Shinshō-ji

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    Zen training experience

    The Shinshōji International Zen Training Hall

    The Shinshōji International Zen Training Hall is a place, where common people of any nationality or religion can experience the balanced spiritual training of a monastery in the Rinzai Zen tradition.

    Head of Zen Training Hall
    Yūshū Haga (Head priest of Myōkōji)

    Zen retreat 12,000 Yen (1 night 2 days)

    Zen retreat

    By staying overnight you can make a deeper Zen experience.

    first Monday of the month
    second Friday of the month
    third Monday of the month
    fourth Friday of the month

    【Things you should bring to the retreat】
    sleepwear, toiletries etc., comfortable clothes for zazen (no skirts please)
    【How to book】
    You can make a booking by phone or fax at the latest 1 day before. The maximum number is 14 people. You can cancel your reservation at the latest 1 day before by phone. It can happen that a booking is not possible because of other events here.

    Schedule

    ※Before the retreat starts and after it is finished,you are free to walk on the temple grounds and take a bath in the bathhouse.

    ※During the retreat you may not leave the temple grounds.

    Please click here for the application for a Zen retreat.

    Zen experience  4,600 Yen (1 day)

    Zen experience

    【Points to keep in mind】
    It can happen that a booking is not possible because of other events here.
    Please inquire in advance.
    You can cancel your reservation at the latest 1 day before by phone.

    Schedule

    Heart Sutra:the most important sutra in Buddhism.

    The Five Meal Contemplations:verses recited before meals in the Zen sect. For monks one of the ritual aspects of meals.

    Sutra Copying:in Buddhism, there is the practice of copying sutras by hand.

    Heart Sutra

    :the most important sutra in Buddhism

    The Five Meal Contemplations

    :verses recited before meals in the Zen sect. For monks one of the ritual aspects of meals

    Sutra Copying

    :in Buddhism, there is the practice of copying sutras by hand

    日帰り体験ご希望の方はこちら

    国際禅道場

    [Shukubō]

    • [Shukubō]

      [Shukubō]

    • [Shukubō]
    • [Daitetsudō]

      [Daitetsudō]

    • [Daitetsudō]

    This meditation hall was originally built 250 years ago in Kenchōji, a training monastery in Kamakura.

    • [Kuri・Jikidō]

      [Kuri・Jikidō]

    • [Hondō]

      [Hondō]

    The Hondō and Kuri belonged originally to Sainenji, a temple in the north of Kyūshū. In 1965, when Shinshōji was founded, these structures were moved and rebuilt here.

    【Points to keep in mind】

    • ・Behavior judged by the head of the training hall or the monk in charge to be disruptive to the community may result in immediate dismissal from the training hall.
    • ・The regulations follow the rules of the training monasteries in the Rinzai Zen tradition.
    • ・Shinshōji is not responsible for accidents or illness, so please exercise due care during your stay.
    • ・In case of damages due to rough handling a compensation has to be paid.
    • ・The meals are prepared by all participants together and the food might not be completely vegetarian.

    Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no high school students). If you have an allergy or other health problems, please inform us with the application.

    【Q&A】

    Q:Is it possible that a whole family participate?
    A:It is not possible if the children are younger than 18 years.
    Q:Can I pay with a card?
    A:We are sorry, but the payment can only be done with cash.
    Q:Can I come later after work, around 18:00 o’clock?
    A:It is not possible to enter, when the retreat already started.
    • 1泊2日 体験ご希望の方はこちら
    • 日帰り体験ご希望の方はこちら

    Please book at least 1 day before.

    お問合わせ・お申込み

    Graveyard contact

    Contact Shinshō-ji International Zen Training Hall here

    Access

    Click here for a map

    91,Kamisanna, Numakuma-chō, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima-ken 720-0401 JapanFree shuttle bus(only on weekdays):
    Leave Fukuyama Station at the north exit, enter the Showa onsen shuttle bus and get off at 「Shinshōji」
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    > bus stop

    Tomotetsu bus (direct bus, only weekend and holidays)
    Fukuyama station, bus terminal, bus stop #6, enter a bus heading for 「Chitosebashi」,「Abuto」,「Tsuneishi」or「Utsuminyōkyō」and get off at 「Shinshōji」
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    Tomotetsu bus (regular bus)
    Fukuyama station, bus terminal, bus stop #6, enter a bus heading for 「Chitosebashi」,「Abuto」,「Tsuneishi」or「Utsuminyōkyō」and get off at 「Tenjinyama」. From there it is 15 minutes to walk.(We can pick you up at the 「Tenjinyama」bus stop. Please call us.)
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    Sanyō Shinkansen (Bullet Train), Sanyō Main Line: 30 minutes by Tomotetsu Bus
    25 minutes from Fukuyama Station by car.

    Experiences and Relaxation

    Gokan-dō (Shinshō-ji udon)

    Information on the origins of and the way of eating Shinshō-ji udon.

    Gankū-in (Café)

    Enjoy green tea in an over 400 year-old thatched roof building moved to its present location from Eigen-ji.

    Bathhouse

    The bathhouse is one of the seven regular buildings of a traditional Zen temple. Visitors may take a bath there.

    About the admission fee

    About Shinshō-ji

    Shinshōji Zen Temple overview
    Introduction to Shinshōji Zen Temple (Rinzai sect Kennin-ji school)

    Temple office information
    Information on the Temple Office, designed by architect Fujimori Terunobu.

    Hibutsu-dō information
    An overview of the hall and how to use it.

    Shōshintei (Garden of the Appreciating Heart) information
    Information on Shinshō-ji's garden Shōshintei.