Walking Zen and Zen Mondo
Since ancient times, high Buddhist priest or Zen master who pursue the truth would leave the temple and perform the ascetic practices in nature.
Many stories of these religious training which have been handed down can be found in the mountains, forests, and gorges around Zenagi.
This tour will arrange three private Zen experiences in the forest guided by the Zen master who have trained for a long time.
Zen is like cleaning your heart. This activity help you wash away all the anger, sorrow, and desires inside you.
Just be a part of nature then you will discover true self, says Zen Master.
3:00 PM Check-in
Spend your relaxing afternoon at a luxury Kominka hotel made from all natural wood with only 3 suite rooms. Each room has a made-to-order luxurious Hinoki bathtub with different designs. Enjoy forest bathing in the Hinoki bathtub while immersing yourself in the Hinoki aroma for a moment of relaxation.
(Forest bathing originated in the Kiso region).
A private butler is at your service to assist you with anything you need during your stay.
All the furniture and furnishings in the hotel are handcrafted by the local craftsmen and artisans.
6:30 PM Dinner
Fresh mushrooms, mountain vegetables, and wild game meat such as bear, boar, and deer bestowed by the forest of Kiso Valley.
Organic vegetables and fruits produced at a local Satoyama farm.
Fish grown in Ise Bay receiving the rich blessings of the Kiso forest.
Our cuisine incorporates local natural ingredients of Kiso into innovative French dishes (12 to 15 course menu). The portion of each dish is small so that all the guests including small children and the elder can enjoy their meal.
Please kindly contact us in advance if you need special child-friendly menus.
9:00 PM Stargazing
After the meal, lets's get outside to stargaze, lying down on the sofa at the outdoor wooden deck.
Total darkness of the countryside lets you enjoy the beautiful sky full of glittering stars just like a planetarium. In winter, enjoy a perfect evening with your family and friends, sitting by the fireplace.
11:00 PM Sweet dreams
In the silence of the night all you hear is the sound of the wind and insects. Slip into sweet dreams on the luxury beds.
7:00 AM Take a walk
Good quality sleep lets you wake up early in the morning. Enjoy a morning walk around the hotel in the beautiful landscape. Local area maps are available at front desk.
8:00 AM Breakfast
Have a fresh & healthy breakfast. Enjoy a fancy western breakfast using fresh organic fruits and vegetables from Satoyama. Taste our specilty egg dishes which are prepared depending on your preferences and homemade natural yeast bread.
9:00 AM Zen Experience
Zen Mondo or Zen riddles
At the entrance to the forest, you will be given a riddle or a question which is rather difficult to answer used during Zen meditation.
Although Zen riddles are confidential ascetic discipline which are never allowed to be taken out, we arrange exclusively for our guests at zenagi.
While you walk in the forest without speaking, find an answer to the question just given. At the end of the walk, share the answer you reach.
Zen master will give Zen teachings in response to the answer you just shared, and then let you have Zen meditation to cleanse your heart in front of waterfall.
12:00 AM Check-out
We hope that you had a memorable and wonderful holiday at Zenagi.
We will see you off hoping to see you again in the near future.
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