Deep Kamakura - Zazen Meditation and Zen Temple Tour ひみつの鎌倉：坐禅＆禅寺ツアー（英語）
Come discover deep Kamakura! Join a 4-hour tour with local guide, Marian. She will pick you up at Kita-Kamakura Station (one stop before Kamakura station) and take you to places many first-timers never find. This tour includes an hour-long zazen meditation experience at an 85-year-old tea house, Houan. Beginners are welcome. Chairs provided upon request. Join us to enjoy the fresh morning breeze in forested Jochiji Valley at the foot of the mountain. After a 40-minute zazen session, you will enjoy homemade wagashi sweets and matcha tea with the priest. Lunch will be at an old folkhouse in a forested valley, Takara-no-Niwa. The tour ends with a visit to Engaku-ji Temple, one of the leading Zen temples in Eastern Japan and the second of Kamakura's five great Zen temples. This tour starts and ends at the West Exit of JR Kita-Kamakura Station.
Zazen Experience & Matcha (1h) @Houan
Bento Box Lunch at old folkhouse by local caterer using local ingredients (0.75h) @Takara-no-niwa
Guided Tour of Engaku-ji Temple with Marian (1h)
About the Guide:
Marian Kinoshita was born and raised in the U.S. She has lived in Japan for a total of 25 years, in Nagoya, Fukuoka, Osaka and Fujisawa. She established MDK Translations, Inc. in 2008, a small company that provides business, technical and cultural translations. Marian likes to think of herself as a “Japan concierge,” resolving language and cultural issues, introducing her favorite aspects of the country, and generally helping people enjoy their stay. When not translating or guiding visitors, she often goes hiking in Kamakura, adding a new stamp in her goshuin-cho and searching for beautiful tenugui!
About the Instructor - Zazen:
A prominent figure in Kamakura both within the Buddhist community and beyond. Priest at Jochi-ji Temple, one of the five major zen temples of Kamakura. Secretary-General of the “Pray Kamakura” Kamakura Religious Council, responsible for bringing Shinto, Buddhist, and Christian adherents in Kamakura together to pray for recovery and mourn following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Creator of “Eon Curry,” a slow-cooked curry that’s been featured in magazines.
About the Venue:
Houan is an authentic tea house in the forested valley behind Jochiji Temple bulit in 1934, by an owner who adored Jochiji Valley and a young, energetic architect. Built on the large spread of land on the foot of the mountain, Houan features a “sukiya” tea house with eight-mat and four-mat tea rooms surrounded by a roji-style dry garden, a separate small “koma” tea house with thatched roof and a two-mat room, and a sweet-water well. Just an hour out of Tokyo in Kita-Kamakura. Come feel a connection to the nature of our forested valley. A reminder of old Kamakura.
Our local lunch caterer Suetei believes that using seasonal ingredients is the key to making her dishes magical. From her kitchen in Kita-Kamakura, she brings out daily special bento lunchboxes, filled with locally acquired, fresh seasonal ingredients. Her bentos have captured the hearts (and stomachs) of many a Kamakuraian. Her knowledge of yakuzen cuisine adds a special flavor to her dishes. You may enjoy her bento in Tatami-room or outside in the garden.
The Fee Includes:
Transportation Fee During the Tour
Entrance Fee for Engaku-ji Temple
Bento Box Lunch
Age: 12+ (Minors must be accompanied by a guardian)
Comfortable Shoes and Clothes to Walk
Rain Gear (if necessary)
Socks (to enter tea house)
Meeting and Departing Point:
West exit of JR Kita-Kamakura Station. Look out for Marian with Kamakura Mind logo.
No refund available 72 hours prior to the experience due to preparation.
Please note that cancellation fees will be charged according to the regulation by Peatix.
The tour will be canceled when in case we do not have 5 participants by 3 days before the tour.
If canceling an experience due to a natural disaster or other circumstances beyond our control becomes necessary, we will inform you at least 24 hours prior to start.