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PICK UP  |   Kyoto | Manpukuji Temple

Manpukuji, an ancient Chinese Zen temple with 2000 years of history
A model course set in the scenic Manpuku-ji Temple

Manpukuji Temple Overview


``Zen Buddhism'' is a sect that focuses on zazen training, and can be broadly divided into three types in Japan: ``Soto sect,'' ``Rinzai sect,'' and ``Obaku sect.''

The Obaku sect was founded by the Chinese monk Ingen Zenji, who was actually the chief priest of Mt. Obaku Temple in Fujian Province, China.

When opening a temple in what is now Uji, the monk Ingen gave it the same name as the temple in China, Obakuzan Manpukuji.
At the time of its founding, more than 20 disciples were brought in from China, and the structure of the temple (buildings) was arranged in the style of ancient Chinese Buddhism, preserving its original appearance.

There are no other temples that exist today, and the Ming Dynasty-style cathedrals are lined up, making you feel as if you are in a Chinese temple.


Fucha cuisine is also a Chinese vegetarian cuisine passed down by Ingen Zenji, with four people sitting around a table with no distance between the top and bottom.

The etiquette of fucha is to eat in a friendly manner and leave no food left behind.

Zenji Ingen is also famous for introducing green beans, watermelon, lotus root, etc. to Japan.

At this temple, you will receive a sermon, experience zazen meditation, and be guided through a special visit by the monks, and then enjoy fucha cuisine.

[Tour points]


  1. This temple was founded by the famous Chinese monk Ingen Zenji.

  2. The temple is unique in Japan, and is a building in the Ming Dynasty style from ancient China that remains intact.

  3. There are also famous stories about the green beans, watermelons, lotus roots, and bamboo shoots that Ingen Zenji brought to Japan.

  4. You can also enjoy Fucha cuisine, a Chinese vegetarian cuisine, at Manpukuji Temple.

  5. If you wish, you can also experience zazen meditation.

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