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42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8035, Japan
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Shunkoin Temple Guest House
Ranked #12 of 233 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our daughter who lives in Japan booked this for us all for two nights in May when her dad and I were making our first ever visit to Japan. The three of us toured around a bit - she'd heard of this place otherwise we'd never have found it and what a gem it proved to be! We arrived in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had no idea what to expect but we were absolutely amazed. Just a few 100 m of the main road was a complex of ancient shrines, beautiful gardens and lakes. There is absolute tranquility and it feels like being in a different century! The rooms were exactly as expected, not luxury at all, very basic but the scenery is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were guests of Shunkoin Temple in June 2014. I would heartily recommend this place for anyone traveling in Kyoto who is wishing to experience Japan. The Shunkoin Temple is a part of a larger subtemple. The surrounding Temple and its compond feels a bit like stepping back in time- not like 21 Century Japan. The accomodations were clean, with... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed here for 1 night in September 2013. Personally, I would not stay here again as there was not much dining options in the area, there was not much bustle of nightlife and the sleep quality was just satisfactory. I would recommend it for those prioritising a unique and religious experience. There was a tour of... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

When I first knew about this Shunkoin Temple Guest House through tripadvisor, I knew I need to book a night or two there, and I did! The whole reservation process was painless (via email to the Reverend) and no credit card pre-payment was needed. Shunkoin temple is one of the many temples in the compound, which is only like a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

It was my husband's and my first trip to kyoto and we wanted to really get a feel for feudal japan. This place did not disappoint. Although the rooms are very simple with tatami mats, you get your own bathroom and a good amount of space to stretch out. Otherwise plain inside, the temple and surrounding area is the opposite!... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The lesson was simple 2 sets of 15-min meditation. The monk talks a little too long by repeating a few same messages, but that made me feel that he is not so commercial while nowadays a lot of monks in Kyoto are turned into businessmen. The garden and the temple itself are standard in terms of its size and design.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Place/Time: We visited Shunkoin Temple during the summer season, September 2013. We transfered to Hanazono station from Kyoto station. Walking 8 minutes to Myoshinji compound from Hanazono station, which has multiple temples. Shunkoin Temple is located 8 minutes from the Myoshinji entrance. Ambiance: Myoshinji compound has multiple temples towering throughout its vicinities. You will probably see students, locals, scarce tourist... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

LOCATION: It's important to know that the temple is based in the northwest of Kyoto - quite off the centre and away from Gion. However, I'd definitely recommend staying here for 1-2nights for two reasons: 1/ it's a great experience in a beautiful environment; 2/ it's 5mins away from the beautiful Ninnaji temple, Ryoanji temple and a short bus ride... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We only managed to get one night here, which was great because its a little far out of Kyoto central. But its close to Arashyama and the Golden Pavilion. It was clean, quite and comfortable. We also got to have the meditation class in the morning and that was a wonderful end to our stay. The people are also very... More

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Address: 42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8035, Japan
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
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Shunkoin Temple Guest House "Tetsuryu-Kutsu (the Cave of Enlightened Dragon)"This is the only temple accommodation in Kyoto which offers its services and Zen meditation class in English. Our temple accommodation facility has eight private rooms.Each guest room has a 14.6-suquare-meter bedroom with traditional tatami mats, in which 2 - 3 people can comfortably sleep. Each room also has its own shower room, toilet, heater and air conditioner.The facility has a shared kitchen and dining room. You can make tea, coffee, or basic meals there. The kitchen is equipped with a microwave, toaster, and basic appliances.Shunkoin is located in the center of the biggest temple complex in Kyoto so you can enjoy peace and silence even though you are still inside the city of Kyoto. Also, there are three UNESCO World Heritage sites (the Golden Pavilion, Ryoanji Temple, and Ninnaji Temple) near Shunkoin Temple. ... more   less 
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