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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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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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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Lille, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

If you are looking for a truly unique lodging experience in Kyoto then Shunkoin is the best choice. It's comfortable and clean. It has all modern amenities yet set on temple grounds. The atmosphere is unbeatable. Walking back to your room through the temple complex is magical. You'll hear the frogs around the pond even though you are in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

PS: I would give this 3.5 stars, but this doesn't let me give a half-star. We stayed three nights here in a double room with a private bathroom. Overall this was a unique experience, and our first staying at a temple. Pros: - Great location for exploring Araishiyama (2 stops away on the JR line) and Ginkakuji Golden Pavilion (comfortable... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Great experience, unique. Beautiful grounds and Rev Taka is a knowledgeable and gracious host, as are all the staff. The accommodations, both in the new guest house and the ones on the level ground are very nice, providing comfort to Westerners, while maintaining an authentic Japanese environment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is truly a magical place to place to stay. Simple rooms, but in a compound of dozens of beautiful temples. Welcoming and knowledgable priest, a well furnished kitchen so you can cook your own meals, and a central location. We had a wonderful week there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

My mother and I stayed here for five nights whilst doing various daytrips from Kyoto. Though there is a slight inconvenience element to having to catch a train out of Kyoto to reach Hanazono (nearest JR station to the Temple Complex), the peace afforded by this distance from the main city more than makes up for it. We were welcomed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 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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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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