Shōganji Zen Retreat

Experience authentic Zen temple life in rural Japan

Contact Us

We strongly recommend you familiarize yourself with the entire website before contacting us. Most topics and common questions are covered somewhere within the website. This helps us a lot! Thank you!


2017: One guest, Dec 12 – 17!


This year, exceptionally, the retreat re-opens Feb 25!
We have availability starting Feb 25 and onward…

Confirm your stay now to avoid disappointment!


Primary email address for applications, confirmations, general inquiries:

It is essential to confirm your dates of stay in advance and submit the completed APPLICATION by email.  Once your stay is confirmed please read and print the following page: Arrival Day at The Retreat.

For pickup or assistance once you are in Japan please call Jiho at:
097 575 2150 or 090 9496 0648
(please do not call for general information if you are overseas, please email us instead!)

Our mailing address at Zen Retreat is:

Shōganji Zen Temple,
Jiho Kongo,
269 Shūki
Ōita-shi, Ōita-ken,
879-2115, JAPAN


Spring bamboo shoots harvested in the backyard at the retreat.


Primary email address:


Alternate contact information:
Please do not use these for general retreat inquiries!
Use the main email above!

Alternate contact email for site administrator:
Contact Jiho Kongo, monk and retreat owner:


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