Ryumonji Zen Monastery
2452 Ryumon Road
Dorchester, IA 52140
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From the north:
From Minneapolis come south on highway 55 and 52. When highway 52 turns to Decorah, IA continue straight ahead on highway 44. After Spring Grove, MN and before Caledonia, MN turn right (south) on highway 76. Take highway 76 south for 13.5 miles to Co. Rd. A 26 (Bear Creek Dr). Turn right and go 3.4 miles to Ryumon Rd. Turn left on Ryumon Road and come up the hill. Turn right toward the top of the hill to the parking area and new monastery buildings.
From the south:
Take highway 76 north from Waukon, Iowa and proceed about 12 miles to A 26 (Bear Creek Dr). Turn left on A 26 and go 3.4 miles to Ryumon Rd and turn left. Come up the hill and take the first right leading to the parking area and new monastery buildings.
From Decorah, Iowa:
Take Co Rd. W 38 (Locust Road) north out of Decorah. W 38 is at the Casey’s Service Station after crossing the Upper Iowa River. Proceed northeast on W 38 to Big Canoe Road (A 26). (At the stop sign)(Rock school house). Turn right and proceed east on Big Canoe Rd. (County Road A 26). Continue on A 26 for about 8 miles until you see Ryumon Rd. to your right.
An alternate route is to take highway 9 east from Decorah to Waukon, Iowa. Turn left (north) on highway 76. Proceed 12 miles to County Road A26 (Bear Creek Dr). Turn left (west) 3.4 miles to Ryumon Rd and turn left. Come up the hill and take the first right leading to the parking area and new monastery buildings.
By Air and Train:
The nearest major airport is Minneapolis, MN (MSP). There is a small airport at LaCrosse, WI. Also Amtrak has a station in LaCrosse, WI (LSE). The only bus transportation to Decorah is a Rochester Express shuttle van that runs between Minneapolis Airport to Rochester, MN and then another connection to Decorah, IA or LaCrosse, WI.