Hoenji is a temple belonging to the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism. It was built by Toshiie Maeda, the founding lord of the Kaga Clan. Being a little tucked away, serene air drifts through the grounds of this old temple. If you’re looking for a Zen experience, this temple can quell your cravings. The head monk of the temple will show you the temple grounds and its main hall while telling you about the spirit of Zen.
They also offer visitors rare opportunities to try zazen (Zen meditation) and shojin ryori, Zen vegetarian cuisine. When doing zazen, just follow the monk’s instructions and abandon all your worries and ruminations.
*The temple tour is provided in Japanese. If you require an interpreter, you will need to arrange this by yourself in advance.
Let’s make a fun detour to the next destination. Head for Nakamura Memorial Museum first, and, from there, walk down the charming narrow slope with lush greenery called “green path” to the D. T. Suzuki Museum.
Web : http://www.gokokuzan-houenji.jp
【D.T. Suzuki Museum】
The D. T. Suzuki Museum is a small museum that commemorates the life and works of Suzuki Daisetz Teitaro (a native of Kanazawa, 1870–1966), who was a prominent Buddhist philosopher best known as D. T. Suzuki. He is famous for propagating the Japanese Zen doctrine to the West.
Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Taniguchi Yoshio, this museum with landscaped gardens incorporating stone walls and streams set against a background of vivid greenery is not simply an exhibition facility; it is also a place for self-reflection.
Wellington, who learned about the philosophy of D. T. Suzuki in the exhibition space, engaged in his own contemplation while walking the Exterior Corridor and also in the serene Water Mirror Garden.
Web : http://www.kanazawa-museum.jp/daisetz/index.html
【Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District】
Find more inspiration at Naga-machi, where samurai and their families used to reside. Walking through the mud-walled streets with their stone-paved alleys and water canals, Wellington says, “I feel as if I’m back in the samurai era.”
One of the main attractions of Nagamachi is the Nomura Family Samurai Residence. Located in the middle of the district’s main street, it has two stars in the Michelin Guide.
The private gardens in this district were originally designed to have a stream of water entering into them from the canal. The Nomura family’s small garden, which was ranked as the third-best Japanese garden by a US-based technical journal, is no exception. You cannot help but be overwhelmed by the clever design techniques used to create such perfect beauty in such a small space.
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Zen meditation : starts 4:30 am every day (Visitors can observe a Buddhist memorial service after an hour's Zen meditation)
starts 1:30 pm on Sunday (Visitors can listen to a minister's message after one and a half hours' Zen meditation)
Address : 10 Ru, Nagasaka-machi
Tel : 076-241-2680
Web : http://www.daijoji.or.jp/
【Ishikawa NISHIDA KITARO Museum of Philosophy】
Open : 9 am to 5:30 pm (Visitors must enter by 5 pm.)
Closed : Mondays (Next day if Monday falls on a holiday) and Dec. 29 to Jan. 3.
Admission fee : Adult : 300 yen; group (20 persons min.) : 250 yen per person; person of 65 years old or over : 200 yen; person below high-school age : Free
Address : 1 Uchi-hizumi, Kahoku city
Contact : Tel. 076-283-6600
Web : http://www.nishidatetsugakukan.org/index.html
Open : 8 am to 5 pm - Open 365 days a year
Admission fee : 400 yen
Address : 1-18 Monzen, Monzen-machi, Wajima city
Contact : Tel. 0768-42-0005
Web : http://www.sotozen-net.jp
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