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Best Rated Temple Lodgings in Kyoto


Temple Lodging in Kyoto

Looking to add a touch of zen tranquility to your trip to Japan? Stay at a shukubo (literally”priest’s lodgings” ) to experience a side of Japan rarely seen through foreign eyes. Tucked away in the rural areas of Kyoto you’ll find a number of temples ready to accommodate travelers. These temple lodgings in Kyoto were originally meant to accommodate traveling monks and priests but are now open to the general public reasonable prices.

Shunkoin Temple Guest House

The prayer room at Shunkoin Temple Guest House offers peace and tranquility. Photo by Shunkoin Temple Guest House Management www.shunkoin.com

The prayer room at Shunkoin Temple Guest House offers peace and tranquility.
Photo by Shunkoin Temple Guest House Management

For just ¥4,000-¥5,000 a night, you can stay at this beautiful complex. Rev. Kawakami even offers guided meditations in English several times a day. Tours of the temple are also available. Surprisingly, rooms also provide wifi and access to a shared kitchen area.

Shunkoin Temple Guest House welcomes foreign guests to experience zen meditation and temple life. Photo by Shunkoin Temple Guest House Management www.shunkoin.com

Shunkoin Temple Guest House welcomes foreign guests to experience zen meditation and temple life.
Photo by Shunkoin Temple Guest House Management

Additional information: Both private and shared accommodation is available. If you’d prefer your own toilet and wash area, be sure to request one of the two private rooms. Book well in advance especially during busy seasons.

Address: 42 Myoshinji-Cho, Hanzono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Phone:03-4510-0298

Website: www.shunkoin.com

Taizo-in

Open to both practitioners and tourists alike, this temple offers a peaceful environment in a buddhist atmosphere.

Many of the photos found on Taiso-in's website have been taken but their monks.

Many of the photos found on Taiso-in’s website have been taken but their monks.

They have English speaking staff and an English website, making booking simple and accessible for the DIY traveller.  This temple was originally established in 1404 and is open all year round! At Taizo-in, meditation classes are offered for ¥2000. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony is also performed.

Japanese calligraphy classes are offered. photo by Akihito Yoshida

Japanese calligraphy classes are offered.
photo by Akihito Yoshida

Additional information: Reservations are required. Calligraphy classes are also offered on site. Only cash payments are accepted.

Address: 35, Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Japan

Phone: : 075-463-2855

Website: www.taizoin.com

Chishakuin-kaikan

Located near the famous Kiomizu-dera, Chishakuin-kaikan is another popular temple to stay at in Kyoto. This temple offers multi-course Buddhist meals featuring tofu and local, seasonal vegetables. Please note, some temple lodgings in Kyoto may not offer meal services.

Buddhist style vegetarian meals are available for breakfast and dinner. This photo of Chishakuin Kaikan is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Buddhist style vegetarian meals are available for breakfast and dinner.
This photo of Chishakuin Kaikan is courtesy of TripAdvisor

One of the unique features of this temples is that guests are invited to participate in the morning ceremonies with the buddhist monks. The monks may then offer you a tour of the temple grounds and garden. This is a service offered only to those who stay at the temple.

Chishakuin offers breathtaking views of their Japanese style gardens. Photo found at http://www.chisan.or.jp/

Chishakuin offers breathtaking views of their Japanese style gardens.
Photo found at http://www.chisan.or.jp/

Address: 964 Higashikawaracho, Higashioji-7-josagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0951

Website: http://www.chisan.or.jp/english/

When searching for temple lodgings in Kyoto, look no further than these beautiful and accommodating locations to find inner peace.

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