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Kakegawa Station 

[Kasuisai]

A noted Buddhist monastery related to Tokugawa Ieyasu, where visitors can experience the life of a Buddhist monk with Zen meditation, sutra transcription, and vegetarian cuisine

With a history of over 600 years, Kasuisai is a noted training monastery of the Soto school of Buddhism. Many unsui (postulant monks in training) train here even today. The monastery has a deep connection to Tokugawa Ieyasu, who designed and named its temple buildings. It is also known as a temple where visitors can experience the way of Zen with activities such as zazen meditation and shakyo sutra transcription (reservation and fees required), and is visited by many. Don't pass up the chance to try the monks' Zen vegetarian cuisine (reservation and fee required). The colorful dishes made with seasonal ingredients will surely amaze you.
Address Kuno 2915-1, Fukuroi City, Shizuoka
Phone +81-538-42-2121 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Zen experience (Required time: Approx. 6 hours): 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holidays Open every day
Fee ● Admission fees for halls
Adults (junior high school age and over) 500 yen
Children Free
● Zen experience (Reservation required at least 5 days in advance) 3,800 yen
● Vegetarian cuisine (Reservation required at least 1 week in advance) 2,000 to 3,500 yen
Access Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 8 minutes, alight at "Fukuroi Station". Take the Akiha Bus bound for Enshu-Morimachi/Keta for approx. 12 minutes, alight at "Kasuisai", and walk for approx. 5 minutes.
URL http://www.kasuisai.or.jp/
* Day-trip Zen experience including zazen meditation, shakyo sutra transcription, sermons, and vegetarian cuisine is held twice a month. Please inquire for details.

updated on Sep 30, 2018

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