Buddhist Sutra and Image Copying "Shakyo" & "Shabutsu"

Try sutra (“shakyo”) and Buddhist image (“shabutsu”) tracing. Experience peace of mind while becoming familiar with temples and Buddhism!

Operation Period

2nd Tuesday of each month (Unavailable January and August).

Time Required

About 2 hours

Number of Participants



500 JPY– (tax included)

This experience program takes place inside Rinnoji Temple, a historic temple in Sendai City.

First of all, chant the “Heart Sutra” (“Hannya Shingyo”) in front of the principal object of worship. Then move to an area to do “shakyo” sutra copying. Using brush and ink, copy the Heart Sutra. You may not have enough time to finish writing, but is more important to remain quiet and calm then to finish writing. You also have the option to trace images of Buddha.

When you visit our temple, you can learn about the history of the Date clan and view temple gardens that have been restored after being destroyed by a fire. Rinnoji Temple also aids recovery efforts since the Great East Japan Earthquake through its forest-making program.

Experience Program NameBuddhist Sutra and Image Copying "Shakyo" & "Shabutsu"
Activity LocationRinnoji Temple
Time RequiredAbout 2 hours
Operation Period2nd Tuesday of each month (Unavailable January and August).
Start Time10:00
Minimum number of participants1people
Maximum number of participants5people
Important notes regarding participationParticipation is not allowed for visitors younger than elementary school students.
Elementary school students must be accompanied by a guardian to participate.
Buddhist Sutra and Image Copying ”Shakyo & “Shabutsu”500 JPY (Tax included)
What is included in the priceExperience fee, materials fee, equipment use fee.
Method of PaymentPlease pay by cash on the day (credit cards not accepted).
Cancellation PolicyThere is no cancellation fee.
Meeting Spot1-14-1 Kitayama, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 981-0931
Inside the main temple.
Meeting Time10:00
Access--By Public Transportation--
15-minute walk from Kitayama Station (JR train station or city subway station)

--By Car--
15-minute drive from Tohoku Expressway “Sendai Miyagi IC”
Room for approximately 80 cars. No reservation necessary. Free of charge.
Facility InformationRestroom.
Barrier-free AccessNo
About multi-lingual supportJapanese/English