about us

Since 1998, Rinzai Hakone Zendo has offered an ideal environment for students to come and practice authentic Rinzai-Zen under guidance of our teacher Rev. Enyu Ito in San Jose, CA area.  Our zazen class is offered at  the Upper House which sits on the slope of the Moon Viewing Hill at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA.  The house offers a place of quiet retreat in the garden.
* Rinzai Hakone Zendo is not affiliated with Hakone Gardens in Saratoga CA.


   Rev. Enyu Ito
  • Founder of Rinzai Hakone Zendo
  • Buddhist priesthood received at Honganji Temple, Kyoto Japan
  • 1996 Blessed with the master’s license from Honganji
  • Teaching Zen at Rinzai Hakone Zen-Do since 1998.
  • Link to his Biography

   Rev Shingetsu Meido (Ann Rice)
  • Assistant to Rev.Enyu Ito
  • Soto training 2010 to present at Middle Way Zen and San Francisco Zen Center.
  • Ordination as Soto priest June 2016