address: 401 Yamanashi-Ken




Fax: 0554-25-6282






Zuigakuin was founded in 1978 by Zen Master Daigyo Moriyama and is unique in two aspects.

First- in its intention of reestablishing a way of practice as Zen Master Dogen has pointed it out in the 13th century.

Second- in its attempt to provide access to foreign Zen students. Everyone is welcome to share in the daily schedule of zazen, sutra chanting, meals and work.

The temple is located deep in the mountains. There is no electricity and telephone. Life becomes simple and clear in the presence of sounds, silence and the rhythm of nature.

Thus Zuigakuin provides ideal circumstance for the preservation of mindfullness in all our activities.




Zuigakuin conducts relations with many Zen groups and centers in the USA, Brazil and Europe. At any time several languages are spoken. Besides English also French and German, for the time being.

A branch temple is located in the South of France under the direction of Rev. Joshin Bachoux, one of Moriyama-Roshiís dharma heirs.




At least one week before coming to Zuigakuin send a letter (return postage appreciated) or fax, including your name, address, telephone or fax number, the date of arrival and intented length of stay. (The temple is closed from January to mid March.)

Please bring loose clothes for zazen as well as working clothes. Keep in mind that the location is in the forest and at 700 m. of altitude, so itís always cooler than in the city. Also bring flashlight, toiletaries, towel and sheets. The charge is Y 4000 per day and decreases after the first week.

For further information (also in English) contact Miss Fukushima at the Tokyo office.Tel 03-3864-4631 or fax 03-3864-4638



Zuigakuin is about one hourís hike from Hatsukari, the nearest station on JR-Chuo Line.

The trail to the temple is well-marked and the local inhabitants can point the way.

Hatsukari is about 2-hours from Shinjuku and Tokyo Station.



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