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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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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great stay, beautiful temple, free bikes. We had a rally difficult time finding the place though, even reading the other reviews. As others have said, enter through the north gate and head south. The temple will be on your right hand side. There are a few laminated signs on the gate about the zen mediation class but nothing about the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

My friend accidentally found this place on searching for a place to stay in Kyoto. The places near downtown was fully booked or highly expensive during our stay. So when she found this guest house which is affordable and can be in private room for two, we booked it right away. Near JR Station Hanazono, the neighbourhood is calm and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Nice spacious and clean rooms, with japanese style mattresses, just like a quality hotel but lacks the temple atmosphere and the traditional style in the rooms. the location is right in the middle of a temples/shrines complex. Do not follow google maps indications to get there or you will get lost. You can take cheaper meditation classes and borrow bycicles.

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Klosters, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

I was here for the bonodori and too bad i cant secure more night as the next day the guest house is close for renovation back in Aug 2015 One word. Its amazing. But imagine this bon odori is to pay respect for the dead and you are staying next the graveyard. But nothing come close to this for value... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

I did a zen meditation class with Rev Taka Kawakami, which included his teachings on theory (especially how both meditation and Buddhism are often misunderstood) and meditation practice, plus we got to see the temple grounds, zen garden and got a warm bowl of matcha for a cold morning. Highly recommend as a Kyoto experience. I didn't stay at the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

The guesthouse is set within a temple complex, called Myoshinji. It's a 5-min from Hanazono station towards the west of Kyoto. It's a little far from the busy, popular areas of eastern Kyoto, Gion and downtown though. But this is a great location if you're after the western side for Arashiyama, bamboo grove and the Iwatayama monkey park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

The Shunkoin Temple was a perfect place to visit Kyoto ! The Temple is beautiful and located within a 'complex' of temples. It's calm and peaceful ! Taka, his family and staff were very nice with me. They help me finding my way and adresses and speak very good english. The zen meditation was a very good experience ! I... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

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 January 12, 2016

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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Staying in Western Kyoto

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Western Kyoto
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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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 

Additional Information about Shunkoin Temple Guest House

Address: 42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Western Kyoto
Price Range: $42 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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Shunkoin Temple Guest House Hotel Kyoto
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