Daigoji Temple Special Event – Cultural Experience Program

For the 1st Japan International Art Festival, the Daigoji Temple proposes unique experiences and a special exhibition of undisclosed National Treasures and important cultural properties.


●9/23 (Sat/National Holiday)・・・Tea Ceremony

The spirit of hospitality within the tea ceremony and Japanese culture is also connected to etiquette in everyday life. Since the Heian period, it has been used as a ritual in Shinto and Buddhism belief, still largely transmitted nowadays.

~Tea Ceremony~ While listening to the precepts of the Shingon Buddhism from the Daigoji’s monk inside the private area of Sanbo-in’s Shirasho-in (Important Cultural Property), you can experience customary Japanese etiquette, passed down from Buddhism and tea ceremony practices.

・Access time:Morning session 10:00~11:30

Afternoon session 14:00~15:30

・Fee: 3,000 yens including entrance fee (maximum of 30 people for both morning and afternoon sessions)

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●9/24 (Sunday) ・・・ Sutra copying and Meditation

Copying sutras began when monks transferred sutras to spread the teachings of the Buddha. Through introspection, meditation removes uncertainty and worldly desires with the purpose to find peace of mind and internal balance.

~ Sutra copying and meditation ~The private area of Sanboin’s Shirasho-in opens its doors to visitors willing to experience the practice of Sutra copying, such as the “Takao Juku Kannon Sutra” or the “One character Sutra », adapted to beginners and foreigners. The One Character Sutra’s datas will be enshrined inside the Space Temple to be launched into space in 2024. After attending the Space Memorial Service at the Reihōkan Museum, the temple offers meditation sessions inside registered National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.

・Access time:13:00~15:30

・Fee:2,500 yens including entrance fee​ (up to 50 people)

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●10/14 (Saturday) ・・・Traditional Monk Cuisine

Eating traditional Monk Cuisine is also part of the ascetic training to understand the importance of life itself. In Japan, before tarting the meal, we say ”Itadakimasu”, which can be translated as ”I humbly receive’’. This gesture of gratitude for our present life by receiving other living forms is called “meal etiquette”.

Traditional Monk Cuisine~While listening to the meal chants and eating the traditional monk cuisine, you can learn about the significance behind the Japanese meal custom and its table manners.

・Access time:11:00~13:00

・Fee:6,000 Yens Meal and Admission fee included(Up to 20 people)

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●10/15 (Sun) ・・・Fire Ritual Ceremony (Goma)

“Goma” is a mystic rite of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism to pray for the fulfillment of various wishes. Among them, “Saito Goma” is a large-scale Fire Memorial Service held outdoors, directly linked to the Shugendo, the Japanese mountain asceticism. Small pieces of wood are burned while Buddhist monks and ascetics recite sutras.


~Fire Ritual Ceremony (Goma)~At the Fire Ceremony Dojo, one of the historic sites of the Temple, Saito Goma will be held to pray for worldwide peace.

・Access time:14:00~15:00

Pre-registration is not required.

Only the temple day admission fee is required. Please come directly to Fire Ceremony Dojo.