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Tour and Tea Ceremony at Zuiryuji Temple with Head Priest
Organized by Kyoko Takano
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Number of Guests
2 - 5 guests
Chinese, Japanese, English
Experience Toyama through its deepest cultural ties to the arts and Buddhist religion at Zuiryuji temple.
Behind-the-scenes tour of off-limits areas led by Zuiryiji’s head priest.
Once-in-a-lifetime tea ceremony experience in an authentic tea room.
Exclusive walkthrough of one of Japan’s national treasures.
Names mean a lot in Japan. Just like hearing the title of “Harvard” invites feelings of excitement and prestige for high-ranking education, the name “Maeda” lights up the hearts of Japanese people with visions of sparkling gold and impeccable craftsmanship. The head priest of Zuiryu-ji temple invites you to learn why this name means so much in Hokuriku! The Northernmost regions of the Maeda clan’s Kaga domain is home to deeply rooted Buddhist beliefs and the family temple built by the third head of the Maeda clan for his predecessor. This temple is now a recognized national treasure, where you can appreciate Japanese culture in its highest form. The temple’s head priest will lead you through halls and sacred rooms, introducing just why this structure is so special. Normally closed to the public, guests will enjoy a tea ceremony in the garden tea room. The tea house is said to be a replica of the famous Yuin tea house, and hosts the descendants of the tea ceremonies that brought tea culture from elite samurai art to the common people.
Facility tour with commentary
Temple entrance fee
Tea ceremony with wagashi sweets, matcha, and etiquette training
Transportation to and from the venue
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Zuiryuji 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.
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Select at least 2 guests
Select at least 2 guests
(12 - 100)
(4 - 11)
Earliest available date: December 18, 2023
Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.