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Fukui-Echizen Daibutsu TempleFukui-Echizen Daibutsu Temple

Japan, a land of captivating beauty and ancient traditions, offers a unique answer to the frenetic pace of our modern world: Zen. This serene practice, born in Japan, offers a path to inner balance and mindfulness. Imagine a country where towering skyscrapers coexist with peaceful gardens, where bullet trains propel you forward while temples whisper tales of the past. This is the essence of Japan, and WAWW Guide’s trusted experts from InsideJapan Tours can guide you in unlocking its transformative power.

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Zen: The Path to Harmony

Zen Buddhism, a school of Mahayana Buddhism, emphasizes mindfulness, meditation, and simplicity. Rooted in the concept of “zazen” (sitting meditation), Zen practice encourages introspection and a deep connection with the present moment. Through a combination of breathing exercises, koan contemplation (unanswerable riddles used for reflection), and physical postures, Zen practitioners strive for a state of enlightenment (satori).

Kakusenkei Gorge
Kakusenkei Gorge

Finding Your Zen

Here is a curated  unique 14-day “Hidden Zen” adventure designed to introduce you to the heart of Japanese culture and the practice of Zen. This self-guided journey goes beyond the usual tourist trail, weaving together experiences that will nourish your mind, body, and spirit.

Tokyo’s Electric Pulse: Your journey begins in the heart of Tokyo, Shinjuku, a neighbourhood that pulsates with electric energy. Prepare to be mesmerized by a visit to teamLab, where mind-bending digital art awaits.

Tranquility in Kamakura: A stark contrast to the urban jungle awaits in Kamakura, an ancient capital city steeped in culture and serenity south of Tokyo. Unwind by wandering through ancient temples, standing in awe beneath the colossal Great Buddha, and finding peace amidst the rustling leaves of calming bamboo forests.

A Seat at the Source of Zen: Your Zen pilgrimage continues aboard the sleek Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train, whisking you up the west coast to Fukui. Here, nestled amidst rolling hills, lies the awe-inspiring Eiheiji Temple complex, dating back to the 13th century. For total immersion, stay at the Hakujukan “Zen Village,” where you can witness the ethereal beauty of early morning prayers and participate in a Zen meditation session – a truly enriching experience that will leave you feeling centred.

Rejuvenation in Onsen Paradise: Another bullet train ride takes you to Kaga Onsen, a haven for relaxation boasting a cluster of charming hot spring villages like Yamanaka Onsen and Yamashiro Onsen. Immerse yourself in the delightful experience of staying in a traditional ryokan, a charming Japanese inn, and savouring the exquisite flavours of a multi-course kaiseki dinner. As you soak in the natural hot springs, even the strongest of stress will melt away beneath the gentle caress of steam.

Samurai Legacy in Kanazawa: This historic city is a diamond of the itinerary. Its unique architecture and breathtaking gardens provide a stunning backdrop for exploring the intriguing history of the samurai districts. For an authentic experience, stay in a machiya townhouse, a traditional wooden dwelling tucked away in a charming backstreet.

Rural Detour to Toyama: Step off the beaten path and into the serene district of Toyama, nestled amidst verdant rice paddies. Your unique accommodation awaits at the Rakudo-an, a meticulously restored 120-year-old farmhouse transformed into a boutique inn with only three guest rooms, offering an intimate experience unlike any other. Here, you’ll mingle with local craftspeople and explore the area alongside the welcoming community, discovering the hidden gems and rich traditions of rural Japan.

Rakudo an Exterior
Rakudo-An Exterior

Do you like this glimpse into your Hidden Zen adventure? WAWW Escapist Travel Club can personalize the itinerary to create a journey that resonates with your interests and timeframe. Are you a member yet? Email to apply and embark on a quest for inner peace, discovering the captivating harmony between tradition and technology that defines Japan.