円通寺   Entsu-ji Temple
 

This is an old temple of Soto school, one of the three sects of Zen in Japanese Buddhism, located on a low hill. It is known that Ryokan, a well-loved Buddhist monk of the Edo period trained himself when he was young. Both the precincts with a rock garden and a grand Buddhist temple with a magnificently tiled roof are great spots to enjoy the beauty of the blossoms that vary from season to season, together with the adjacent Entsuji Park.
“Ryokan tea-gatherings” named in memory of the highly virtuous monk is held when cherry blossoms are fully out at the main temple. It offers you an opportunity to have graceful moments by experiencing the Japanese tea ceremony.
“Ryokan festival” is also an important event held in fall with a display of sketches by children, tea-gatherings, an exhibition of singing and dancing and other interesting activities.

Name: Entsuji Temple
Address: 451Tamashima Kashiwajima, Kurashiki-city, Okayama
Access: 10min. from Tamashimachuo-cho bus stop. (from Shinkurashiki sta. by bus)
Tel: 086-522-2444
URL: http://www.kurashiki.co.jp/entsuji/