Learn meditation & mindfulness with us, here in Kyoto

Learn the practical aspects of Zen philosophy & meditation

Mindfulness & meditation have great benefits for our hectic modern lives—let us be your guide in beginning your journey and help you look inside.

Shunko-in Temple offers Zen meditation classes and temple tours in English. The American-educated vice abbot will lead you in the basics of Zen meditation, followed by a tour of the temple.

If you find yourself in Kyoto or are planning on coming, please consider joining one of our courses.

Zen Meditation Classes in English

During the meditation class, participants will not only receive instructions on the basics of meditation and experience it within the temple setting, but will also learn how to incorporate Zen philosophy into their daily lives. Using a scientific perspective, the vice-abbot will explain how meditation influences your mind in everyday life.

Learn about Buddhism on the Temple Tour

While Shunko-in Temple is known today as primarily a Zen Buddhist temple, its history illustrates how different belief systems were also a major part of religious practice in pre-modern society. You will learn more about the history of Shunko-in Temple during the temple tour in a relaxed and warm atmosphere.


We have four types of courses:

  • Regular, daily meditation class
  • Advanced meditation class
  • Private meditation sessions for individuals or groups
  • Meditation sessions for academic & corporate groups

And two long-form programs:

  • Retreat program
  • Corporate executive well-being course

For times for the regular mediation class, please check our updates page.
For the other three types of courses, please contact us. Private sessions start at 30,000 yen (for up to 10 people).

Daily meditation tour details

Open everyday; no reservation required. Please check our Updates page for availability.

Tour content

  • Reception
  • Instruction (5 min.)
  • Meditation (two sets of 15-min. sessions)
  • Temple tour (30 min.)
  • Matcha green tea and a Japanese sweet


  • 9:30-11:00 (no reservation required)
  • 11:00-12:30 (only for a group of 10 or more and reservation required)


  • Meditation & tour: 2,500 yen
  • Meditation only: 2,000 yen
Meditation starts at the beginning of the course above and lasts for about 1 hour. Before coming to the temple, please check our Updates page for up-to-date schedules.