Kyoto Sennyu-ji Temple / Special visiting with a monk at closed cultural properties
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You will experience burning incense while listening to a Buddhist monk's sutra. Only participants of this tour will be asked to write their wishes on special strips of paper and deliver them to Yokihi-Kannon under the prayer of the monks.
At the main Buddhist hall, an important cultural asset, you will listen to explanations about the principal image and its history. You will also have the opportunity to see the service (a ceremony in which Buddhist monks read sutras and pray), which even Japanese people rarely have the chance to see.
Then, you will have the opportunity to visit Shariden (The hall that houses the bones of Buddha. It is cultural property not open to the public.), where you will be able to try Shabutsu (Buddhist sutra copying) and view the garden.
During the tour, you will learn what Esoteric Buddhism and what Shingon is, and other interesting topics related to Buddhism from a monk of Sennyu-ji Temple, the only imperial family temple in Japan. This tour will be led by a monk and accompanied by a licensed interpreter-guide.
The start of the experience2daysUp to 1 hour before
What's included in the experience
Monks' guide fee, interpreter guide fee, entrance fee, undisclosed cultural properties viewing fee, experience of burning incense fee, performing the service fee and Shabutsu (Buddhist sutra copying) fee
What is not included in the experience
No refund for late arrivals and cancellations on the day of tour. Prices shown are for one person. Photography, eating and drinking are prohibited in all buildings.Please do not touch the buildings as they are all cultural properties. Smoking is not allowed in the temple.
50% of the tour fee will be refunded for cancellations up to 5 days prior to the tour date. No refund will be given for cancellations up to 2 days prior to the tour date or for late arrivals on the day of the tour.
*Meeting time and place 8:45 at Sennyu-ji Daimon
*Starting time 9:00
*Breakup time and place 12:00 at Sennyu-ji Daimon
We will take you on a special tour with the following itinerary.
Experience burning incense while listening to a Buddhist priest's sutra.
Offer incense to Yokihi-Kannon under the prayer of monks.
*Butsuden (Main hall / Important cultural property)
Listen to explanations about the principal image and other Buddhist statues.
See the service (ritual of reading sutra and worship) performed by monks, which even Japanese people rarely have a chance to see.
*Shariden(The hall that houses the bones of Buddha. The cultural property not open to the public.)
Try Shabutsu (copying Buddhist sutras)
*View the garden
Relax and take pictures while enjoying the natural beauty of the four seasons in a beautiful garden that has been admired by successive Emperors.
The tour ends at the Daimon gate.