Fire Ceremony and Kaiseki Dining at The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko

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Duration
3.5 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 6 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
Other
Vegan, Vegetarian, Regional food
International luxury hotel chain The Ritz-Carlton invites you to immerse yourself in the tradition of one of Japan’s oldest temples.
Highlights
Authentic, traditional ceremonies where you can experience the heart of temple life with practicing Buddhist monks
Comfortably explore off-the-beaten-track Japan with all the careful planning of world-class hotel services
Enjoy locally sourced cuisine served on artisan tableware in an elegant setting
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
This experience combines two of The Ritz-Carlton Nikko's most popular reservation-only experiences. Immerse yourself in the contemplative atmosphere of Chuzenji Temple, a sanctuary dating back to 784. Here, you will follow the monks' ancient practice of writing meditation by copying sutra or key Buddhist imagery to bring wellness and fortune. Then, witness an engaging fire ritual, where rhythmic chanting and the leaping flames of holy cedar will transport you to an otherworldly scene. Round off your morning with a tour of the temple's main hall before your elegant kaiseki meal in the hotel's dining room. All of the ceramicware comes from local artisans, and you'll dine on exquisite ingredients from partner farms. The delicate art of kaiseki course dining is brought to life by the regional quality of unique mashiko-yaki ware and cuisine infused with Tochigi spirit. Spend a day in luxury with this exclusive experience brought to you in collaboration with byFood and the The Ritz-Carlton's world-class concierge service.
Inclusions
Transportation to and from the temple
Traditional Japanese lunch course with beverage
Writing meditation souvenir (sutra or imagery)
Exclusions
Transportation to/from the hotel
Offering money, additional blessings/experiences at the temple
Off-menu orders, additional drinks during lunch
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko, 2482 Chugushi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi 321-1661
Remarks
Monks/temple staff may ask participants to remove their shoes during certain experiences to preserve the historical architecture and offer respect. Socks are recommended.
Please be advised that Chuzenji Temple is an active religious site. Appropriate dress is expected.
Notify the restaurant at the time of reservation of dietary restrictions and allergies.
Please arrive at the hotel reception desk at 9:50.

Experience Location

To the north of Tokyo, escape Japan’s bustling capital and discover Tochigi Prefecture, known for stunning autumnal foliage in Nikko, hot springs of Nasu, and historic Utsunomiya.
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Earliest available date: March 10, 2024
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals