With its towering photogenic three-storied pagoda, the zen garden of Rinnoji Temple is one of the most famous gardens in the Tohoku region. Throughout spring to summer the gardens are ablaze with the colours of cherry blossoms, irises, azaleas, and lotus blossoms as the year progresses. When autumn comes the golden leaves light up the garden and in winter the sight of the pine trees covered with their yuki-tsuri protective rope coverings enhance its beauty. These seasonal changes of mother nature imbue a sense of refinement and calm that provides a profound sense of solace and comfort to the soul.
In the three-storied pagoda is a seated statue of the Amida Buddha that is designated as a tangible cultural property by Sendai City. On the first and 15th of every month the doors to the statue are opened. The 7.8m-tall five-storied pagoda is made entirely of natural stone and beneath it are buried 2,600 heart sutras to memorialise the war dead.
There is a zen meditation hall at the temple and every Saturday from 18:30 to 20:00 a free zen meditation class is open to all participants. In the Soto School of Buddhism zen meditation means shikantaza, or “nothing but sitting.” Empty your mind and do not think about anything at all as your mind and body become one.
- 300 yen
(Free for pre-school children)
- Opening Times
- Open year round
- 15 minutes by taxi from JR Sendai Station
15 minutes on foot from Kita-Sendai Station on the Namboku Subway Line
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