Experience Zen Buddhism at Enryakuji Temple

Experience Zen Buddhism at Enryakuji Temple

Experience Zen Buddhism at Enryakuji Temple

Discover the teachings of Zen, the origin of Japanese culture.

Learn about the spirit of Zen Buddhism, practice Zen meditation, transcribe sutras and try your hand at other Zen practices at the pilgrims’ lodgings in Enryaku-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site on Mt Hiei.

Try healthy shojin ryori (shojin cuisine), traditional vegetarian meals that are an integral part of Zen.

Zen Meditation

Cost per person: 1,000 yen (before tax)
By reservation only (same day reservations are not accepted)
Duration: Approx. 1 hour *Preliminary explanation of 20 mins and Zen experience of 40 mins

Sutra Transcription

Cost per person: 1,000 yen (before tax)
Duration: Approx. 90 mins. Transcribe the Hannya Sutra.
Time: 9:00-15:00

Shojin Cuisine

Cost per person: 1,650~3,300 yen
Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance.
Time: 11:30-13:30

An additional Enraku-ji Temple Pilgrimage fee is required.


Enraku-ji Kaikan hall, within Enryaku-ji Temple
4220 Sakamoto Honmachi, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture
Ph: 077-578-0047
Web: http://www.syukubo.jp (Japanese only)


Take the JR Kosei Line to Hiezan Sakamoto Station or the Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line to Sakamoto Station.

Take the Kojak Bus displaying Sakamoto Cable-iki to the bus stop Cable Sakamoto-eki. From there take the cable car up to the cable car stop Enryakuji-eki and walk about 10 mins to the temple.