Experience Japan by Staying at a Temple Lodging.
“TERAHAKU,” a search and reservation website for temples and shrines across the country that offer lodging.
Use “TERAHAKU” to participate in training workshops for Zen meditation, hand-copying sutra and morning religious services, to come into contact with traditional culture rooted in each region, and to experience the charms of traveling that can only be had through interacting with local residents.
Temples and Shrines
Through TERAHAKU, it is possible to make reservations at any temple or shrine facility. Stay at a temple and shrine lodging that is making use of its open space and talk with the monks and priests. You can refresh yourself in mind and body by spending a special time away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life.
Training Workshops Too
At temple lodgings, you can participate in a variety of training workshops, including Zen meditation, hand-copying sutra, waterfall training, yoga, and more. Spending time coming in contact with aspects of Japanese culture, such as the tea ceremony and flower arrangement, and viewing Japanese gardens and seasonal landscapes will provide you with many new observations.
All Across Japan
The number of temples and shrines that offer lodging is increasing rapidly. It is easy to make reservations online or from your smartphone even for temples and shrines that did not used to accept lodgers from among the general public. Using TERAHAKU brings you closer to temples and shrines all across Japan.
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Mii-dera（Onjō-ji）Shiga246 Onjojicho, Otsu city, Shiga Prefecture, 520-0036Lake BiwaMountain Asceticism Morning Religious Service Zen Meditation Hand-copying Sutra Buddha Statue / Buddhist Ritual Article Creation Other
NATISAN SHOUREKIJIKyoto45 Donomae Teramachi, Ayabe, KyotoZen Meditation Hand-copying Sutra Morning Religious Service Waterfall Training / Cold-water Ablution Homa / Prayer Meal Other
Ōma Shukubō Fugen-in TempleAomoriOma-machi, Shimokita-gun, Aomori PrefectureŌma Onsen Kaikyō Hōyō Center InnHand-copying Sutra Tracing a Buddhist Image
Kongō-ji Shukubō Seiho-inNaganoAzumino City, Nagano PrefectureAzumino City Hall, Azumino City Toyoshina Museum, Japanese Red Cross Society Azumino HospitalChanting Sutras
Shimizudaishi-jiShimaneYunotsu-cho, Oda City, Shimane PrefectureYunotsu General Gymnasium, Yunotsu General PlaygroundOther Ajikan Meditation Hand-copying Sutra Tracing a Buddhist Image Painting Chanting Sutras Homa / Prayer
Reihō-san Nyogan-jiOsakaOsaka City, Osaka PrefectureMorning Religious Service Tea Ceremony Calligraphy
Jōkō-jiIshikawaIida-machi, Suzu City, Ishikawa PrefectureBuddha Statue / Buddhist Ritual Article Creation Meal Yoga Other
Ryōkō-jiKumamotoHisaishi, Minamiaso-mura, Aso-gun, Kumamoto PrefectureMount Aso
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Simply sit quietly and control the rhythm of your breathing slowly and deeply. This is all required for Zen meditation, which achieves a mysterious unraveling of your mind. Why not try blowing off your everyday worldly thoughts while hearing only the calls of birds and rustling of leaves?
Morning Religious Service
Since you are staying at a temple, why not also try waking up early for the morning service? Chanting sutras in front of the principal image in the main hall. Start a refreshing day surrounded by the tense air of the early morning.
Sutras are intended to convey the teachings of Buddha. In the era before there were copying machines or photos it was necessary to transcribe each character by hand to leave these teachings behind for the world. How about trying Sutra transcription in which you can calm down and write each character with a wish?
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