Retreat in Saitama, Japan
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.
May 4 to 6, 2017 (from 1 pm on
May 4 until 1 pm on May 6)
Place: Shokakuji Temple (a Soto school temple)
City, Saitama Prefecture, 357-0111.
Cost: 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
Schedule: Click here
to download the schedule for the retreat.
Clothes: Comfortable clothing is recommended for
practicing Zazen (sitting meditation).
Deadline: 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
For further information
and/or to sign up to attend, please email me at email@example.com
Transportation and directions to the
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
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
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.