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Shakyo Sutra Copying Experience at Gionji Temple in Tokyo

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What to Expect
1. Arrive at Gionji Temple in Chofu City, Tokyo, about 15 minutes walk from Fuda Station on the Keio Line and meet your instructor.

2. Head to the main hall. (5 min)

3. Try out reading a simple sutra. (10 min)

4. Listen to the head priest’s preach. (10 min)

5. Head to the guest house. (5 min)

6. Rub an ink stick to produce ink. (5 min)

7. Focus your mind on each stroke and hand-copy the sutra with an ink brush. A stool will be provided for those who have difficulty sitting in the seiza position, so don’t hesitate to ask for it if you are not comfortable sitting on the heels. (40 min)

8. Have a chat with the head priest while having a cup of Japanese tea before the session concludes(10 min)
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gionji Temple in Chofu City, Tokyo
1h 30m
  • Instructor
  • Paper cost
  • Japanese green tea and snacks
  • Tax
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children aged 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A stool will be provided for those who have difficulty sitting in the Seiza(sitting on the heels) position.
  • The staff can only speak limited English. Due to the nature of the activity, having someone who can understand Japanese in your group is recommended. If no one in your group can understand Japanese, please let us know in advance as we might be able to arrange for a volunteer translator to accompany you.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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