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【Hiroshima・Miyajima】 Exploring Aki: Sutra Copying & Homa Experience At Miyajima Misen Daihonzan Daisho-in

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  • Beginners welcome - First try
  • Empty-hands OK
  • Operate rain or shine
  • Children welcome
  • Recommended for foreigners
  • Possible number of bookings
  • Participating age
    6Age ~ 100 Age
  • Duration
    2~3 hours
Plan description

Daisho-in is the oldest temple of Aki where you will learn to copy Buddhist sutras and experience a homa ritual.
While copying sutras, you can enjoy the smell of inks and sense of tranquility. As for the homa ritual, you will watch a huge fire.​ ​
Deeply connected to Japanese history and culture, this fascinating Buddhist practice is a must-have experience when you are in Japan.​ ​
※English interpreter is available and all participants will be given free English guide books 'Daihonzan Daisho-in Temple of Miyajima Misen'.

Relax and ease your mind by copying sutras​ ​

You will copy the sutra of 'Hannya Shingyo' (The Heart Sutra) which concludes the teachings of Buddha in 276 letters.​ ​

You will put a paper on the sample text and trace letters, so this experience is suitable even for those who cannot write Chinese characters.

As you sit straight and focus on writing we hope that you will gradually find your inner calm.

Overwhelming Homa ritual experience

The homa is a fire ritual in Buddhism.

The homa sticks are a piece of woods on which prayers are written.

The priest stands in front of a fire and chants Buddhist mantra, while others throw homa sticks into the fire and pray.

The huge plume of smoke rising up to the ceiling means the homa sticks have been purified and received by the God.

Tour steps​ ​

Sutra copying(1 hour)
Goma experience (1 hour)
★ Sutra copying ★
① Align the paper with the model “Hanwha Shinji” and take a brush
(2) Let's copy the copy paper gently
★ Goma experience ★
① Write your name and wishes on Gomaki
② Enter the hall
③ There is a goma platform in the center, and firewood is put in the furnace and burned.
④ A mamaki is thrown into the furnace that burns in the praise of the monk.


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    Detailed information of this plan

    Required minimum number of participants 2 Person(s)
    Possible number of bookings 2~20
    Operating period Everyday ※Not available if other events held.
    Assembly time Please be at 15 minutes prior to your booking time.
    Booking deadline until 23:59 3 days before

    Changing room Toilet
    Shower Parking

    Dress code - Must bring items nothing special
    About rental items nothing special

    Other notifications Facility information of Miyajima Misen Daihonzan Daisho-in

    Access - Map

    210 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima 739-0592 Miyajima Misen Omotoyama "Daishoin"
    Assembly point

    Temple Reception​ ​
    Miyajima Misen Daihonzan Daisho-in
    210 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi city, Hiroshima 739-0592

    If you arrive by car

    Parking space is available within the precincts of the temple (space is limited)

    If you arrive by train

    Walk to Miyajimaguchi Pier (About 6 minutes from JR Miyajimaguchi station). Take JR Miyajima sea liner or Miyajima Matsu-tourist ferry bound for Miyajima.

    About 30-minute walk from Miyajima pier.

    If you arrive by other means of transportation

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