Learn about the fundamentals of Zen Buddhism at Tokozenji in Yokohama.
Zen Buddhism came to Japan from China in the 12th century, brought by scholar-monk Myoan Eisai, who traveled to China in 1168. Zen practitioners strive for enlightenment through training, which includes zazen (seated meditation) and other mindfulness activities. Buddhism, whether overtly or subtly, is a cornerstone of Japanese culture and permeates much of life. And one place you can learn more about Buddhism is at Tokozenji, one of the oldest Zen Rinzai sect temples in Japan, established around the year 1200. Located in Yokohama, the temple originally stood in adjacent Kamakura but was moved to its present location in the 1400s. Dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha, the temple is a place to heal and pray for health.