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Introduction to Buddhist Pilgrimage

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Introduction to Buddhist Pilgrimage

2 reviews
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
5 hours
Group size
Up to 3 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Transport, Equipment
Hosted in
English
history walk

Introduction to Buddhist Pilgrimage

history walk

Introduction to Buddhist Pilgrimage

2 reviews
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
5 hours
Group size
Up to 3 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Transport, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

I will pick you up at Seibu Chichibu station at 10:00 am and we’ll head up to the Mountains where an 800 year old Buddhist pilgrimage begins. At Temple 1 I will teach you how to properly enter and pray at a Buddhist temple. You can buy a “goshuincho”, (book for collecting temple and shrine stamps) here, and hang an "Ema" (wooden prayer board) with a special prayer or wish. At Temple 2 there is a section of the pilgrimage path that descends the mountain through an ancient Japanese cedar forest. Then it’s on to Temple 4, the most popular temple of the pilgrimage. We’ll have lunch at the noodle shop here before exploring the compound famous for it’s 1,300 statues, including a rare "Mary Kannon". I will share some of the history and secrets of the temple before we head back to Chichibu at 2:30. Back in town I will give you a map and point out temples and shrines you can walk or bike to (bike rental in front of station) if you want to keep exploring and collecting temple stamps on your own. Chichibu’s historic main street is lined with small shops and restaurants and dead ends at a 1,800 year old Shinto shrine. There is a great onsen in the station, and plenty of trains back to Tokyo. Recharge and reconnect in the sacred mountains that Tokyoites have made pilgrimage to for over a thousand years. You can see more photos on Instagram: #pilgrimagejapan

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Your host

Learn more about Ashley

Ashley

I am recommended by the Chichibu Pilgrimage Association. I’ve been exploring and photographing the pilgrimage since moving to Chichibu in 2010. My husband is the assistant to the head monk of the Chichibu Pilgrimage. A misconception people have about Zen Buddhism is that it’s strict and demanding. There is an etiquette, but Buddhist monks are friendly and relaxed. Zen is about being fully in the present moment, and meeting life with gratitude and equanimity. Zen is about immersing yourself in nature. “Let nature be your teacher”. Is an important Zen concept. Zen is about loving kindness towards yourself and others. Come experience Zen for yourself. I would love to be your guide. You can see lots more photographs and videos of the Chichibu pilgrimage on Instagram at #pilgrimagejapan.

What's included

Food
Soba (buckwheat noodles) with tempura at a noodle shop in the Kinshoji temple compound.
Drinks
Japanese tea (hot or cold depending on the season) with local snacks, and rice crackers.
Transport
I will pick you up at Seibu Chichibu station, and return you to the station after the experience. The ride is free and…
Equipment
I will give you a map and point you in the direction of temples, shrines and other points of interest you can easily walk or…

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Where you'll be

We will explore three temples on the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage circuit (est. 1234). Shimabuji, Shinpukuji, and Kinshoji. The experience will be in Chichibu city and the town of Yokoze.

This experience is available starting May 03, 2020

To protect the health and safety of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused until 30 April 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 18 and up can attend. This experience is light. It involves a small amount of walking.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes and shoes for walking.

More tips

Entrance to the temples is free, but be prepared with cash if you want to buy charms or get temple stamps. Most temples only accept cash. There is a great onsen in the station, and lots of sightseeing spots you can walk to on your own after the tour.
Ashley
Introduction to Buddhist Pilgrimage
2 reviews
From £70/person
2 reviews
From £70/person