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Dairyuji Temple Mindfulness Retreat


Thank you for registering for the upcoming Mindfulness Retreat at Dairyuji Temple. We are thrilled you will join us. Here is some important information we’d like you to know before you attend the retreat. If you have any questions please email us or message us via Facebook, we want to make sure you have an enjoyable time at our temple.

  1. You will receive a confirmation from us within the next few minutes from our mail provider Mailchimp - please check your spam box if you do not receive it.

  2. Please make your payment within 24- 48 hours by clicking the BUY NOW button on the previous page or below (PayPal secure payment with credit card).

  3. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer (in Japan) please send us a message,

  4. Once your payment is confirmed you will receive an email from our retreat coordinator Gretchen Miura.

  5. Please bookmark this page so you know what to expect, what to pack and how to get here. We’ll send you a copy as well!

    Thanks again, we look forward to seeing you at the retreat.


Our temple

Dairyuji is an active temple with an 800 year history! It’s been stunningly preserved both inside and out. While we are open to the community and indeed anyone who is interested to visit anytime, you will enjoy a rare opportunity to experience the inner workings of life at a buddhist temple while on this retreat.



There will be a maximum of 10 participants on the retreat, sleeping 2-4 people per room, separated by gender. You will sleep on futons in a comfortable tatami room.

There is a private shared bath/shower area, as well as separate nearby toilets for men and women. Towels and basic amenities are provided (shampoo, conditioner, soap and hairdryer).

Couples will be placed in separate rooms unless otherwise arranged.


Dietary or Health Restrictions

Five meals will be served, including one dinner, two breakfasts and two lunches.

A selection of teas, coffee and snacks will be available to enjoy at your leisure.

We will do our best to accommodate any dietary or health restrictions, within our ability. All meals served at the temple are vegetarian and use locally sourced produce.

We have a refrigerator which can be used, if necessary, if you need to bring your own already prepared meals (there are no cooking facilities for guests).


Weather and Clothing


Bear in mind that spring arrives in Akita later than in other parts of Japan. Please bring clothing which can be layered as we still have cold days and some unpredictable weather in spring. It’s usually pretty stunning though and you might catch some late blooming cherry blossoms and azalea.


Average temperatures for October / November in Akita range from a low of 49℉ to a high of 63℉ .

There is no central heating in most Japanese buildings, including the temple. We use space heaters and some of them are kerosene-run. We realize this is a shock for many people visiting Japan for the first time and it reflects the contradiction of modern yet traditional Japan. Therefore we recommend bringing warm clothing that is easy to layer.


Shoes are not worn inside the temple buildings. We provide Japanese slippers, you are also welcome to bring your own.

Please pack a coat and sneakers (or lightweight hiking boots) so you can enjoy the outdoors. A raincoat or umbrella is also recommended.

Please bring loose, comfortable clothing for yoga and meditation.



Price is all inclusive of accommodations, amenities, meals and activities. Once you arrive no money is necessary. 

There will be one yoga class, three meditation sessions and one dharma talk.

Saturday afternoon you will have the opportunity to explore the Oga peninsula. 


Our instructor Aiko is a beautiful warm soul with a genuine and inclusive nature.

  • The focus will be on the body / mind connection so your ability to do all of the poses perfectly is less important than allowing yourself to be in the moment.

  • We will provide yoga mats. You don't need special equipment, loose comfortable clothing is perfect.

  • Yoga instructions will be conducted in Japanese with English interpretation.


  • If you've never meditated before, don't worry.

  • For those who would like guidance or to learn what to expect we will have a short workshop on Friday evening to show you the basics.

  • We will have both sitting and walking meditation sessions.

  • Meditation instructions will be provided in English.




Either fly into Akita Komachi Airport or take the Akita Komachi shinkansen bullet train to Akita train station. Follow directions further to Oga. 



Take Akita Limousine bus, that departs regularly, to Akita train station. It costs ¥900 per adult and takes 30 minutes. From there take JR Oga line to its final destination at Oga station. You can walk the 10 minutes or take a taxi to temple.

OR take Akita Liner Taxi Van to Oga station directly from Airport. It costs ¥3,400 and takes 80 minutes.



Take JR Oga line train to its final destination at Oga station. Cost is ¥700 one way for an adult and takes 55 minutes.  Temple is within walking distance from station, approximately 10 minutes. Taxis are also available at station.




Please try to arrive at the temple* between 5 and 7 pm on the Friday of your retreat.
Dinner is not included for Friday but you’re welcome to bring a bento to eat here when you arrive. We have snacks and tea, coffee.

7:30pm welcome and nighttime meditation


Meditation, yoga and an afternoon excursion


Dharma talk, lunch and farewell at 1:30pm

*We are happy to arrange a pick-up from Oga station if you let us know which train you will arrive on. It’s a ten-minute walk and taxis are also waiting at the station.