Soto is one of the three major Zen sects in Japan, handed down by Dougen. Soto is characterized by the style of meditation, called "shikan-ta-za" or "single-minded sitting." At Shorinji temple beside the Kumano River, you'll meet a monk who trained at Eiheiji temple, the main centre of the Soto sect. He'll explain Dougen's philosophy and lead you in a meditation session.
This experience is an Add-on package
This experience is ideal for those staying in Yunomine Onsen or Kawayu Onsen on the Kumano Kodo Trail. All our Self-Guided Kumano Kodo tours offer the opportunity to spend a leisurely second night in one of these hot-spring villages near the Grand Shrine at Hongu. Clients choosing the two-night stay can request this Experience for their intervening free day.