Learning about Kakunodate Samurai / Zazen Experience

Experience the world of Zen, which nurtured the spirit of the samurai of Kakunodate, a castle town in the northern part of Japan.

The priest will explain the relationship between the Kakunodate samurai and Zen, and the role of the temple, which has existed for 400 years in hopes of bringing peace and tranquility to the people of Kakunodate. In the zazen experience, you will be taught in detail how to behave in an authentic manner and how to have a good mindset. The temple is located in the suburbs, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, so zazen in a place where the only sounds are those of nature is also very appealing. After zazen, there is a tea ceremony with the abbot, where you can listen to him talk about his training. A red seal is included as a commemorative gift. An English-speaking guide is available.

General Information

Manpukuji Temple (47 Kawahara-dera-mae, Kakunodate-machi, Semboku-city, Akita prefecture, 014-0346, Japan)
From 23,000 yen/person
Opening Times
10:00 - 17:00
None (depending on temple conditions)
10 minutes drive from JR Kakunodate Station
(A local interpreter/guide will be waiting for you at Kakunodate Station on the day of the tour).
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Manpukuji Temple
Approx. 2 hrs.
Not recommended for those with back pain.
Not recommended for those with heart disease or other serious illnesses
Not recommended for pregnant women
Most people can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
From Inaka Akita Travel HP -> https://www.yumeijin.co.jp/
*Reserve at least 7 days in advance.
*Minimum 1 person to apply.
*However, we may not be able to accommodate you depending on the temple or monk's availability."


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