Immersive Samurai and Temple Stay Experience

Imagine making a break from the city, a break from modernity. Make a break from it all and immerse yourself in the world of the Edo Era samurai. Located a mere 45 minute train ride out of Osaka is a temple where you will learn the art and science of being a samurai warrior. You will also spend the night in a large and historic but rarely visited temple that also has a sumo ring, eat three hearty meals, dip your toes into the Zen meditation discipline, and explore a village that peaked in the 18th century. No crowds, no interference. Not a single impediment between you and the making of life-long memories.
* Duration: 2 days
* Starts: 泉南市, Japan
* Trip Category: Multi-day & Extended Tours >> Overnight Tours




Imagine making a break from the city, a break from modernity. Make a break from it all and immerse yourself in the world of the Edo Era samurai. Located a mere 45 minute train ride out of Osaka is a temple where you will learn the art and science of being a samurai warrior. You will also spend the night in a large and historic but rarely visited temple that also has a sumo ring, eat three hearty meals, dip your toes into the Zen meditation discipline, and explore a village that peaked in the 18th century. No crowds, no interference. Not a single impediment between you and the making of life-long memories.

Itinerary

Day 1: Out of the City and Into the World of Samurai

Stop At: Chokeiji Temple, 815 Shindachiichiba, Sennan 590-0504 Osaka Prefecture
Your grand experience beings at 9:30am, when you will be greeted in Sennan City, at Izumi Sunagawa Station. First on the agenda is a trip to our samurai master’s temple, Chokeiji, where we will meet with the monastery’s head monk. Following this, we head to the samurai wing of the monastery, don samurai clothing and really start getting in the mood for training. At this point, you will not only have the opportunity to wear authentic samurai apparel, but also gain a thorough understanding of the production and purpose of each item the samurai wore.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: 旧南丘家住宅, 3307 Kokawa, Kinokawa, Wakayama 649-6531, Japan
Visit a late Edo Period (first half of the 19th century) village for katana (Japanese sword) training, udon (Japanese thick wheat flour noodles) making and eating, and Zen practice.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: Udon that you make as part of the experience.
• Dinner: Typical Japanese monastery food.
Accommodation included: Lodging provided at the temple where many of the activities take place.

Day 2: Samurai Precision and Clarity

Stop At: Chokeiji Temple, 815 Shindachiichiba, Sennan 590-0504 Osaka Prefecture
Day 2 starts with great anticipation and a 5:30am jump start on clarity and excellence. After some time to get ready, you’ll attend 6am morning prayers with the monks and then move on to the preparation and enjoyment of breakfast from 7am.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sennan, Sennan, Osaka Prefecture, Kinki
Visit a nearby temple of great importance. This is where Tokugawa hid out with his samurais back in his days of conquest. Afterwards, a bit more Zen and sword practice and demonstration. Plan on being back on a train to Osaka or beyond at around 11:30am.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Typical monastery breakfast.
No accommodation included on this day.