Zen Temple Tour

JPY 8,700~
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Private Zen temple experience including raking white gravel

Zen Buddhism teaches us to live “now”, this very moment, while emptying our mind, but how are we supposed to focus on “now” with other people around us?
Don’t you worry because the venue is exclusively open to our tour, which means you get to have the whole temple only for you. Embrace the moment in this private temple where no sound distracts you.

Tour Details

1.Visit a Buddhist temple closed to the public, and participate in all sorts of religious activities※¹ which monks practice day in day out.

Buddhist temple

2.Meet the humble head priest of the Zen temple, who will introduce some teachings of Buddhism.※² (15 min.)

3.See a peaceful garden with a stunning pine tree growing horizontally. (15 min.)

a garden
zen meditation

4.Join 15 minute Zen meditation※³, known as zazen, in a quiet space where no sound from outside can reach. (25 min.)

5.Copy a part of sutra by tracing Chinese characters, just like monks used to do in ancient times. (25 min.)

Copy a sutra
garden raking

6.Empty your mind when you take on a role to rake white gravel※⁴ at the temple’s dry rock garden, or Zen garden. As far as we know, this is the only temple in Kyoto which allows visitors to do this. (30 min.)

Important notice

  • ※¹ Whether to join one activity or another is up to you. In case you decide to skip one activity, however, you are still required to stay within the sight of a guide, for example, by quietly enjoying the garden.
  • ※² Although some of the Buddhist principles will be introduced during this tour, it is never meant to contradict your belief on other religion.
  • ※³ Low chairs are available upon request. Still, avoid wearing skirts or inflexible pants so as not to feel uncomfortable while sitting.
  • ※⁴ When heavy rain, this activity is replaced with having Japanese green tea and some confectioneries (no price reduction is applied).


Tour Price
2 people 9,500 yen p.p
3 people 9,300 yen p.p
4 people 9,100 yen p.p
5 people 8,900 yen p.p
6 people 8,700 yen p.p
Tour Style
Departs & Finish
Kyoto Station (or your hotel in the central part of the city)
A Zen Buddhist temple
Nearest station
JR Tofukuji Station
JR train
Travel time
20 minutes (one way)
Staying time at the venue
2 hours
Age restriction
From 12 years old. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adults.
Adult pricing applies to all travelers
Req. per Booking
2-6 guests
Req. to Run Tour
2 guests
Transportation fee, guiding fee, travel insurance

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  1. Depending on operational circumstances, certain tour dates may be cancelled, or tour operation may cease entirely.
  2. At the meeting point, please show your reservation confirmation sheet in any form.
  3. Guests are asked to read the Booking Policy & Terms & Conditions before booking.