The KOHTEI art pavilion is the highlight of this collection of buildings, which includes ancient architecture from the Kamakura Period, a reconstructed teahouse by Sen no Rikyu, and the Shodo temple office building, all connected by the gardens. Visitors are free to walk or rest at their own pace in this art gallery, where the theme is discovering quiet times.
The Zen paintings and calligraphy by Hakuin and other artists are one of the highlights.
In addition to experiencing zazen meditation and copying out sutras, you can also try Shinshoji Udon, served in the same way as the unsui (training monks) do at the training halls of the Rinzai sect, or tofu stew as you admire the garden from the Gankuin hall, where the café is.
Along with Zen paintings, architecture, art, and gardens, the Shinshoji offers a new way to experience Zen for the modern era.
91 Kamisanna, Numakuma-cho, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima 720-0401
By car (Via Sanyo Expressway): 40 mins from Fukuyama-higashi IC or 25 mins from Fukuyama-nishi IC
By Bus (Free shuttle bus): Ride the Showa Onsen Shuttle Bus in front of Fukuyama Station North Exit and get off at the Shinshoji Bus Stop (weekdays only).
(1) Ride the bus at Bus Stop no. 6 at Fukuyama Station and get off at the Shinshoji Bus Stop (weekends and holidays only).
(2) Ride the bus at Bus Stop no. 6 at Fukuyama Station and get off at the Tenjinyama Bus Stop. Walk 15 mins.
Adults: 1,200 yen / Students (High school students and above): 900 yen / Junior high school students: 500 yen / Elementary school students and below: Free