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Behind the Scenes Toyama Temple Tour and Lunch Box
Organized by Kyoko Takano
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Number of Guests
2 - 20 guests
Chinese, Japanese, English
Go past the limits of ordinary guests and explore the inner chambers of one of the Jodo Shinshu’s head temples before chowing down on a special edition lunch box.
Behind-the-scenes tour of off-limits areas
Vegetarian lunchbox prepared by local celebrity chefs, exclusive to this experience
Enjoy the restored ambiance of this 600-year-old religious and cultural site
After 23 years of renovation and repair work, the national treasure Shokoji temple is proud to reopen to visitors and practitioners. Founded in 1471 as the seat of the Honganji school of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, this temple is a prime example of the sect’s presence in Toyama, the Shinshu Kingdom. This exclusive tour will take you to areas usually closed off to parishioners, such as the Kin-no-ma (Golden Room) and Kyodo sutra hall. Here, you will discover the mysticism and history of Jodo Shinshu monks’ daily rituals. This fully guided tour includes commentary from an expert of the preservation of Japan’s Important cultural properties. Your guide will give an in-depth look at the who/what/whys, and hows of this temple’s 600 year history and the recent restoration process that brought back its former glory. After your tour of the inner halls and grounds of Shokoji, you'll enjoy a bento lunch box courtesy of the local farmers and chefs of Niji no Koya. "Every day, by hand, with nothing extra" is the motto that has earned their food a high reputation throughout Japan. Their crafted bento are a huge hit at events, and this experience offers a one-of-a-kind chance to try a menu specially developed just for participants. You'll enjoy a vegetarian shoujin-ryouri lunch box inspired by the 7 wonders of Shokoji temple. Example menu items include chickpea croquettes, vegetable chirashi-zushi, soymilk mayo potato salad, fresh spring rolls and more!
Facility tour with commentary
Temple entrance fee
Lunch (Vegetarian Buddhist cuisine full of locally raised vegetables)
Transportation to and from the venue
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Shokoji Temple, Toyama
Please dress appropriately/respectfully for the temple environment (modest clothing, socks/close-toed shoes)
Please know that the temple is an active religious site with practicing monks.
Tour guests will meet on-location at the temple
Takaoka in western Toyama is the second largest city in the prefecture. Know as the "Land of Water," this area is abundant with natural spring water from seven large rivers. During the Edo period, under the Maeda family, the region became known for its impeccable craftsmanship. Popular crafts include copper and lacquerware. The area is also known for its temples, including the beautiful Zuiryuji Temple.
Place a Booking
Select at least 2 guests
Select at least 2 guests
(12 - 100)
(4 - 11)
Earliest available date: December 15, 2023
Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.