Jikiden Reiki: Traditional Japanese Reiki

The Jikiden Reiki Institute is based in Kyoto, Japan. It is in the former family home of current head, Tadao Yamaguchi. These days it is an office, training centre and treatment clinic. The traditional Japanese style wooden house is a very appropriate setting for an authentic Japanese Reiki school.  Jikiden means 'directly taught' in Japanese.

This name was chosen by the founder of the School, Chiyoko Yamaguchi. It refers to her being taught Reiki by Dr Chujiro Hayashi. Doctor Hayashi was a prominent student of the founder - Mikao Usui.  Find out all about Jikiden Reiki and Japanese Reiki practice below.


About reiki - Mikao Usui Memorial Stone

Jikiden Reiki is unique as it has not been influenced by Western Reiki practice. It is it has a history of success helping people with chronic illness. Many people are discovering this amazing yet simple method to improve body and mind. Jikiden Reiki is a school of "Shinshin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho". This means the "Usui treatment method for improving body and mind". This is the original name for Usui's Reiki Method as described on his memorial stone in Sai Hoji, Tokyo, which was erected by his students.


The Jikiden Reiki Institute

The address is 92 Ayanokoji-Aburanokoji Nishiiru Shimogyo-ku Kyoto. Please don't just drop by - make an appointment. Also be aware that there may be no one that speaks English available full-time. It runs Reiki training seminars including in English sometimes. Other functions include supporting students and teachers of Jikiden Reiki. All Jikiden Reiki certificates of training are issued centrally from the head office in Kyoto. All Jikiden Reiki practitioners are therefore registered with the Jikiden Reiki Institute.

Okuden: Deeper Understanding of Reiki with Sensei Yamaguchi 2016

How Popular is Jikiden Reiki?

Jikiden Reiki is growing at a very fast rate. It has only been available outside of Japan since 2004. People learning about Jikiden Reiki are quickly discovering it's benefits, simplicity and effectiveness. It is currently practiced in at least 21 countries around the world and the number is increasing all the time. There are now hundreds of teachers worldwide.

What is Jikiden Reiki?

Sensei Usui explained that his Reiki is more of a practical treatment, rather than a spiritual discipline, although it could be considered a form of spiritual healing. So the emphasis is on treatment to improve your own body and mind and help others do the same. We try to live according to the 5 principles of created by Mikao Usui. The five principles of Reiki are regarded to be a key part of Reiki practice. Being kind to others is one of the 5 principles and the best way to do it is to give treatment. The Jikiden Reiki school has a 75 year history. Find out about Reiki history here.

How is Jikiden Reiki different to other styles of Reiki?

Jikiden Reiki has a different approach to other Usui Reiki schools outside of Japan. This reflects the difference in Japanese and Western thought and how much Reiki changed after leaving Japan. There is no reliance on formal hand positions. We teach and recognise the hand positions given to us by the founder Mikao Usui and Dr Hayashi used in Western Reiki. But the idea is not to rely on them. Beginners may not yet sense Reiki easily to begin with so hand positions are useful for them. They also covers areas you will frequently find problems.

Jikiden Reiki Practitioners cultivate their ability to search for “Byosen”. Byosen is a word unique to Reiki and refers to build ups of toxins in the body. The idea is to locate areas of byosen and treat those according to severity. But at the same time there is recommendation for a structured approach to treatment. Frequently, Jikiden Reiki treatments will vary each time according to the situation. The concept of Byosen is a unique feature of Usui Reiki and a key part of his teaching as important as the five principles (gokai).

About Jikiden Reiki Certification

All Jikiden Reiki training is accredited by the Jikiden Reiki Institute, Kyoto Jaan. All students are registered through their teacher. The head office issues the certificates to Jikiden Reiki teachers once applications are registered.  Once you have completed a Shoden course you are are able to join Jikiden Reiki any Jikiden Reiki events by any Jikiden Reiki teacher. The exception where they are intended for practitioners at higher levels.

Jikiden Reiki practitioners can repeat Shoden (level 1) training or progress to Okuden level or above as desired, there is no pressure or expectation to rise to shinpiden level and become a teacher. Jikiden Reiki members can repeat or advance their training with any teacher. Certificates are not issued for repeating training.  Repeating training is a part of becoming an assistant teacher and teacher (Shihan). It can otherwise help build experience and confidence. Fees apply for repeating training, but at a lower rate than the initial cost (no additional manual will be issued).


Jikiden Reiki students and teachers can attend events run by Jikiden Reiki Teacher (Shihan) or Assistant Teacher (Shihan Kaku) other than their own. Some meetings will only be open to people at higher levels. Events include Reiju MeetingsReiki shares and Jikiden Reiki Training some events are open to the public including reiki trial session.

The Jikiden Reiki World Congress

Jikiden Reiki has grown in popularity so much that it has started to run Jikiden Reiki World Congress events to support it's members. They are scheduled to take place every two years.  Please visit the official Jikiden Reiki World Congress Facebook Page for more information.

Second World Congress, Kyoto 2016

The First Jikiden Reiki World Congress Barcelona 2014

This was a good start to an ambitious and highly successful project and the second event is already being planned as you can see above. The event was attended by people from 21 different countries, The lineup included globally respected authorities  on Reiki and energy healing. There was a premiere of a 25 minute documentary made by Jikiden Reiki Shihan Gisela Stewart entitled "Hand Healing: Are You Serious". This will be made available to the public soon. Please come and join the next Jikiden Reiki World Congress in the home of Reiki - Kyoto, Japan. Get an insight into this event and the global Jikiden Reiki community with this video summary of the Jikiden Reiki World Congress in Barcelona 2014. Many thanks to Mari Okazaki in Canada for this.

jikiden reiki world congress 2016 flyer
World Congress 2016 Flyer