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May. 01, 2020 UPDATE

Zuiho-in Temple (inside of Daitoku-ji Temple)

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Traveler Friendly
English brochures are available at the entrance. Staff only speak Japanese and basic English.
Information
Japanese and English
Languages spoken
Japanese and basic English
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May. 01, 2020 UPDATE

Zuiho-in Temple (inside of Daitoku-ji Temple)

- 瑞峯院 -
Traveler Friendly
English brochures are available at the entrance. Staff only speak Japanese and basic English.
Information
Japanese and English
Languages spoken
Japanese and basic English
1322 12 7.0 1 reviews
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Zuiho-in Temple – A Temple founded by a Christian lord in 1535
You may be surprised to hear Zuiho-in Temple was founded by a Christian feudal lord, Otomo Sorin, in 1535 as his Bodai-ji - a Japanese Buddhist temple that takes care of a family’s dead, buries them and performs blessings on their souls.
In Zuiho-in Temple, there remain several vestiges of the temple’s link to Christianity, including a garden with a stone crucifix and Christian lanterns.
The temple’s gardens were designed by Mirei Shigemori – one of the most famous landscapes of the 1960s – in commemoration of the 400 year anniversary of the temple’s founding.
Otomo Sorin, or his Christian name Don Francisco, worked very hard as a missionary in the Sengoku period. Though Christianity has never been taught at Zuiho-in Temple, this aspect of its founder’s life is both honored and respected as a part of his legacy.
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Open Hours
9am - 5pm
Reservations
Please make a reservation if you would like to take part in the Zazen Zen meditation or enjoy the matcha green tea.
Closed
Open everyday
Price range
Ages 15+: ¥400 Ages 14 and under: ¥300 *Group discounts are available for 30 or more people Matcha green tea: ¥400 Zazen Zen meditation and matcha green tea: ¥1,500
Credit cards
Not accepted
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