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Buddist spirits with a female chief priest at Kōji Temple.




Discover Kōji temple and learn about Japanese beliefs, old Buddhist spirits and hear over 400 years old legends!

  • 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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On this trip, you will visit a temple that was built during the Edo period. You will be able to experience the daily Buddhist activities and learn the history of it. First, you will meet our friendly interpreter, who will escort you to the temple. Then you will be welcomed by the host, a local female priest of Kōji temple. Before the activities start, the host will talk about the history of Kōji temple and traditional Buddhist beliefs. After finishing lunch, you will be taught about Buddhist meditation, practice copying hand-written sutras, and have a chance to make your own good luck charm! After that, you will read from traditional Buddhist scriptures and prayer. Finally, to complete the trip, we will enjoy traditional Japanese tea time with the host.


  • Duration


  • Access

  • Participants Guests

    2 〜 8

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

  • 年齢


  • Conditions

    Available Rain or Shine

  • キャンセルポリシー

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


  • 大人(12+)


  • 子供(4~11)


  • 幼児(~3)



Experience Lunch Interpreter Insurance A hand-made charm An artwork as a souvenir after Shakyo


  • Things to bring

    Any food allergy should be informed prior to the experience

  • Meeting Point

  • Additional Info

    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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