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Phone inquiries 084-988-1111(temple office)

    Menu Sencha (green tea) set
    Kaki-gōri (shaved ice with syrup)
    Open 10:00-16:00

    This building was moved to its present location from Eigen-ji, the headquarters of the Rinzai sect's Eigen-ji school in Shiga prefecture.

    Gankū-in (Emptiness Hall) was built in 1377 (when Ichi Keijun was the head of Eigen-ji Temple) as a memorial for the first head priest of Eigen-ji, Shōtō Kokushi (Zen master Jakushitsu Genkō),and called Kōhan-an.
    When in August 1414 Shōgun Ashikaga Yoshimochi came to Eigen-ji, he changed the name to Gankū-in and donated the plaque to the third abbot, Zen master Matsumine.
    In 1563 the building was burned down by soldiers and in 1647 the eighty-first abbot, Zen master Nyosetsu Mongan, reconstructed it as the living quarters for the abbot and a study place for the monks.


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    Contact Shinshō-ji International Zen Training Hall here


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    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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    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.


    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.