If you're looking for a quiet, serene and very special stay in Kyoto, Shunkoin might just be the place for you. Located within the amazing Myōshin-ji Temple Complex in a rather un-touristy residential area you can unwind after all the commotion of downtown Kyoto and the crowded tourist attractions. Yet the location is convenient, as there are a few restaurants, conveniance stores and even a post office within walking distance and the JR Station Hanazono is maybe 10 minutes by foot from where you're at Kyoto's main station in no time. Each visitos receives a lovingly drawn and detailed map of the area with all this information.
The guesthouse and it's rooms are brand new (hence the hey-like smell of the tatami floor) and very comfortable and well equipped. The futon mats are quite thick, so quite comfortable, but the pillows (maybe filled with cherry stones or something similar) take a bit to get used it. Everything is spotlessly clean and the staff very kind and helpful. As check-in and check-out times are rather restrictive (it's a temple guesthouse, not a hotel, after all) I left my suitcase in a coin locker in Kyoto Station until check-in was available.
Don't miss the meditation and tour of the temple!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Shunkoin Temple Guest House Hotel Kyoto