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Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum

  • Experience a new world - the world of Zen
  • One-and-a-half the size of Tokyo Dome!
  • Experience zazen meditation, cuisine, Zen paintings, Sutras, Kohtei art pavilion, bathhouses and tea in one go, via an audio guide!
  • See. Walk. Rest. Meditate.
  • No time limit, enjoy at your own pace!
HostShinshoji: Zen and Garden Museum
DaysDaily
Business Hours9:00~,10:00~,11:00~,12:00
Duration2~4+ hours

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Seven Zen Experiences

4,800JPY~
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Duration: 4+ hours
* zazen meditation, cuisine, Zen paintings, Sutras, Kohtei art pavilion, bathhouses and tea, plus audio guide
(in Japanese, English, Chinese)
*Includes entrance fee
*Children of preschool age free of charge (meal and bathhouse use charged separately)

Three Zen Experiences

1,500JPY~
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Duration: 2+ hours
Zen meditation, Zen paintings, Kohtei plus audio guides
(in Japanese, English, Chinese)
*Includes entrance fee
*Children of preschool age free of charge (meal and bathhouse use charged separately)

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Address

Hiroshima Prefecture, Fukuyama City, Numakuma-cho, Kamisanna 91

Access

Access via public transport

*By bus:
Sanyo Shinkansen, Sanyo Main Line: 30 minutes by Tomotetsu Bus from Fukuyama Station
Tomotetsu Bus: Fukuyama Station Bus Stop No. 6 bound for "Miroku no Sato", get off at "Tenjinyama" and walk for 15 minutes
Tomotetsu Bus (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays): Get off at Shinshoji Temple at Fukuyama Station Bus Stop No. 6 "Miroku no Sato Direct"

*By car
25 minutes by car from Fukuyama Station
40 minutes from Fukuyama Higashi Interchange on the Sanyo Expressway
25 minutes from Fukuyama Nishi Interchange

Activity Information

Experience a new world - the world of Zen

Shinshoji Zen and Garden Museum is a novel facility designed precisely to introduce the otherwise hidden, hard-to-experience Zen to the world.
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum

A total of seven Zen experiences

See. Walk. Rest. Meditate.
Please enjoy the seven Zen experiences at your leisure, whilst listening to our audio guide (available in Japanese, English, Chinese)

Kohtei
Kohtei is the art pavilion built on the grounds of Shinshoji Zen Temple. With a total length of 46 meters the foundation of the impressive Kohtei is laid out in stone and gravel, with a massive ship-shaped pavilion on top, creating a floating illusion. What awaits you inside is a fusion of contemporary art with the traditional Zen - a truly unique collaboration.
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum
Photo : Nobutada OMOTE|SANDWICH

Exhibit dedicated to Hakuin Ekaku with over 200 items

Zen paintings
The exhibit features countless texts and paintings by Hakuin Ekaku, whose goal was to spread the Zen Buddhist teachings. Out of the 200+ items there are 30-40 items rotating on display.
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum

Zazen, Sutra tracing

Try your hand at techniques designed to rid you of your worldly thoughts.

Zazen
The seated meditation focuses on controlling your breathing and with that, your heart and mind. An empty heart, devoid of worldly desires and worries is truly at peace.
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum
Sutra tracingSutra tracing
By focusing solely on copying the Sutras you let go of the chaos and turmoil that plague your mind on a daily basis.
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum

Bath

In Zen, your every action of your daily routine is a part of your training. By purifying yourself you rid both your body and mind of any impurities. We have both wooden and stone bathtubs prepared with alternating days for ladies and gentlemen.

Cypress bath: even days = male, odd days = female
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum
Stone bath: even days = female, odd days = male
*towels are free of charge
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum

Cuisine and tea

Cuisine
You can enjoy authentic udon noodles eaten by the monk Unsui at the training dojo of the Rinzai sect.
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum
Tea
Enjoy a cup of green tea while taking a break or silently contemplating the Zen gardens.
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum

Escape the mundane and face yourself

The museum strives to provide a space where you can feel the time flow pleasantly. How about escaping the mundane and sincerely glancing into yourself?
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum

Reviews(1)

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  • Traveler
    Posted:2022-05-02

    思ったより敷地が広い

    お寺の中は、もう少しこじんまりとした感じなのかな?と思ってましたが、私が想像していたより、とても広く良い運動になりました。体験の日はあいにくの雨でしたが、室内での体験だったので大丈夫でした。本格的な禅を体験というよりも、日本の禅やお寺に触れてみるきっかけになる場所だなぁと思いました。美術館に行っているような気軽に楽しめる場所でした。
    私は、マイペースなので、1人でのんびりと自分なりの禅を楽しめたので、よかったです。
    ありがとうございました。

    Plan:Seven Zen Experiences

    When did you visit?:April 2022

Important Notes

* The temple premises are quite wide so please bring comfortable shoes e.g. sneakers.
* Regarding the use of audio guides:
You will be given a QR code at the reception desk. Please use it to download the audio guide app to your smartphone.
* We highly recommend using earphones with the audio guides as they improve concentration an in turn your experience. We offer basic earphones for sale.
* Please refrain from making loud noises in crowded areas.
*At the front desk you will be given a strap, please wear it around your neck as you walk around
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