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Shunkoin Temple Guest House

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Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 18 February 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...

2Thank ATINA157
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 17 February 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....

Thank ZukesF
Reviewed 12 January 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...

3Thank SyntaxLiberated
San Diego
Reviewed 30 December 2014 via mobile

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,...

1Thank ItinerantTraveler57
Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 22 November 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...

3Thank Peter Y
Reviewed 4 November 2014

My first temple stay ever and it's all beyond my expectation. With such a reasonable price, you'll have quite a spacious room with your own bathroom and toilet. Everything is very simple, as simple as the idea of staying in a temple. Very quiet, so you'll definitely have good quality of sleep, except the very thin room wall. Location wise:...

1Thank Trang D
New York City, New York
Reviewed 21 October 2014

This place is amazing, and truly unique. Living within a temple is a unique and rare experience; I cannot recommend it highly enough. The rooms are spotless, very comfortable, and the common kitchen area is perfect for tea/coffee and even cooking if one would like. We had a connecting room which was great for the three of us. It's also...

1Thank radsque
Ladysmith, BC
Reviewed 20 October 2014

Visiting a Zen Buddhist Temple was a special experience for us. We had taken a train from Matsumoto to Kyoto and then found the JR Sagano line (we had JR passes) to Hanazono Station. The trip was short. On arrival we exited and walked north following the main road. We passed a curry restaurant and arrived at an intersection where...

4Thank ezkayaker
North East
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Our daughter who lives in Japan booked this for us all for two nights in May when her dad and I were making our first ever visit to Japan. The three of us toured around a bit - she'd heard of this place otherwise we'd never have found it and what a gem it proved to be! We arrived in...

1Thank angel103
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We had no idea what to expect but we were absolutely amazed. Just a few 100 m of the main road was a complex of ancient shrines, beautiful gardens and lakes. There is absolute tranquility and it feels like being in a different century! The rooms were exactly as expected, not luxury at all, very basic but the scenery is...

2Thank Jdrew97

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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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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 

Additional Information about Shunkoin Temple Guest House

Address: 42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Western Kyoto
Price Range: RM173 - RM230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Shunkoin Temple Guest House Hotel Kyoto
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“Second floor avoids noisy neighbors upstairs. One room on the second floor is nearest to the common room.”
dorifuta, 3 May 2017 | Read review
“Reserve well in advance, as sometimes large groups stay here.”
, 23 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Stay on the upper floor if you can to avoid noisy guests stomping above you.”
  • Each room sleeps two persons only.
J4ZM1N3, 25 Mar 2016 | Read review
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731catl, 12 Jan 2016 | Read review
“We had an upper room which was nice and quiet.”
  • Small entryway into tatami room
  • Toilet (note this is normal, no bidet function)
  • Sink
  • Strong hot shower with shampoo and shower gel provided
  • Beds and window
XavierZen, 29 May 2015 | Read review
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