Visit 1 – 2008
For the last few months the calling had been very strong, to pay a visit to Dr.Usui’s (he re-discovered Reiki) grave in Tokyo and Mt.Kurama near Kyoto where he received his enlightenment. Since it entailed a special trip to Japan from Singapore, the cost was high but with involvement in Reiki at an all time high, both in passion and profession, I had to do it. Finally on 13th October,2008 I flew to Japan.

Grave & Memorial in Tokyo
My first stop was Tokyo. Part of Dr.Usui’s remains are buried at a graveyard in Saiho-ji temple ( He is originally said to have been buried at another private site in Tokyo). There is also a memorial stone erected by some of his disciples in 1927. The inscription in Kanji on the stone speaks about Dr.Usui’s life in brief, especially about his achievements in the field of Reiki. Various Masters have travelled to this place before me and some translations of the inscription on the stone are available elsewhere. I had this translated with the help of Mr. Masahiro Ueda, a Japanese scholar student. The translation can be found on the page “Usui Memorial”. In a nutshell, the following emerges from various translations provided –

1. The inscription at the top says Reiho Choso Usui Sensei Kudoku No HI. This means Memorial of the Benevolent Usui Sensei, the founder of Reiho.
2. His common name was Mika-o and other name was Gyoho. He was born on 15th August, 1865.
3. In 1922 (this is as per another translation I read elsewhere) he went to Mt. Kurama to meditate and received Reiki. In my opinion, this was his “attunement” by nature.
4. He opened a Training Centre in Tokyo and became very popular.
5. In 1923 there was a devastating earthquake near/in Kanto region and Dr.Usui offered to help those devastated by this calamity.
6. A sudden illness struck him and he died on 9th March,

The following are the pics of the grave and memorial –

      Chiba family crest  in front of grave           Memorial  erected by his students

Mt. Kurama
From Tokyo, I travelled to Kyoto. From Kyoto’s Demachi-Yanagi station, I changed to Eizan Line which operates a two carriage train which travels through the suburbs of Kyoto before starting its short climb to Kurama through densely forested slopes. Kurama is merely half an hour train ride from the Demachi-Yanagi station.

My intention to travel to Mt.Kurama was two-fold : 1. To visit the place where Dr.Usui received his enlightenment. 2. To charge and rejuvenate myself

From what I have read from other masters’ travelogues, Usui and Reiki are relatively unknown in Japan and it is not known  where exactly Dr.Usui sat down to meditate. At the foot of the mountain, just as the climb begins, there is a little hut where a monk sits to collect the fee of 200 yen and hands out a leaflet showing map and brief history of the place. Language being an issue at most places, I just uttered the word “Reiki” and he asked me “Usui Sensei” ? I nodded and he pointed to a spot numbered 29 on the map. This place called Okunoin Mao-den, is the place where, according to history given in the leaflet, more than six million years ago, Mao-son the great king of the conquerors of evil and the spirit of the earth descended upon Mt.Kurama from Venus, with the great salvation of mankind. Since then, Mao-son’s powerful spirit governing the development and the evolution not only of mankind but all living things on earth have been emanating from Mt.Kurama.

      No.29 on the map – Mao-den             That’s me. Is this the same spot  ??

While climbing, I had noticed a Japanese lady walking behind me. Intuitively, I had felt a strange connection to her. It was at this place that I had instinctively looked up at the Sun to the East and had felt the energies to be of the highest quality. At one point I was lost in a wooded area and turned back to retrace my steps and to my surprise, she was again walking towards me from the opposite direction. I pointed to the map and asked her where I was and that I wanted to go to spot 29. She just said “come” and guided me all the way till we reached that place. Not only she led the way but every few metres she would stop and look back to make sure I was making good progress. After we reached the Mao-den, she offered some prayers, said good bye and went back. As I reflect on this incident I get the feeling that I was guided by Reiki energy when I was lost. The message I get from my angel guide is that it (the Japanese lady) was the last floating spirit of Dr.Usui.

The energies on Mt.Kurama are dense and uneven. I was not quite satisfied with that climb, so I returned the next day. This time, I did a leisurely climb, stopping at places where I felt the energy was great, to raise my hands up in the sky, asking the beautiful energies to come in, to destroy the accumulated negative energies.

The journey ends on another side of the mountain, in the mountain village of Kibune. From here I took the bus to Kibune station from where I took the train back to Demachi-Yanagi, Kyoto. Mt. Kurama is 12 kms north of Kyoto and 670 metres above sea level.

I returned to Singapore, satisfied, however, the feeling is strong that I must return again, to seek what I am looking for, not sure what.

For more pictures, please click here

I end this note with gratitude to the authors of all those web sites which have provided me details, maps etc. to enable me to successfully undertake this journey. This should help, if you are planning to travel to these places.

