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.

Experience and learn about tea ceremony at a historic Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto

Myoan Eisai brought both the Rinzai School of Zen Buddhism and green tea from China to Japan in the late 12th century. Japanese tea culture was first established in the Zen Buddhist environment. Zen Buddhism has had a significant impact on Japanese tea ceremony. Thus, it is more meaningful to learn and experience a tea ceremony at a Zen Buddhist temple.


We have these types of courses:

  • Regular, daily meditation class
  • Tea ceremony experience
  • 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 schedule 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.

Tea ceremony experience details

  • Required Time: 90 min.
  • Fee: 5,500 yen per person
  • Capacity: 10 people each class
  • Reservation recommeded


  1. Talk about the history and philosophy of the tea ceremony
  2. Explanation of the tea house
  3. Observe a tea ceremony performed by the instructor
  4. Making your own tea and after enjoying it with wagashi, Japanese sweets
  5. Enjoy the Zen gardens and screen paintings at the temple

For times for the tea ceremony experience, please check our schedule page.