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

Approximately 2 hours

Number of Participants



500 JPY– (tax included)

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

In addition to the activities, you’ll be able to experience the history of the Date clan, view gardens that have been restored after being destroyed by a fire, and learn of the process which led Rinnoji Temple to aid recovery efforts through its forest-making program.

Experience Program NameBuddhist Sutra and Image Copying "Shakyo" & "Shabutsu"
Activity LocationRinnoji Temple
Operator NameRinnoji Temple
Telephone Number022-234-5327
Time RequiredApproximately 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, materitals fee, equipement usuage 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
AccessAbout a 15 minute walk from Kitayama Station (JR train station or city subway station)

About 15 minutes 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