Zen Meditation and Outdoor Adventure Retreat (2-Nights)
In this unique Zen & outdoor adventure combo, you’ll stay in a historical temple to learn about Zen and also go on experiences in nature.
This special plan combines outdoor nature activities with an authentic Zen meditation experience. Stay at Hikone Seiryo-ji Temple, an ancient Zen temple where the great Zen master Ii Naosuke visited, and experience authentic Zen meditation. We will also go on outdoor adventures. In the spring and summer there is river climbing and canyoning, while in the autumn and winter we will go on a hiking adventure to the highest peak in Shiga prefecture, Mt. Ibuki. This unique experience will give you a deeper understanding of the meaning of nature and your connection to it. Note: 1-night and 2-night versions of this tour are available.
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If you have any questions about this experience, please contact the guide below.
Day 1 13:00 Meet at West Exit of Hikone Station 14:00 Orientation 15:00 Zen Meditation and Dharma talk 16:00 Seishin ryori tutorial (Buddhist vegetarian cooking) 17:00 Dinner 19:00 Zen Meditation and Dharma talk 20:00 Explanation of the next day's adventure 21:00 Bathing time 22:00 Bedtime (lights out) Day 2 06:00 Wake up 06:30 Yoga 07:30 Breakfast 08:00 Depart for the outdoor adventure 15:00 End of adventure, bathing time 17:00 Return to Seiryo-ji Temple 18:00 Dinner 19:00 Zen Meditation and Dharma talk 20:00 Tea ceremony 22:00 Bedtime (lights out) Day 3 05:00 Wake up 05:30 Zen Meditation 06:30 Buddhist Morning service & chant 07:30 Breakfast 08:00 Samu (cleaning of the temple grounds and hall) 10:00 Tea Ceremony 12:00 Dismissal at Hikone Station
Open to junior high school students and above.
Rental equipment: wetsuits, stream shoes, helmets, harnesses, life jackets, gloves. Please bring the following for river climbing and canyoning: swimsuit to wear under wetsuit, change of clothes, towel, beverages, and high calorie snacks. Please bring the following for hiking: Hiking shoes (trekking shoes), backpack (around 30L size), rainwear (separate top and bottom), warm clothing (down jacket, etc.), appropriate hiking clothing (non-cotton underwear, fleece jacket etc.), gloves, hat, beverages, and high calorie snacks. Lunch during the adventure will be purchased en route.
・ Please follow the guide's instructions regarding activities during the experience and the use of climbing equipment. ・ The temple where you will be staying is a very valuable historical building. Please do not touch the facilities or equipment without permission. ・ Please follow the instructions of the monks at the temples. ・ If you are coming to the meeting place by car, please make sure you can find a parking spot. ・ It is also possible to drive to Seiryo-ji Temple (please contact us in advance). ・ Free parking available in the precincts of Seiryo-ji Temple (approx. 30 spaces)
From Tokyo or Nagoya: - Take Shinkansen to Maibara - From Maibara, transfer to JR Biwako Line and get off at Hikone Station. From Osaka or Kyoto: - Get off at JR Biwako Hikone Station By car to Seiryo-ji Temple - About 10 minutes from Hikone IC of Meishin Expressway
JR Biwako Line Hikone Station
If you come by car