If any reader needs more information on the above, please feel free to write to me at

Visit 2 – 2009
Ever since that last visit in 2008, the urge had been very strong, to return to this wonderful birth place of Reiki, to seek more. In my Reiki I classes, whenever I narrated the story of Dr.Usui, especially the part about his meditating under a tree, his walking down the mountain at the end of his meditation…those images from my trip would come back vividly, rekindling the fire within, asking me to return soonest. And thus, following another calling, I returned to Japan.

My first visit was the memorial in Tokyo. Unlike my previous visit, when I was the sole visitor, this time, I met a group of 10 Reiki Masters from Canada. The chemistry was instantantaneous, that feeling to share very much there. I shared with them my discovery of the true symbol Sei He Ki and they gave me little gifts of incense and memento from Canada. We parted after a circle of light and an Om recital.

My visit to Mt.Kurama this time was indeed unique in more ways than one. The moment I stepped into the area where I had met the Japanese lady on my previous trip and had also sensed the great energies from the Sun (please read para 4 of my previous report above) I started chanting the Gayatri Mantra. It was as if a sensor had trigerred off this chanting. And this happened not only once but on the second day as well. One of the translations of Gayatri Mantra reads thus :

“O God, Thou art the giver of life, the remover of pain and sorrow, the bestower of happiness; O Creator of the Universe, may we receive Thy supreme sin-destroying light; may Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.”

Phew ! The message was so clear…isn’t that the underlying motive behind Reiki healing – to heal physical and emotional pain ? Isn’t that what Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen and and Sei He Ki, the two symbols taught to advanced Reiki practitioners mean ?

Looking back in life, 11th and 12th May 2001 was my first participation as a Reiki Master at the Holistic Fair in Singapore, my first exposure to the holistic community as a professional. And it was  here that I was drawn to chantings of the Gayatri Mantra beacause a neighbour stall was playing this CD. Strange but true…the Gayatri Mantra does indeed carry a message for me in my chosen path. The journey of exploration continues..

I moved on to Mao-Den the place on Kurama where Dr. Usui is said to have meditated and received his Reiki powers. My instincts and angel guides this time led me to believe that the tree pictured below was the one underneath which, Dr. Usui meditated for 21 days. I could be wrong, but I think I am right. This place is to the left of the temple if you are facing it.The tree in the centre

the tree

And then, I started walking down the mountain. (As the story goes, after he had received his light, he decided to stop the meditation, to break his fast and he started walking down the mountain in search of food. He found a way side stall selling breakfast…) As I came down to Kibune village, I crossed the street and entered a little cafe. An old lady lovingly served me a delicious cup of coffee and a little rice cake. I took a picture of hers, but surprisingly, as I transferred the pics to my PC, that picture has gone missing. Was that the same cafe where Dr. Usui broke his fast ? Mystery unfolds further … read my account of Visit 3 – 2011 below.

Visit 3 – 2011
While the calling was there for a long time, to return, this was perhaps an opportune moment as I was able to make a stopover in Japan en route from USA to Singapore.

I dedicated my book “Reiki Symbols – A Revelation” to the Great Master at two places – 1) His memorial in Tokyo and 2) The exact place where I believe he meditated on Mt.Kurama and received his enlightenment (he saw those symbols, he had seen in the Tibetan scriptures, come to him like bubbles of light, and with a flash and thunder, they burnt into his memory…as the story goes) .

In my earlier episodes, I have mentioned a spot where, I’ve had some interesting experiences, of meeting that  mysterious lady, of soaking in the energy from the Sun and recital of Gayatri mantra. On this visit too, the humming of the Gayatri Mantra started, the moment I reached this spot. I have tried to capture this spot on print. It is in the centre of the picture, near the fence in the foreground.

                                                         The spot where I had mysterious experiences

At this place, I moved my gaze from the Sun and looked straight ahead up the path, and I had wonderful visions of transparent, bubble-like figures of various saints and deities against the backdrop of the trees. This place is shown in the picture below :

        The path ahead

I once again paid a visit to the same coffee shop, where in my opinion Dr. Usui had stopped to break his fast. In my report of the second visit in 2009, I have mentioned about my strange encounter with a lady who served me coffee but did not appear in print. In fact, as mentioned earlier, that picture has gone missing. This time, when I knocked at the door, the door quietly opened, but there was nobody inside. I looked around, shouted, but nobody turned up. The lights were off, the crockery was neatly arranged on a wall cabinet and the furniture in its place. I returned the next day, and again I found the place devoid of any life. This place continues to be a mystery to me. Here are the pics of the exterior and the interior.

The Coffee Shop

The interior of the Coffee Shop

While doing the climb on the second day, I received a very clear message that I must return to make a video documentary of the entire journey covering the Memorial in Tokyo and the climb up Mt. Kurama in Kyoto. The message further said that this video should be made available to all Reiki channels and others because not every body is fortunate to make this trip. However, to cover the expenses and to maintain the principle of gratitude, the video should be made available against donations. Part proceeds of theses donations would be used for charity – to make healing available to the poor at no cost.

