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I am traveling to Uji Kyoto Japan and I’m very interested in having a retreat involving Buddhism and teas, especially Matcha Green Tea. I want to get away maybe in a Temple and get the whole Zen experience.

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  • That question is about monthlong stays in all of Japan. Uji is a small town in Kyoto prefecture (not the city) famous as the home of the best, or at least most expensive, teas in Japan. – jpatokal Jan 9 at 1:32
  • @jpatokal OK, but there's no actual question in this post and the implicit question is an off-topic we-are-not-a-travel-agent. Is there much point reopening it just to close it for the correct reason? – David Richerby Jan 9 at 21:38
  • @DavidRicherby Travel.SE has a long tradition of "Can I do X in Y?" questions, which are not the same as shopping questions ("What's the best/cheapest X in Y"?). And the OP's question is pretty obvious, even though it's not grammatically phrased as one. Don't bite the newbies! – jpatokal Jan 9 at 22:39

I was not able to find any Zen temples in Uji that run any regular events, but apparently there is a Kyoto-based yoga instructor called Azusa Morishima who organizes occasional retreats at a "secret temple" there. Here's a Facebook post about a previous event, which sounds exactly like what you're looking for (experiencing a monk's life, tea sampling, overnight stay), and per this Instagram post, her next session will be on April 14, 2019.

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