Zen meditation

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.


We have these types of zen meditation courses:

  • Regular 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 (beginning 2020)
  • 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 40,000 yen (for up to 8 people).

Regular meditation course details

Held nearly daily (check schedule); no reservation required. Please check our schedule 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)


  • Regular meditation course: 3,000 yen
  • Regular meditation course for staying guests: 1,500 yen
  • Meditation course without tour or tea ceremony: 2,500 yen
  • Private Meditation Session: 40,000 yen + sales tax (8%) for up to 8 people
  • Advanced Session: 10,000 yen