I will return, to make this a possibility, at the earliest opportunity.


37 Responses to “Usui Pilgrimage”

  1. 1 Ushma Nagri
    October 25, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing your fascinating experience.
    Your experience, pictures and Dr. James Deacon’s e-book will add to my knowledge of reiki and to others as well.
    Reading it has entralled me.
    Best Wishes,

  2. 2 jeff tan
    October 27, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Guru Parag,
    Thank you so much for your detailed narration of your experience to Mt.Kurama and Dr Usui burial place and monument.All the valuable informatioins will enriched my knowledge of Reiki and spur me to furthering my practices.You are a Great Master and I am very fortunate to train under you.Best rgds.jeff tan

  3. 3 Davi Komaran
    October 28, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Dear Master Parag,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Hope I can join you in the next trip.

    You are a great teacher, and have taught and guide me well.

    Warmest Regards,


    • 4 Sarah Zeeb
      February 14, 2020 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story and experiences with all of us. I am currently a student of Reiki and this resonated with me to my core. This is already on my places to visit while in Japan, but I will be spending extra time there now. Thank you again for sharing.

  4. 6 Ina Hammer
    October 28, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Dearest Parag,

    Wow – how fascinating. I am so glad you were able to follow your calling and thank you for sharing it all with us.

    Much love always, Ina

  5. 7 Ms Thean
    October 28, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Mr Parag
    You are a great teacher and you are so blessed to visit the sacred place, Dr.Usui’s burial place and memorial. Thank you for sharing your experience and connecting us to the sacred place thru the photographs.

    Best Regards
    Ms Thean

  6. 8 Dinesh K JANI
    October 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Dear Shree Parag Bhai
    read about your visit to rekie origin site in japan
    it seems to me that the lady who guided you is the power of rekie sent to guide you to be sure at the site 29-from where the rekie is re-invented and given to the people of this ailing world through the man -who became master like YOU
    i salute and wish you very grand stages of achievements in your devine field
    greater then the great
    best wishe for our DIWALI and HAPPY NEW YEAR
    this time-do not forget to meet me while you are in india-at ahmedabad
    take care
    Dinesh k jani
    london-harrow-kent-in england
    fortworth-tx in US

  7. October 29, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Master Parag

    You are one who is known to follow your heart in many things you do. I have posted a link to your article in my blog so that my readers can too enjoy your interesting pilgrimage. I will be following up on what happens in the next few months, as the time I spent with you in Reiki often lead to interesting and enlightening results.


  8. 10 Choon
    November 4, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Dear Master Parag

    Thank you for the interesting report. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It is indeed very enriching.

    May your wish come true for your next trip.

    Best regards

  9. 11 vibha Brahma
    November 22, 2008 at 11:41 am

    This could be a wonderful report for all who are interested in Usui Reiki.All pics are very interesting and give a clear feel of the pilgrimage. I wish you all the best for your next visit . Thanks for sharing this experience with us.

  10. January 4, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Hi Parag: Amazing experience indeed. It must have been enriching based on what you described. May you always get to visit the places you wish! 😉

  11. 13 girish
    April 8, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    our blessings r with u, dear

  12. 14 karasi
    June 11, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Dear Parag
    thank you for sharing wiht us about your trip. It is so well written that I feel I am seeing and feeling through your eyes and senses.
    Om shanti

  13. 15 Davi Komaran
    June 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Namaste Master Parag,

    This second trip, is another eye opening for me on Reiki and its energy surrounding Mt. Kurama, very inspiring write up. Hope that one day i can follow you there.

    I believe that “Usui Sensei” strong energy is still there, hope i can experience what you, have gone true.

    I shall put my intention on Reiki Energy and hopefully we can follow you the next time.

    Many thanks Master Parag again for sharing your experiences with us your students.

    Warmest regards,


  14. 16 Vibha
    June 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    So you followed your heart and visited Mt.Kurama again. Like your first one, second visit is also fruitful to you and to others. That Lady who ever she was, her presence proves that Divine Angels are always there to help when you need help. Strong faith gets you quick help, this is what your story says.Let us remain connected in safest chain of Reiki. Bests,Villa.

  15. 17 vibha Brahma
    March 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    A detailed report of your 3rd visit to Mt. kurama is a real treat to my eyes , mind and heart. I am sure that it is so with every Reiki lover. After reading this and seeing photographs I really wish I could join you to this holy pilgrimage one day. Photo are full of energy and light. thanks for sharing this with us.
    Bests, villa

  16. 18 shailaja Pangam
    March 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Dear Parag

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. Your vivid discriptions helped us experience the journey thru your travelouge.

    best wishes for your next trip.



