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Shunkoin Temple Guest House

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42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is usually booked far in advance, we were lucky to have secured a room booking. Takafumi (the person in charge of the temple) is a very wise and friendly man. Please do not miss the Zen class, it is truly enlightening and definitely different from what you expect. This accommodation will give any hotel a run for its... More 

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for 10 days in November 2015. I was with a group for much of it. The room was spacious if spare, with tatami mat floor, futon bed (I got an extra duvet to soften it up a bit) and used my airline pillow for a softer, smoother pillow. Full bath with good shower, good heater. I used the... More 

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This temple is one of many located in the area. The area, called "Myoshinji" is a temple complex, meaning that there are many temples located within. There a many difference places to stay on the Shunkoin temple grounds. The building I stayed in housed 5 people with a divider placed between so that 3 beds were in one "room" and... More 

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Nottingham UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

My partner and I stayed here for one night in May 2015. The temple, and the others in the complex, are truly awe inspiring buildings and the complex was so peaceful and quiet. We checked in very easily and the member of staff checking us in was very friendly and polite. She said that I spoke Japanese very naturally, which... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Quite a simple Temple stay in Kyoto (a short walk from Hanazono Station). Rooms are simple and clean. In the morning there is meditation however it is with an American/Japanese monk, so it loses its true authentic feeling. In saying that learnings are easy to understand and very relevant in today's world. Enjoy.

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Instead of throwing your money away in this place please give it to charity or help people in need inside your community. Buddha would appreciate it more. I am a well experienced traveler and have visited diverse Buddhist temples in Japan and around the globe. This was by far the worst experience I ever had and Mr, Tawakami has ruined... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

I heard that there is a zen meditation class in English. As I was interested how to dictate zen mind to foreign visitors so I joined the class. Buddhism monk told us practical tips for our daily life related to zen. How zen established was interested to me. Thinking about physical mechanism, zen relaxation is useful to reduce stressful life.... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

this is nice accommodation in one of the world's great cities. but a real feeling temple stay it is not. we were only allowed in the garden as part of the temple tour. the meditation class/temple tour was good but added to the distant and chilly feeling that we had gotten from staff all week. the rooms are great, location... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The temple rooms have been refurbished and they are very nice. We had a full bath in our room. If you want to get away from city life this is great. It is in northern Kyoto and away from the beaten path. They also provide bikes so you can visit nearby temples. We took the meditation class the next morning... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

My partner and I visited Shunkoin Guest House in January 2014 and it was by far the highlight of the trip. We arrive at the Temple after a few days in Kyoto and a few days in Tokyo and were excited to experience some authentic Japanese zen. The Temple was easy to get to from the train (we loved walking... More 

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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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