Experience the power of meditation

Daitsuji Temple Zazen

yakage town, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura


Founded in the 8th century, Daitsuji Temple is located just north of central Yakage Town and plays a central role in the spiritual life of the townspeople. There are a variety of annual events that bring local residents and visitors onto the grounds of this sparkling temple.

Known for its superbly landscaped garden, which has become an attraction in its own right, the temple is surrounded by castle-like walls and secured by an elaborate gate. The interior has a combination of austere spaces and elegantly decorated rooms.

There are works of art placed throughout the temple, from intricately decorated tables to the extensive murals painted on the sliding doors, the inner sanctum is designed to affect your senses.

Experience the power of meditation at a workshop at Daitsuji Temple in Yakage. Zazen involves the practice of sitting quietly with your legs crossed and your back upright. Done in silence for the most part, there are instances of group chanting on occasion.


About the Area

Yakage is is often referred to as a “post town”, meaning it was one of the designated stops on the road to Edo (the former name of today’s Tokyo). During the feudal era, regional lords from around Japan were required to make the trip to pay homage to the country’s central ruler.

Lords from West Japan would have traveled along a set route with the halfway point to Edo being Osaka. In Yakage, the Daimyo or lord, attended by his retinue, would have acquired food and lodging for a reserved period of time.


Access: Take the Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Kiyone Station. Walk along the platform at JR Kiyone Station and transfer to the Ibara Line. Take the Ibara Line from Ibara Railway Kiyone Station to Ibara Railway Yakage Station. Daisen-in Temple is about a 6-8 minute walk from Ibara Railway Yakage Station.

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