  17. 19 Ushma Nagri Shah
    March 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Reading about your trip and other healing experiences is always intriguing. The place definiely must be having strong positive vibrations as you felt the humming of Gayatri MAntra twice.
    I wish you ALL THE BEST for your next trip and for making the documentary.
    Thank You Master Parag for sharing such wonderful experience. I do not know if i will ever visit Mt. Kurama, but through your visits and reading about them, i feel very satisfied and peaceful.
    With Great Respect,

  18. 20 Catherine
    March 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    very beautiful Parag,
    thank you for sharing, brought back so many lovely memories, how blessed we are.

  19. 21 Linda
    April 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Many thanks for sharing your experience in a loving and light filled manner. may your next trip be successful.

  20. April 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Dear Master Parag,
    Thank you for your most informative, sharing. There is so much mystery around Dr Usui and the story or Reiki. I am so excited to be able to share this with my students. I qualified in South Africa in 2002 and am doing my first workshop this week. 2 children later, thanks to reiki of course…..
    I would like to ask your permission to post this article on The Reiki Jin Kei Do website?
    with warm Reiki energy

  21. 23 Krupali J Desai
    April 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Dear Master Parag,

    Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences, i was trilled to look at the pictures where Dr. Usui meditated & received enlightment.

    Luv & Light,
    Krupali J Desai

  22. 24 Mairead
    August 16, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Thank you for sharing – It is very meaningful to see photographs of where Dr. Usai once walked and is remembered.

  23. October 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    What a lovely story, Reiki is life.

  24. January 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Dear Parag,

    I have only just found your story,it is very moving. I started my Reiki journey 8 years ago,I now am a Master/Teacher,life is continual learning,how lucky we all are to be attuned to Reiki. We were in Singapore last year visiting friends,I will be in touch,if we are able to come back.It is wonderfull to see your pictures and read your account of your visits…you were meant to spread your knowledge of those experiences. My beloved Husband ,Jon Fleming has just been diagnosed with a Malignant Melanoma,2nd brush with Cancer in 4.5 years,so it is a testing time for us,please could you send Reiki to him? Namaste,Alison Fleming

    • 28 Parag Pattani
      March 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Hello Alison

      Thanks for writing. I wish your husband speedy recovery. I shall be at the Mind Body Spirit Festival, London in May/June. Hope to see you then. Please do check out my book “Reiki Symbols – A Revelation”. The details are on my website.


  25. April 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Dear Parag, your sharing is wonderful, however I like to make one remark: When I was in 1995 at the grave of Mikao Usui Sensei, I had to promis the spiritual guide from Usui Gakkai that I never would make pictures from the grave, nor publish about. I was allowed to speak about it and to pass it on in an honorable way in my teachings as an oral tradition, because making pictures from a grave and publishing them was seen by the Japanese Usui Gakkai and spiritual students as very disrespectful. To do so was a violation of the Japanese Culture. I know now a days many people do so, but I see you as a respectful Reiki-Student and would like to share this with you.

  26. 30 Mary Goslen
    May 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing your unusual and inspirational journey. Your report is a treasure for those of us who may never have the opportunity to visit the sacred mountain where Dr. Usui received Satori. Many Blessings to you. Reiki will lead, guide, direct and protect you and others on your journey to Satori or “enlightenment.” It is my impression that the journey continues after leaving this world. Shanti, Mary Goslen

  27. July 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    thank you. and the power of prayer during the journey.

  28. 32 Annette MacFarlane-Smith
    September 21, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Thank you for sharing your spiritual experience! Your experience has inspired me to pursue more studies and research of Usui Reiki.

  29. 33 Carol Anne
    August 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Lovely to read of your experiences, hope to visit Japan one day to complete my Reiki experience,
    Carol . Reiki Master Teacher, Wales.

  30. August 11, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Dear Master Parag,

    This is an amazing and inspiring experience report, I really would like to thank you for sharing it. It motivates me to go deeper in Reiki culture and learn every day a little more.

  31. 35 Punyabrata Sen
    April 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Dear Parag Bhai

    I am very new to Reiki and have just started my 21 day saadhana. I have been introduced to Reiki after a Near Death Experience (NDE) in October 2015.

    We have planned a trip to Japan startin 11 June 2016. I will be extremely grateful if you could guide me to the Dr. Usui Sensei Memorial in Tokyo as well as in Kyoto.

    Awaiting your reply


  32. 36 baskar
    July 25, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    very very excellent, one day i will also visit this holy place , if i am lucky

  33. 37 B. Sangeetha
    April 11, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Dear Paragji,

    Really i had a true experience of the journey you narrated. I am having a strong desire to visit those places. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences. You are blessed. Can be in touch as a light workers.

    Love and Light,
    B. Sangeetha, Hyderabad, India.

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