Japanese experiences you won’t forget

modern ryokan kishi-ke is a private retreat by the ocean in Kamakura, Japan offering the authentic Japanese experiences which will add value to your life. Based on Zen concept chisoku, 1-day experience package is a perfect starter of Japanese culture – mindfulness activities, traditional cuisine (shojin), tea ceremony. Forget about the whole world and feel the satisfaction with the present moment – the chisoku.

Welcome to chisoku

Introduction to chisoku (1.5h)
After arrival please enjoy the welcome tea as we introduce you the concept of chisoku. To deepen the understanding of it we have prepared two mindfulness activities for you to choose – zen garden practic and hinoki bath.

Welcome to chisoku

Introduction to chisoku (1.5h)
After arrival please enjoy the welcome tea as we introduce you the concept of chisoku. To deepen the understanding of it as a starwe have prepared two mindfulness activities for you to choose – zen garden making and hinoki bath.

zen garden practice

Zen garden is made with sand and rocks which represents the water. Making and maintaining the garden is a Buddhist monks’ practice. The popularity of it started in the Kamakura period (1185–1333). Making the waves with sand is a calming, mindfulness experience which helps you to focus on the now, on your inner self.

hinoki bath

The bath is not just for relaxation. Clean your body, calm your mind. The spacious bathtub is made with a hinoki wood which is proven to be calming autonomic nerve activity – a shinrin-yoku experience. Forget your daily life and focus on how  you feel.

Buddhist cuisine 

After the first activity, the next chisoku experience is a shojin cuisine cooking lesson. Japan is famous for its rich food culture and the plant-based shojin cuisine of Buddhist monks is one of its roots as the kaiseki is told to have its origin in it. the shojin cuisine is based on seasonal ingredients and preparing it is in itself a mindfulness practice. Learn the basic rules and prepare a full course meal which will be also your lunch. The lesson is conducted by the​ master Mari Fujii or other.

Buddhist cuisine 

After the first activity, the next chisoku experience is a shojin cuisine cooking lesson. Japan is famous for its rich food culture and the plant-based shojin cuisine of Buddhist monks is one of its roots as the kaiseki is told to have its origin in it. the shojin cuisine is based on seasonal ingredients and preparing it is in itself a mindfulness practice. Learn the basic rules and prepare a full course meal which will be also your lunch. The lesson is conducted by the​ master Mari Fujii or other.

Japanese tea experiences

一期一会 ichigoichie
Everything happens only one time in the lifetime hence every moment is unique and should be appreciated. In our busy lives, it’s hard to find a moment to stop and focus on the present. The tea ceremony is all about the now, the chisoku. Focus on what’s in front of you. Enjoy the tea made by the tea master, make the tea for the tea master – different perspectives, different experiences all once in a lifetime encounters.
We offer two tea ceremonies styles: matcha (powder tea) and sencha (loose leaves).

chado – matcha tea ceremony

Chado tea ceremony – 4-hours matcha (powdered green tea) practice with the tea master Kimihisa Meguro. It is told that chado tea ceremony is a condensed Japanese culture. People, things, nature – everything become together to create a unique, art-like experience. Experience the tea ceremony from the preparations, by the flower arrangement, watching the master making tea, to preparing the tea by yourself.

senchado – sencha tea ceremony

Senchado (loose leaf green tea) tea ceremony (2.5h) is unique even for the Japanese. The sencha tea master Taisen Karaki from Obaku Baisa school makes a tea with sencha and gyokuro – the highest quality tea leaves and then​ teaches how to make a tea by yourself. The senchado uses kyusu teapots and it’s conducted by the table. Not only you experience the rare tea ceremony, but also you learn how to make an excellent tea. A new skill is a perfect souvenir to bring back home.

senchado – sencha tea ceremony

Senchado (loose leaf green tea) tea ceremony (2.5h) is unique even for the Japanese. The sencha tea master Taisen Karaki from Obaku Baisa school makes a tea with sencha and gyokuro – the highest quality tea leaves and then​ teaches how to make a tea by yourself. The senchado uses kyusu teapots and it’s conducted by the table. Not only you experience the rare tea ceremony, but also you learn how to make an excellent tea. A new skill is a perfect souvenir to bring back home.

the place

modern ryokan kishike

The word ryokan consists of two characters – one meaning ‘travel’ and the second meaning ‘building, house’. Even for several hours we want kishi–ke to become your house, luxury home during your travel. A place where you can feel Japanese spirit and culture and spend a great time, making wonderful memories and savoring the life of local.

Just one group up to 5 people at once.
For people who want something different.

Learn more here: https://kishi-ke.co.jp/stay/

Houan tea house

For an additional fee, the experiences can be held in an old traditional tea house located in the northern part of Kamakura. Surrounded by bamboo groove and trees creates an unforgettable experience. 

Houan tea house

For an additional fee, the experiences can be held in an old traditional tea house located in the northern part of Kamakura. Surrounded by bamboo groove and trees creates an unforgettable experience. 

program:

• Introduction to chisoku: zen garden or hinoki bath practice(1.5 hour) – please choose one

• Buddhist shojin cuisine  (2.5hours): by Mari Fuji or other

• Tea ceremony (2-4 hours) – please choose one:

Senchado tea ceremony(2 hours): by Taisen Karaki

or

Chado tea ceremony  (4 hours): by Kimihisa Meguro

• Wrap up

important:

We recommend you to book 1 month in advance to make sure the Masters are available

The booking will be completed after we confirm the Masters

English interpreters will assist you

access

We are located in Sakanoshita, Kamakura

Free pick-up available from the airport, hotel located in the Tokyo, Yokohama area

Narita International Airport – approximately 120 min

Haneda International Airport -approximately 60 min

The nearest train station – Hase – 5 min walk

Address
21-5 Sakanoshita
248-0021 Kamakura
Kanagawa, Japan

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