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Really special experience

A beautiful temple to experience zen meditation in. An introduction to meditation, followed by a... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2018
Sutton, United Kingdom
Amazing Zen Experience in English!

Rev. Kawakami has a good command of English. You can experience amazing zen experience in the very... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
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42 Hanazonomyoshinjicho, Ukyo-ku, Ukyo, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-462-5488
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

A beautiful temple to experience zen meditation in. An introduction to meditation, followed by a 20 minute meditation and a half-hour lecture that really gave me a lot to think about. Accessible to anyone - you don't need to have meditated before. Chairs are provided...More

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Reviewed 22 July 2018

Rev. Kawakami has a good command of English. You can experience amazing zen experience in the very relaxing atmosphere. A short tour of Shunko-in's Japanese garden and Matcha (Japanese green tea) await you after the zen experience. It costs less expensive and usually no reservation...More

Thank Wander789132
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

This is a hidden jewel within Kyoto, far from the crowds it stands in a very pintoresque and pleasant zone, if you truly want Zen practice without any nonsense, and high level instruction, this is the place to go. The staff is beyond desceiption for...More

Thank G2149QHrobertof
Reviewed 23 May 2018

This was an add on activity that we would tell people to include as a must when visiting Kyoto !! What a welcome wonderful surprise. We knew it would be different -- we had no idea it would be so impactful in a non imposing...More

2  Thank Kerry R
Reviewed 5 January 2018

We've all done a bit of meditation before, and Rev. Takafumi started the class off right by saying "Drop all your biases about meditation". It was a great class; it wasn't rushed, and we got a great perspective not only on meditation, but also on...More

1  Thank outwest15
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Though a very 'touristy' look into a monastery, we really loved our stay. The rooms had wifi, private bathrooms, very comfortable futons and a kitchen that was stocked with tea, coffee and milk. The surrounding area is calm and beautiful, and is lovely to just...More

Thank hannahlouey
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Reverend Takafumi gave a thorough introduction to meditation (zen in parenthesis because his principles and advice applies to many types of meditation styles). He gives both a mix of religious and scientific explanations and approaches to meditation, both pragmatic and philosophical ways of thinking about...More

3  Thank eventidephoenix
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Our family decided we would like to try meditation in a temple on our trip to Kyoto and so glad we tried it. The Abbot was very informative and modern minded and explained how to get the best out of the session. The setting was...More

Thank bluehills68
Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

With so many temples to choose from Shunko-In temple sets itself apart by have a fluently English speaking monk guide you through the history of the temple as well as a meditation session. Great way to clear the mind and admire the rich history and...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 24 November 2015 via mobile

It's really magic place. After visiting Tokyo, Osaka and other big cities you can feel here real old japaneese climate. You can participate in a traditional green tee making process. You have to make a meditation session.

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