday as well as during this experience.
  • Zen Meditation
    IMG_0325_S The monk will demonstrate Zen meditation and lead participants in a short session. We will sit cross-legged on meditation cushions on the floor, but it is not at all required to sit in true full- or half-lotus position. Chairs are available as well.
  • Tea Time
    After the meditation, simple tea will be served, and there will be time for a few questions. English interpreting is provided for the entire time, meaning no language barrier!
  • 15:00 Tour ends at Minami Senju Station
    • The standard minimum age to participate in this tour is 15 years. Families or parties with children under 15, please inquire.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Please come with comfortable clothes to sit down. Shoes must be removed in the meditation hall.
Additional Note(s)
    • English interpreting is provided for the entire time.
    • This tour is not cancelled for weather except in extreme circumstances (e.g., typhoons) in which case we will contact you.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 13:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.


Language English
Pick-up Not available
Duration 2 hour(s)
Availability Wed
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