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|Japan is home to a number of unique sects of Buddhism. If you are interested in exploring the Buddhist faith, there are a number of opportunities. For example, Eigenji Temple in Eigenji, Shiga, offers a Zazen meditation demonstration and practice for visitors on the third Sunday of each month at 10 am. If you get there a little early and ask for "Zazen," they will know what you mean.
Although there are plenty of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan, it is more difficult to locate a place of worship for other religons. The following is a guide for followers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam who are interested in pursuing their faith while in Japan.
- St. Paul Catholic Church 077-526-0461
Mass at 9 am (May-Oct), 10 am (Nov-Apr) Fr. Kakino
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church 077-522-3987
Mass at 9 am on Sundays, 18:30 on Saturdays
Otsu Fukuin 077-579-4967
35-2 Hiroshidai 2 chome, Otsu. Mr. Takahiro Tanaka
Otsu Fukuin Jiyuu Kyoukai 077-579-3308
2-3-19 Karasaki, Otsu. Masatoshi Hamaoka
Emmanuel Otsu Church 077-524-3427
4-29 Suehiro-cho, Otsu. Yoshiko Nagai
Nihon Jesus Otsu Church 077-524-9105
2-10 Jingu-cho, Otsu. Nobuko Takaesu
Otsu Korean Pentecostal Church 077-525-4688
4-10-11 Chuo, Otsu. Mr. Kim
Assembly of God Otsu 077-537-7220
First Ishiyama Bldg. 202, 2-63 Awazu-cho, Otsu-shi
Otsu Bethel 077-526-4520
2-3-4 Karasaki 1 chome, Otsu. Eiichi Fukuyoshi
Otsu Baptist Church 077-22-0492
9-5 Kinoshita, Otsu. Eiichi Hamazaki
Otsu Kirisuto Fukuin Kyoukai 077-523-2751
3-151 Akibadai, Otsu. Akio Shikata
Otsu Fukuin Jiyuu Kyoukai 077-545-5370
4-1-26 Ichiriyama, Otsu. Ko Hayashi
Ishiyama Kirisuto 077-534-1520
12-3 Hiratsu 2 chome, Otsu. R. Owens
- Kusatsu Catholic Church 077-562-3510
Mass at 10 am, Sunday (English mass at 14:00 every 4th Sunday of the month) 10 minute walk from JR Kusatsu Station. Fr. Jackson
Kusatsu Kirisuto Kyoukai 077-564-6605
About a five minute walk from JR Kusatsu Station. 4-15-15 Nomura 4 chome, Kusatsu.
Tamagawa Kirisuto Kyoukai 077-566-2052 (Pentecostal)
1520-16 Minamigawa-cho, Kusatsu. Mr. Masafumi Kawara
- St. Joseph Catholic Church 0749-23-4611
Megumi Kirisuto Christian Center 0749-26-1839
602 Banchi, Gosanjo-cho, Hikone. Nakazawa, Hazui, Jennings.
- Nagahama Catholic Church 0749-62-1838
Mass at 10 am, Sunday.
Nagahama Kurisuto 0749-62-8019
721 Hachiman Nakayama-cho, Nagahama. Hiroshi Takahashi
Nagahama Junfukuin Kirisuto 0749-63-1231
122 Kanoshinmachi, Nagahama
- Kosei Kyoukai 0740-25-4796
1593 Warasono, Shinasahi. Toshifumi Ohuchi
- Yokaichi Kirisuto Fukuin 0748-22-4676
270-5 Tatebesakai-cho, Yokaichi. Ryuichi, Nakazawa, Tsuji.
Zion Kirisuto 0748-22-4623
4-10 Seitoku-cho, Yokaichi. Masaharu Nichiike
- Moriyama Kirisuto 077-583-2690
310-3 Ise-cho, Moriyama. Kenichi Sugitani
Moriyama Kirisuto Fukuin 077-583-2262
937-3 Moriyama-cho, Moriyama. Masami Ueda
- Yasu Fukuin Jiyuu Church 077-586-3024, 077-587-6276
900-17 Nagahara, Yasu. Osamu Nakahashi
- Ritto Kirisuto 077-553-1569
3-4-10 Tehara, Ritto, Kamizaki-gun. Toshio Nagasawa
- Kinomoto Kirisuto Kyoukai 0749-82-3035
1182 Kinomoto, Kinomoto-cho, Ika-gun. Kitamura
- SFDD, WEC, Hebron Bible Institute 0748-48-3035, 0748-48-4811
569 Banchi, Kondo, Gokasho-cho, Kanzaki-gun. Kitamura, White
- Minakuchi Kirisuto Fukuin 0748-62-5933
4-31 Kojogaoka, Minakuchi. E. Polke
- Hachiman Fukuin 0748-32-5650
488 Demachi-cho 3 chome, Omihachiman. Teruo Karaki
- Kosei Kirisuto Fukuin 0748-72-5081, 0748-74-2176
44-1 Chuo 1 chome, Kosei.
- Kumoi Kirisuto Fukuin 0748-83-0079
905 Maki, Shigaraki. Shigeo Morita
- Koka Kirisuto Fukuin
179-2 Sagami, Koka
|There is a "Church Information Service" which assists people in locating a church in their area. English speaking staff are available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 - 17:00. The phone number is 0424-94-2219. There is a nominal fee.
AJET members can also join the Christian Support Group. For more information visit their website or contact your local representitive.
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|JUDAISM IN KANSAI
|AJET provides a Jewish Network for information about Judaism in Japan. Fore more information contact your local AJET representative or visit their website. There are only two synagogues in Japan, one in Tokyo and the other in Kobe. For information about Judaism in the Kansai area, contact:
- Jewish Community of Kansai- Mr. Bruce Benson, Vice President
401 Bayview Mansion, 1-7-1 Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650.
Home Tel: 078-222-3950, Work: 07457-6-6601 ext. 287, Fax: 078-221-6188
Kosher food can be eaten at an Israeli restaurant in Kobe:
- Marakesh Restaurant
No. 12/12 Kitano-cho, 4 chome, Chuo-ku, Kobe
Work/ Restaurant Tel: 078-241-3440, Home: 078-593-9391
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|ISLAM IN KANSAI
- Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken Contact: 078-231-6060
Place: Kobe Mosque, 2-25-14 Nakayamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Language: Arabic (also translated into English)
15 minute walk from JR San-nomiya Station
- Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu Contact: Br. Budiarto (email@example.com)
Place: Osaka University, 2nd floor of the multipurpose building near Otsuka Canteen of Engineering Faculty
Time: From 12:30
20 minute walk from Kita Senri Station on the Hankyu Railway
- Wakayama-shi, Wakayama-ken Contact: Br. Zulfiqar bin Zainuddin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Place: Wakayama University Campus (please contact to confirm - Tel: 0734-27-3981)
Time: From 12:30
Bus from JR Wakayama Station
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