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Shunkoin Temple Guest House

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42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
Shunkoin Temple Guest House
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at the temple for one night - we would have stayed longer but they were booked up (book in advance!). The temple is part of a large complex, an easy 10 minutes on a JR line from central Kyoto. As others have said it is worth orientating yourself before you head off from the station, use the south... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I only stayed here one night, it was a bit difficult to find the temple but once there you realise it is only a 10-15 min walk from the station. I recommend taking a map with you beforehand to save time. The staff were very accommodating and welcoming. I left my scarf in a local restaurant during my stay (Rakuraku-... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

After spending two days in central Kyoto seeing the sites, we took ourselves a bit outside of the city to check out this well regarded temple stay. The location is was not what could be called central or highly convenient, which is why we chose a more central hotel for the bulk of our stay but it is certainly close... More 

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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Located just outside Kyoto -- short well marked walk from the Hanazono JR station -- this is a simple but exceptionally well run temple stay. The rooms are large by Japanese standards, there is no food service on site, but the real beauty here is staying in the temple grounds. Do not miss the meditation session run every morning for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I went to Shunkoin temple guest house for a couple of days during my summer break while traveling around Japan. I wanted to have a place to stay, while still experiencing some Japanese culture, old and new. This temple guest house provides exactly that. The staff are EXTREMELY friendly. They were willing to help us out with anything we needed.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We spent a cold February night at the temple guest house, our next to last night in Japan. The room was warm simple and unadorned with futons and down conforters placed on the tatami covered floor. It had everything we needed including private bath and shower, wifi, and a cozy common room with basic kitchen available to all. What a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We stayed at Shunkoin for 1 night during summer, and I wish we could have stay longer. The temple complex was beautiful and peaceful, with few distractions. The room was simple but comfortable. There was no food available in the complex, but the young lady who greeted us, was only too happy to point out some local places to eat.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I stayed for 4 nights during winter. It was a bit chilly in the nights but they had a remote-controlled heater in every room. I liked the eco-friendly feel of the establishment, also with a lot of hand-written information which made it feel cozy. The WiFi was almost too good :) (I had one of the routers outside my door... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

A stay at Shunkoin Temple is one you will always remember with a meditation class given by the resident Buddhist Reverend and the privilege of staying on the temple grounds, albeit at the adjoining guest house. The rooms are immaculate, but very simple. It is situated in the midst of a larger temple complex which is special and so atmospheric,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

In my recent travels to Japan this place is one I'm really going to miss and visit again as soon as I possibly can. The rooms are basic but much better than anything I have experienced within its price range elsewhere, the location isn't the best for central Kyoto but thats not what you travel here for and certainly isn't... More 

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