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.
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.
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
Open to both practitioners and tourists alike, this temple offers a peaceful environment in a buddhist atmosphere.
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.
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
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.
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.
Address: 964 Higashikawaracho, Higashioji-7-josagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0951
When searching for temple lodgings in Kyoto, look no further than these beautiful and accommodating locations to find inner peace.
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