Meditate over Water at Iwamotoji Temple

Practice Buddhist zazen at one of Shikoku’s pilgrimage temple
Escape the busyness of modern life with a one-of-a-kind meditation experience at Iwamotoji Temple in Kochi, the 37th temple of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage. Every year, from spring through fall, the temple invites guests to practice zazen, zen Buddhist meditation, on the nearby river.

After changing into a samue—Japanese monk clothing which is available to rent free of charge—a monk will guide you to the Shimanto River and direct you to sit directly in the refreshing waters as he provides meditation guidance. The coolness of the water coupled with the encircling forests, epitomizes tranquility and creates a wonderful place to practice mindfulness. After meditating, you will continue your spiritual journey at the temple with Buddhist sutra copying, which is available in both English and kanji characters. For an additional charge, you can warm your body in the temple’s sauna to complete the experience.

The experience is available in both English and Japanese! Be sure to make a reservation from the home page.
Address 〒786-0004 高知県高岡郡四万十町茂串町3-13
Telephone Number 088-022-0376
Business HoursActivity details
9:00–13:00 pm
May–September (reservations start early February)
Days Closed for BusinessOctober–April (only for the meditation activity)
Price5,300 yen (6 years old–12 years old)
9,100 yen (12 years old and over)
*Children under 6 years old cannot participate
DirectionsApprox. 15 mins walk from Kubokawa Station
ParkingParking available (20 normal, 4 large spots)
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