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5 Day Delightful Japanese Culture Experience and Zen Meditation Retreat in Oita, Hayami
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Calming Zen Meditation Retreat Japan

Yodo Kono, a Zen priest with 10 years of Zen meditation experience warmly welcomes you to this retreat to experience Zen and Japanese culture at a Zen temple in Japan. The highlight of this retreat is the Zen temple, which has a history of approximately 670 years. Your accommodation and food will be provided in a guest house that takes 30 seconds on foot from Zen Temple. Experience Japan to the fullest and enhance your Zen practice!

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  • Daily Zen life
  • Daily Zen meditation
  • Free time for your own personal activity
  • Experience temple lifestyle
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Savor healthy meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Japanese
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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The accommodation is a 30-second walk from Zen Temple. There, guests eat and stay with the Master. For the retreat, it takes place at the Zen temple with a history of about 670 years. This is a really valuable experience. There are not many places where you can experience a Zen temple in Japan.


Daily schedule

  • 06:15 Wake up
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Zen meditation
  • 08:20 Breakfast (porridge)
  • 09:00 Samu (temple's work): temple cleaning, agricultural work, and making Japanese food
  • 11:00 Lunch preparation
  • 11: 45 Lunch
  • 12:30 Organize around, clean up
  • 13: 00 Free time: walking, reading, and sightseeing
  • Optional activity (depending on teacher’s availability): calligraphy classroom, tea ceremony classroom, and kimono dressing professor
  • 17:00 Dinner preparation
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Go to bed


Yodo Kono


Hiji town where this retreat is located in a scenic place with mountains in the north and the sea in the south. There are many places to visit that are castle towns. Beppu City, the most famous hot spring resort in Japan is just a 10-minute train ride from the nearest station. You can go to the hot spring in free time or visit Jigoku (a sightseeing spot).


  • Fukuoka Airport - 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Oita Airport (OIT) - 1 hour



  • Hiking


  • Meditation garden


Meals consist of dishes that Japanese people eat at home. The guests have an experience of making meals with the Master.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The following activities are all available for an extra fee:

  • Calligraphy
  • Tea ceremony
  • Kimono experience
  • Hiking to the mountains
  • Hiking to the sea
  • Hot spring tour to the next town
  • Jigoku tour

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Daily Zen meditation
  • Daily Zen life

What's not included

  • Calligraphy
  • Tea ceremony
  • Kimono experience
  • Travel expenses
  • Insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight from Oita Airport (OIT) or Fukuoka Airport (FUK). Airport transfer is not included. If you're arriving from Oita Airport (OIT), you can come by bus from the airport to Hiji town (about 27 minutes). Get off at "Hiji" stop, and walk from "Hiji" stop to Yokoku station for about 5 minutes. There is a taxi at Yokoku station, so if you are tired, please take a taxi to the guest house (about 10 minutes). If you tell the organizer the arrival time to Yokoku station, they will pick you up by car. From Yokoku station, it takes one hour to reach the guest house so please do not walk.

If you're arriving at Fukuoka Airport (FUK). You can take a train from Hakata Station (Fukuoka city) to Kitsuki station (Oita prefecture) (about 1 hour 30 minutes). Please change to a regular train at Kitsuki station (Oita prefecture) to Bungo Toyooka station (about 30 minutes). It is a 15-minute walk from Bungo Toyooka station to the guest house. If you let the organizer the arrival time to Bungo Toyooka station, they will pick you up by car. Also, even if you call the organizer from Bungo Toyooka station, they will pick you up by car.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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