Zenkoji Temple Morning Service and “Sutra Copying & Mawari Goma” Experience at Head Temple Daikanjin
Zenkoji Temple is believed to house the oldest statue of Buddha ever brought to Japan, and it is often said that “you have to visit Zenkoji Temple at least once in your life.” Our day trip at Zenkoji Temple will begin at the main hall as the sun rises and the priests begin their morning duties. In a long-held tradition, the head priests of every temple within the Zenkoji compound gather in the still quiet of the dawn to recite sutras each morning of the year. With this plan, you can enjoy the beauty of this ceremony along with other traditional Buddhist experiences like Mawari Goma, a ritual during which visitors write their wishes on a wooden placard and place it in a sacred purifying flame. Then, gain the wisdom offered by Buddhist teachings when you take part in a meditative sutra copying calligraphy experience. Come try these rare activities at one of Japan’s most sacred sites!