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Zazen Meditation -- With a German Priestess at Horakuan
Horakuan Temple : 豊楽庵

Practice Zazen Meditation with Guidance in English or German in Suzaka.

Northern Nagano


Horakuan offers Zazen meditation in a quiet farmhouse-turned-temple in the outskirts of Suzaka City, led by a German-born Buddhist priestess.


Zazen meditation can be done any time, any place. But what makes doing zazen in Nagano unique is that the stillness of the countryside here lends itself perfectly to doing meditation. Plus, we have some rather unique zazen meditation sessions here for you to experience.

Horakuan is Buddhist temple in Suzaka City that offers zazen sessions. The temple is in a remodeled farm house, and is run by Dorothee Eshin Takatsu, an ordained Buddhist priestess originally from Germany. She is happy to explain about Buddhism in general and zazen meditation in particular, in fluent English or German.
Horakuan's Zazen meditation session schedule can be found at Other times can be arranged by appointment. Sessions are typically available from April to December.


  • 10
  • 20 people
Zazen meditation session schedule can be found at Other times can be arranged by appointment. Feel free to call anytime.
Programs offered Apr. - Dec.-- see calendar on website for details. (Closed Dec. - Mar.)
Cost / Price of Admission
Free, but since it's a temple it would be good karma to make a donation
Required(Required (contact info: )
# of Participants
1-20 for zazen programs.
Foreign Languages
English, German (English and German spoken.)


Accommodation also available up to 4 people.
Dormitory style up to 10 people.


tel : +81(0)80-1131-1378Official site

Access / Location

By Train
From Suzaka Station(Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line), Call for pick-up. (Detailed access info:
By Car
From Suzaka Nagano East IC, 11.5km (25 min.).
1937 Toyooka Kami-machi, Suzaka 382-0022

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