Yes, the Zenkoji is a bit run down, so if that bothers you it might not suit. I didn't expect that much at about $30 each a night and found it suited our purposes well. Meeting Tommy is very much part of the experience as he took a few minutes to give you information about both the inn and surrounding restaurants and cultural places. His English is excellent and he obviously enjoys having all kinds of people stay. We had a fairly large twin room on the 1st floor. The futons had electric blankets which made sure our sleep time was warm. I overheard someone saying that there was no hot water in the shower room, so we just managed very minimally and since it was spring, this was fine--also we knew we could shower at our next stop so this didn't bother us. We stayed two nights and this was plenty of time to check out Takayama, which I personally rate over Kyoto for its historical and cultural interests. As mentioned, Tommy recommended the coffee shop across the road for breakfast and this added to our stay. It was well priced and although small, it had a great friendly vibe as people were getting on with their day. There is a large communal kitchen in the Zenkoji and although we ate out (the area is known for its Hida beef and sake--excellent!), it was great seeing people using it and being resourceful. This was by no means the perfect stay, but it had an old world charm with its dark timber interior. We found it good value and unique.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Takayama Zenkoji is a Jodoshu school of Buddhist temple. Anyone (regardless of any nationality, religion, or gender) can enter, pray, or stay. This temple is a branch temple of Shinshu-Zenkoji in Nagano, and is sacred to Amida(Zenkoji) Nyorai. There are about 400 temples that have Zenkoji Nyorai inside, but only about 100 temples are formally allowed to have the name ‘Zenkoji’. Among these Zenkoji temples, as few as 20 temples were officially recognized as branch temples by Shinshu-Zenkoji. In Gifu, Takayama Zenkoji is the only temple of the kind. Just like Shinshu-Zenkoji, it has Kaidan-meguri(Tour in the pitch dark tunnel)in the basement of the main hall. This temple offers places to stay for anyone visiting from far away. Now that Takayama became a popular spot for tourists overseas, 95% of visitors are from foreign countries. Besides private rooms, there is a shared kitchen and guests can use it for free. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hida Takayama Zenkoji Hotel Takayama