Daiji-in Zen Temple


Zen Temple




private house


1 - 5 pers.


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Experience the True Essence of Japanese Zen

– Zen : A Way of Life –

Peace of Mind. Acceptance. Embracing that which does not last. Understanding that Nothing is Everything. Zen Buddhism is a Way of Life.

This exclusive stay within the Zen temple of Daiji-in, known for its beautiful teahouse and amazing Karesansui (rock garden), brings the heart and soul of Japanese culture to guests. By staying at this Zen temple that is normally closed to the public, guests will feel in their hearts and souls what it is like to accept and embrace the Zen way of life. A powerful, unique, and unforgettable experience.

Rediscover yourself through the special cultural experience of tradition in a Zen temple with monks. The unparalleled experience of Zen, that includes Zazen meditation, chanting of sutras, and the tea ceremony, also gives one a better insight and understanding to Japanese values, cultures, and history.

In addition, guests are helping, through their financial contributions, to preserve cultural properties and to ensure that the profound culture of Zen Buddhism is both preserved as well as passed on to future generations.


– Daiji-in Temple –

Daijiin is a sub-temple of the large and famous Daitoku-ji temple compound in northern Kyoto.  Surrounded by lush gardens and architectural gems in the form of meditation halls and other sub-temples, serenity is magnified by the enormity of the setting.  Then, too, the overall landscape is made even more lovely by the trees, which attract a variety of birds through the seasons.

Guests who stay here reside at a beautiful, two story building hidden away from the main areas of the compound, and enjoy tatami rooms, peace, and quiet.


– Guest Experience –


  • Get immerse into the privacy of a Zen Temple within the prestigious Daitokuji temple complex
  • Zen Tea ceremony : A Zen Buddhist monk directly serves guests tea. Guests will be able to enjoy private experience of the traditional, elegant tea room in the Daiji-in temple.
  • Hand-made monk cuisine : guests will have the opportunity to experience the zen monk cuisine called shoujin-ryori during their stay, while discovering another aspect of Japanese cuisine.
  • Private Zazen meditation : Zazen is one of the basic Zen practices aiming of one’s mental concentration, by sitting in the right posture. Guests experience this practice by learning from a Zen Buddhist monk.
  • Sutra chanting ceremony : guests will be granted the rare privilege to attend the morning sutra reciting ceremony that takes place early in the morning within the temple Buddha hall.
  • Morning walk : Walking within the Daitoku-ji temple site is a privilege of this program’s guests. There will be no other tourists in the refreshing morning temple.


– Guest Exclusive Privileges –


  • Experience the most fulfilled and authentic private cultural program related to Zen of Japan
  • Exclusive night stay within an authentic Zen temple normally closed to the public
  • Direct encountering with the head monk of the premises, who will host guests during their stay and provides them with accurate guidance and teaching about Zen philosophy
  • Personal translator assistance at disposal during your stay


– Monk’s Words –

Anxieties come from relationships,” says our host monk Seizan Todo with a friendly smile.  “With others and with yourself.”  He pauses.  “By practicing zazen, you identify yourself.  You reduce your stress.  So it becomes daily practice.  But it’s impossible to diminish yourself.  To reduce, reduce, reduce.  You still exist.  So what remains finally is focusing on every single thing.  You become absorbed by that thing.”  He says nothing.  Waits.  “The tea ceremony is like that.

Relax the body first,” he says.  “Adjust your breathing and your soul will be settled.

Our medicine is to adjust your way of life,” he finally says.


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This is an exclusive, 100% private stay experience within an authentic Zen temple not open to the general public. For this reason, we kindly ask you to fill out the contact form below to inquiry about availability, price and experience arrangements. We look forward to welcoming you soon.