Shōganji Zen Retreat Deposit Payment:

  1. Enter PayPal secure payment platform by clicking CONFIRM YOUR STAY button below.
    2. Select the correct number of nights you plan to stay times the number of guests attending.
    3. Follow the prompts and enter your payment information.

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Essential Booking Information

  • 5 night minimum stay requirement for all guests. *

  • 30-night maximum stay. Longer stays considered upon request*

  • OFF-Site Activities are optional and may involve additional cost. *

  • Payments of balance are generally made in cash once at the retreat. *

  • Rates shown are for ONE GUEST, not one room. There is no reduction in cost if you choose to share a room. *

* For additional explanation of these points see our FAQ section.

Rooms are always private in the sense that we never put strangers together in the same room. Although you do have the option to share a room with your travel companion(s) if you choose.

Limitation of Liability: By booking a stay at Shōganji Zen Retreat and choosing to stay at Shōganji Zen Retreat you agree to and consent to the Zen Retreat Waiver of Liability.

Refunds or Changes to booking: Deposits are non-refundable and are limited to the dates confirmed at the time of the deposit. We try our best to accommodate necessary changes to your itinerary or modifications to your travel plans, however we cannot guarantee that your preferred dates, should you request a change, will be available. 

Once Your Stay is Confirmed please read and print the following page:  Arrival Day at the Retreat.  It is also a good idea to read: Guest Orientation.

Enjoy your stay!

Shōganji Zen Retreat nightly rate: JPY 8,500

Y8,500 per night / per person / 2 delicious meals a day included / 5-night minimum stay.
(convert 8,500 Japanese Yen to $USD  $AUD  EURO   $CDN)

Deposit is Y1000 per night or 11.76% of total stay cost.  There are no additional fees or taxes.

Before making your deposit payment, please be sure that you have followed all the steps on the 'Book Your Stay' page of the Zen Retreat website. Please direct all inquiries here:

The balance due should be paid directly to the retreat
in cash, in person, at the time of your stay. Please do not pay it in advance. See the chart below for exact amounts corresponding to the length of your stay. Common questions regarding our payment policies are also answered below.

Payment Chart

# of nights     -    total cost   -    deposit    -   balance due
5 nights stay      Y 42,500        Y 5,000        Y 37,500
6 nights stay      Y 51,000         Y 6,000       Y 45,000
7 nights stay      Y 59,500         Y 7,000        Y 52,500
8 nights stay      Y 68,000         Y 8,000       Y 60,000
9 nights stay      Y 76,500         Y 9,000       Y 67,500
10 night stay       Y 85,000         Y10,000      Y 75,000
11 night stay        Y 93,500         Y11,000        Y 82,500
12 night stay       Y102,000        Y12,000       Y 90,000
13 night stay       Y110,500         Y13,000       Y 97,000
14 night stay       Y119,000         Y14,000       Y105,000
15 night stay      Y127,500         Y15,000       Y112,500
16 night stay      Y136,000         Y16,000       Y120,000
17 night stay      Y144,500         Y17,000       Y127,500
18 night stay      Y153,000         Y18,000      Y135,000
19 night stay      Y161,500         Y19,000       Y142,500
20 night stay     Y170,000         Y20,000     Y150,000
21 night stay      Y178,500         Y21,000       Y157,500
22 night stay     Y187,000         Y22,000       Y165,000
23 night stay     Y195,500         Y23,000       Y172,500
24 night stay     Y204,000         Y24,000      Y180,000
25 night stay     Y212,500         Y25,000      Y187,500
26 night stay     Y221,000         Y26,000      Y195,000
27 night stay     Y229,500         Y27,000      Y202,500
28 night stay     Y238,000         Y28,000      Y210,000
29 night stay     Y246,500         Y29,000      Y217,500
30 night stay     Y255,000         Y30,000      Y225,000

Common Questions about Zen Retreat payment policies

Q: Paying The Balance In Full: When do I pay the balance of my stay? Do I need to pay the whole balance in cash on arrival?

A: We suggest that you make some substantial part of your payment in Japanese cash on arrival, but you can pay the rest as you go, at any time during your stay. We're happy to help get you to an ATM when you need one. Just ask. We'll make it happen.

(USE the chart above to determine the exact balance due at the time of your stay.)


Q: Paying In Foreign Currency: Do you accept payment in dollars or other foreign currency?

A: We definitely prefer Japanese Yen, in cash, as payment, however, foreign currency can be exchanged at a nearby bank, or you can simply withdraw Yen at an ATM. We suggest that if you need to exchange foreign currency, that you do so in Oita or Fukuoka, not at a smaller bank near the retreat. You will get much better and faster service.


Q: Paying Your Balance in YEN: Where can I obtain Japanese Yen to make payment for my stay?

A:  "International" ATMs can be found at Post offices and some other locations, where you can easily use most foreign debit cards and major credit cards to withdraw Japanese currency. Jiho can easily drive you to one of these machines if necessary. For stays of more than a few days, please take your daily or weekly withdrawal limits into account when planning your payment(s).


Q: Full Payment In Cash: Why do you prefer payments in cash (Japanese Yen)?

A:  Two reasons: 1) Temples in Japan traditionally receive payments and donations in cash.  2) The retreat is a micro-business with a very personal touch and a small number of guests.  Cash keeps things simple for us and lowers costs for everyone.


Q: Electronic/Online Payments In Full: What if I absolutely need to make full payment for my stay in advance; electronically, or by credit card? (For example; if someone else who will not be attending will be paying for your stay such as a parent, employer, or family member.)

A:  We understand that electronic prepayment may sometimes be necessary.
The only option offered at this time is PayPal to
You must request permission in writing before making full payment for your stay by PayPal. Please pay in Japanese Yen by selecting the correct currency on PayPal. Do not pay in other currency as the conversion will be imprecise. PayPal charges us extra fees and these fees will be passed on to you. Please ask us beforehand and we will let you know your total with the additional fees added.

Alternately, we could accept an international money order or certified cheque, but these forms of payment must be completely cleared by the source financial institution before your stay begins.


See our complete list of Common Questions and Answers about the retreat.