【Hiroshima / Miyajima】"Tour of Aki" Experience Kodo (Incense-burning) and Matcha-tea at Daihonzan Daisho-in Temple of Miyajima Misen

【Hiroshima / Miyajima】"Tour of Aki" Experience Kodo (Incense-burning) and Matcha-tea at Daihonzan Daisho-in Temple of Miyajima Misen

Plan ID: 16138
Provided by:​ ​​ ​ネットマーケットジャパンコーポレーション株式会社

Price list

8,700Yen ~ (tax included)

6 ~ 10 people · Fee per participant
Hiroshima / Hiroshima and Miyajima
Japan Cultural Experience / Tea Ceremony Guided tour
  • Empty-handed OK
  • Operation available - rain or shine
  • Children can join
  • Time required
    1-2 hours
  • Target age
    Age 12 ~
  • Number of people who can book
    6 to 20 people
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Let's enjoy a special time at Daisho-in which is considered to be the oldest temple in Miyajima of Aki.​ ​

"Kodo" (Incense burning) is an example of Japanese Geido (art) that appreciate the fragrance rising from Koboku (fragrant wood) burned according to traditional rituals.​ ​
It is also called "ko-asobi" means a game with incense, when several types of incense are offered to participants to guess.​ ​​ ​

Each type of incenses has a title related to seasons or celebrations and in this game players must distinguish and differentiate various types of incense on scent. It is more important to enjoy the aroma than to win or lose.​ ​

After kodo game, you can enjoy matcha tea with traditional sweets.
From ancient times there is a specific meaning in etiquette of drinking tea and eating sweets.​ ​
After a detailed explanation by the instructor, we believe that your match tea and sweets bring more joy.

Kōdō is counted as one of the three Japanese Arts of Refinement (Geido).​ ​
In addition to a kodo game, trying matcha-tea with traditional sweets would make you sense the elegance.​ ​

The course is conducted by an instructor Kosai Yamasaki, an expert with 50 years of experience at Daisho-in kodo school.​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​

Kodo — a Japanese traditional experience

The history of kodo can be traced back to Empress Suiko's reign (595 CE). The Buddhism played a key role in the development of kodo.
Since Daisho-in is the equal of Ninna-ji Temple of Kyoto, Kodo has been introduced in Daisho-in early, then spread out around Hiroshima.​ ​
In addition to unique etiquette regarding the preparation of incense, kodo tools and their storage boxes called “Midarebako” and “Hishibon” are worth seeing.

Relaxing time over matcha-tea with traditional sweets

After the game with scents, you will have a relaxing time over matcha-tea with traditional sweets.​ ​​ ​
Take sweets first, then drink tea for the better taste.​ ​
Traditional sweets are usually served on kaishi (double-folded paper), the meaning of double-folding, the etiquette of how to divide a piece of sweets before putting it into your mouth,​ ​
how to hold a tea bowl, how to drink and so on.
We will explain each manner and its meaning step by step.​ ​​ ​

Tour Steps​ ​

10:00~ Kodo experience
Let's enjoy an amazing scent during the Japanese culture experience "Kodo".
11:00~ Matcha-tea with traditional sweets
Let's enjoy culture exchange over matcha-tea with traditional sweets.​ ​​ ​
You are welcome to take your time.

★Traditional sweets provided in this plan are made by professional confectionery chefs. ★
Seasonal flowers and fruits are designed on the sweets.


Minimum number of people 6 people
Number of people who can book 6 to 20 people
Schedule Thursday
Start time 9: 45
Reservation deadline Before 7 days

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Assemble point

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

How to reach by car

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

How to reach 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.


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Basic charge

6 to 10 people · participants / people 8,700yen 12 to 80 years old
11 ~ 20 people · participants / people 7,870yen 12 to 80 years old

* Above prices include all taxes.
* This is a basic fee.
* Prices may vary depending on the schedule, so please see the price list displayed after selecting the date.

Included in price Experience fee, materials, matcha tea, traditional sweets, VAT

About payment / cancellation

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About cancellation fee The cancellation fee will be required in accordance with the policy below.
One day before: 50%
On the day: 100%
The cancellation without prior notice: 100%

Advance preparation

Clothings and must-bring items No special requirements.
About rental items No special requirements.

Facility information

Changing room Restroom shower
Parking Lot Locker


Matters require attention ★ Flow of Kodo ★
① The assistant will cut the koboku (fragrant wood) to small pieces, then put them in sachets.
※ All wrapped fragrances look same, that makes them indistinguishable.
② Shuffle the sachets, then put them in the incense burner randomly.
③ Pass around the incense burner, and everyone should listen to each burner and write the answer on the paper. In kodo Japanese say “listening” to the incense, not “smelling” it.
④ Please hand in your answer sheet.
⑤ We will announce the correct answer in the end.
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  • Time required
    1-2 hours
  • Target age
    Age 12 ~
  • Number of people who can book
    6 to 20 people

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