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Escape from Tokyo to Spend a Day with a Buddhist Nun




Discover Kōji Temple and Learn about the Real Life of a Buddhist Family

  • Learn the manners and spirituality of eating in Buddhism.
  • Discover the Nichiren school basic prayers and form.
  • Hand copy Buddhist sutras and make your own charm for you and all your family.
  • 4 hour total

  • English, Japanese

  • Any Age

  • 2 〜 8



Hi everyone, my name is Rev. Naho Sakai, and I'm a female chief priest of a Kōji temple! The temple is over 400 years old and it has a deep Japanese Buddhist history! My passion is to pass on and teach what I have learnt about Buddhism and this lovely place. So please come and say hello and let me tell you about what it’s like to be a Buddhist priest. Through my job,I have experienced some amazing things in my life and hope to share them with you!

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Get inside the life of a Japanese Nun, head of Kōji, a family temple just outside Tokyo. How does she lives, what is her actual work, how does her faith impacts her daily life? Through the discovery of Japanese Buddhism practices, you will have a chance to get a unique perspective on what is like to live in a temple. Delicious food, Philosophy, discussions, prayers, calligraphy, lucky charm making, tea time, meditation… There is so much to do! This Nichiren school Buddhist Nun have so much to teach us, on humility, peacefulness, mindfulness, and so much more!

  • Meet your host

    Meet Sakai-san and spend a day in her life as a Buddhist nun

  • Discover the temple

    Take a tour of the temple and discover its hidden symbolism. You will even have access to usually restricted areas of the temple.

  • Eat in peace

    Learn the manners and spirituality of eating in buddhism.

  • Participate in a ritual

    Discover the Nichiren school basic prayers and form.

  • Meditate

    Try a traditional form of walking meditation

  • Make your own charm

    Hand copy Buddhist sutras and make your own charm


  • Duration


    (10:50 〜 14:00)

    * Time may vary, not including transportation time

  • Access

    Take the Musashino Line to Misato Station. (approx. 1 hour from Tokyo Station)
    Take the Saikyo Line to Musashi-Urawa Station, transfer to Musashino Line to Misato Station. (approx. 55 min from Shinjuku Station)

  • Participants Guests

    2 〜 8

    Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met. Accompanied infants participate for free.

  • Age


  • Conditions

    Available Rain or Shine

  • Cancellation Policy

    We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.


  • Adults(12+)


  • Children(4~11)


  • Infants(~3)


Included in the Price

Experience, Interpreter, Insurance, A hand-made charm, An artwork as a souvenir after Shaky


  • Things to bring

    Just bring yourself

  • Meeting Point

    Misato Station

  • Additional Info

    The lunch fee is not included in this price.

    Please note that your reservation with us may be canceled due to inclement weather conditions or heavy rain. If so, we will contact you at least one hour prior to your reservation via your original booking site.





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    Khin MI MI Kyaw



    I was hosted by buddhist monk herself and got to know the buddhist culture of Japan here.We Also practised like recitation of suttra, walking meditation including having lunch together and discussing about monk's life.The trip ended as a total success for the health of my inner soul:)See moreSee less

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    Very interesting and authentic tour. I spend a lot of time talking to the nun, I was free to ask any questions and she took time to answered me. We did some activivity to learn about Japanese Buddhism. The guide was also very kind, her English was very good. I did the tour in a small group and it helps to have a good experience. Would definitely recommend !See moreSee less

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    Teng Yun Wei


    The host was really courteous and friendly, and gave valuable insights into her own beliefs.

    I thought that the host was really courteous and friendly, and gave valuable insights into her own beliefs, as well as provide snippets of her life.; Thanks again! I think such tours are more experiential; something that is important amidst all the sightseeing tours etc. Going through the daily lifestyles of the different people in Japan provide invaluable cultural exposure, that I believe is important when you visit any country.; Thank you once again for the great experience! I really enjoyed the peacefulness and serenity of the temple, and the knowledge I gained was immense. As I personally am interested in mindfulness, I am looking forward to reading your book. :)See moreSee less

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    Damien Gan

    United States


    This tour is definitely an eye-opener to be in touch with other parts of Japan.

    This tour is definitely an eye-opener for foreigners to be in touch with other parts of Japan. The local hosts were extremely hospitable and chatty despite the language barrier. Although it was a short tour, we manage to do many activities such as woodcutting, making a bamboo cup/flute before finishing off with a BBQ. Chances to experience this is rare and if you have the opportunity do go for it!See moreSee less

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    It was definitely a unique experience! I've found this tour educative and fun.

    It was definitely a unique experience! I've found this tour educative and fun, but also very calming and inspiring, at the same time. I was really happy to hear all the stories directly from the local monk and to be hosted in a family-like atmosphere. It gives a different feeling comparing to regular rushed sightseeing or discovering the places on your own. It literally brings the people from various countries, races, religions closer to each other; and creates the emotional bond to the place itself. I've learned a lot. Highly recommend this tour!See moreSee less


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