ZaZen → hot springs → farm →Waterfall
Route Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple Sunday Zazen Experience at Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple Ashigara Onsen Only-You Matsuga Farm (Pension Matsuga) Sunset Waterfall (Kintaro's birthplace and the rocks Kintaro played with )
The Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple, also called Doryoson, in Minamiashigara is a prestigious temple of the Soto Zen Buddhism. It has over 3000 brach temples.
One of the most famous statues of the Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple is the Tengu. Tengu is humanoid creatures with wings and a long nose wearing Japanese Geta sandals. the former monk Doryo. It is said that Doryo turned into a Tengu after death and went to Daiyuzan mountain into hiding himself.
A lot of metal Geta sandals are donated in honor of Doryo and Tengu in the temple. Also, 500-year-old cedar trees are planted along the 3km path leading to the Nio-gate.
In addition, the couple who wants to hold their wedding ceremony at Saijoji Temple is welcomed.
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Saijoji temple hosts "zazen" sitting meditation sessions in a dojo twice a month on Sunday.(2nd&4th Sunday)
Why don't you try to find yourself that you haven't seen yet through meditation in the beautiful nature and serene environment?
Also, "Zen meeting for kids" is held on August.
A lot of kids enjoy spending time with zen monks such as zazen or cleaning.
* 3rd to 6th grade elementary students and their parents are available to join.
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"Only-You" is the hot spring spa(Onsen) in Minami-ashigara city in Kanagawa prefecture. It is an alkaline spring with a PH level of 9.5 that helps create beautiful skin, and the hot spring facility is surrounded by beautiful nature.
You can spend a relaxing time in this comfortable Japanese-style facility.
Address: 1520-1 Hiromachi, Minami-ashigara city, Kanagawa
a 15-min drive from the Oimatsuda IC (Tomei Expressway)
a 15-min drive from Kaisei Station of Odakyu line
a 7-min drive from Daiyuzan Station of Izuhakone Railway
Hours: 10:00 - 21:30 (The final admission until 20:00)
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Pension Matsuga is a B&B with a nice restaurant. They serve fresh vegetables harvested in their kitchen garden. In addition, you can have an experience of picking blueberries in summer. Homemade jam and icecream are sold , you shouldn't miss it!
Access: 1232 Yagurazaka, Minami-Ashigara city, Kanagawa Pref.
20 mins by bus for Sekimoto from Shin-matsuda Station, then transfer a bus for Yagurazawa
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Sunset Waterfall is a 23m-tall and 5m-wide waterfall that is falling on Uchikawa river, the tributary of the Sakawagawa river. It it said that Kintaro took his first bath in Sunset Waterfall. It is named after the beauty of the waterfall shining on the sunset or the look of the setting sun into the waterfall.
In spring, the color of fresh green is vivid and beautiful, and it turns red in autumn. The campsite opens every summer, and it is a good place for kids to play with water. ”Open Sunset Waterfall Festival” is held on first Sunday of July every year, hosts a Shinto ritual to mark the start of waterfall season.
Access: 25 mins by bus from Daiyuzan Sta., then get off Jidozo stop and walk 15 mins.