We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shakyo Sutra Copying Experience at Monk Bar in Tokyo

Select Date and Travellers
US$ 50.76
2 travellers
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Low Price GuaranteeNo Booking Fees
What to Expect
Make your way to Vows Bar on the second floor of World Kaikan Building, one of the oldest building in the area, located within 5 minutes' walk from Nakano Station on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the priest who opened this monk bar in 2004 after a turbulent career as a businessman fraught with numerous setbacks. 

Once settled, you'll learn about the long-standing tradition of shakyo from the priest and do some practice, then set about hand copying sutras. Take your time and put your heart into every stroke of the brush to find peace of mind. You don't have to worry even if you have no prior experience in calligraphy, as the priest will walk you through every step of the way.

After the shakyo experience, engage in a fun conversation with the priest over a glass of sake or cocktail. As his life has been full of ups and downs, the priest has a lot of interesting stories to share as well as valuable life advice. The whole session ends at 7 pm, but If you wish to stay around for a bit longer and enjoy a few more drinks, feel free to do so at additional charge.
Show More
Important Information
Departure Point
Vows Bar in Nakano Ward, Tokyo
Departure Time
From 5pm to 7pm,
  • Instructor(Priest of Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism)
  • Calligraphy equipment
  • One free drink
  • Tax
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • You will be charged separately in the case that you stay at the bar after the session has finished.
Show More
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The minimum age requirement is 10. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • We can't extend the session beyond the scheduled end time (7 pm) even in the case of a late arrival, so please make sure to arrive on time.
  • Upon arrival, please show the booking confirmation email or webpage to the staff.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Key Details
  • eight one management co.
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English, Japanese
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:000-0800-100-6999