3-Day Zen Retreat in Saitama, Japan

(May 4-6 2017) 

Shokakuji Temple

We'll be holding a three-day Zen Retreat at Shokakuji temple in Hanno City in Saitama Prefecture, Japan from May 4 to 6 (Thursday to Saturday in Golden week) 2017. Instructions and talks at the retreat will be in English. Anyone interested is invited to attend and participate in the full, but not exhausting, schedule of meditation, talks, and meals taken in the traditional style. Beginners are welcome. The quiet, mountainous area around the temple provides a pleasant setting for a brief taste of Buddhist life.

Dates: May 4 to 6, 2017 (from 1 pm on May 4 until 1 pm on May 6)

Shokakuji Temple (a Soto school temple)

Address:  Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture, 357-0111.

  15,000 yen. The cost includes accommodation and meals during the retreat, but excludes the cost of transportation (approximately 1,300 yen one-way from Tokyo) to the temple.

Schedule:  Click here to download the schedule for the retreat.

Comfortable clothing is recommended for practicing Zazen (sitting meditation).

  Registration will be accepted at our Saturday classes at Tokyo University Buddhists Association or by email by April 27. A deposit of 5,000 yen is required to reserve a place.

meal    For further information and/or to sign up to attend, please email me at tokyozazen@gmail.com

Transportation and directions to the temple:

Hanno station is approximately 45 minutes by train from Seibu-Ikebukuro train station
on the Seibu-Ikebukuro line. A bus service runs from Hanno train station to Nagou bus stop beside Shokakuji Temple. The bus ride takes about 60 minutes. The total cost for a one-way trip by train and bus from Seibu-Ikebukuro train station to Shokakuji Temple is 1,280 yen (train ticket is 470 yen and bus ticket is 810 yen).
Most of the participants will be traveling
together from Tokyo to Hanno station, and will take a bus from there to the temple. We'll meet at 9.30 am on Thursday morning (May 4) at the eSeibu-Ikebukuro station, and take a Seibu-Ikebukuro line train bound for Hanno station. After arriving at Hanno station, we'll take a bus to the temple. You're welcome to travel with this group.

If you're going to
Hanno station directly, you can meet with the group coming from Tokyo at Hanno station at around 10.40 am.