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There are a few places that stand out in your mind. Rinzaiji is one. I come away from it with a sense of peace and calm similar to Ryoanji in Kyoto but without the crowds. This 500 year old Zen...
There are a few places that stand out in your mind. Rinzaiji is one. I come away from it with a sense of peace and calm similar to Ryoanji in Kyoto but without the crowds. This 500 year old Zen... more »
Great place, very spiritual. Guide was incredible. Very detailed and full of facts. All in English. If given another chance I would definitely come back and visit the place. The only thing you must remember you will not be allowed every time. Research beforehand.
I will visit Rinzai-ji whenever I visit Shizuoka. It has a feeling of absolute peace, that only Zen Temples have. It has a beautiful garden, including some rock gardens. Just sit and enjoy the feeling for about half an hour. I first went because of its historical importance. Tokugawa Ieyasu, the man who united Japan and established the Tokugawa Shogunate was lodged in Shizuoka as a hostage for his family's good behaviour as a young boy and returned to Sumpu (Shizuoka) in his 'retirement' and built a huge castle in the center of town. It was at this temple that he was lodged as a young boy. He came of age at the more-frequently visited but less impressive, nearby Shrine.
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