Once a flourishing center for international trade, Sakai was an independently-ruled city in medieval times. Medieval merchants made Sakai a place for international cultural exchange, and visitors can now experience a glimpse of the elegant world they lived in. Once a popular meeting place for merchants, local worshippers still gather at historic Myohoji Temple today.
Enjoy changing into traditional Japanese clothes in preparation for your visit to the golden main temple hall.
The head priest will regale you with the fascinating details of the rise of Japan’s unique brand of Buddhism, and with the fragrant smell of burning tea all around you, you will be treated to a special prayer, one that can only be performed by a priest who has undergone strict spiritual training.
After this unique tea prayer purification, you’ll be transported to a special area reminiscent of Sakai’s past.
Sen no Rikyu is known for his influence on the tea ceremony, particularly “Wabi Cha,” and called Sakai home during the medieval era. While viewing precious tea-related cultural artifacts, you’ll be treated to local tea along with a tea-packed meal by three of Sakai’s restaurants.
Spend a day of luxury in a temple, an important gathering place in medieval times, remembering and celebrating Sakai as a center for international cultural exchange in the period. Spend your day off as a Sakai merchant would have in the middle ages.