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Shunko-in Temple

  • 42 Myoshinji-cho Map It
  • Ukyō-ku
  • Local Flavor

Pros

  • Insider tour
  • Plenty of atmosphere

Cons

  • Modern rooms
  • Books up fast
  • No meal service of any kind

Updated 09/20/2013

Fodor's Review

Visiting Kyoto's temples gives you a taste of the city's history, but staying in one is a more intimate way of experiencing the past. The intricate woodwork, manicured stone pathways, and enigmatic gardens that characterize Shunko-in are revealed in fascinating tours and introductory Zen meditation sessions with the American-educated vice-abbot Kawakami-san. He gives you a chance to examine gorgeous golden sliding-door paintings by Eigaku Kano and other artifacts from

the temple's 500-year history. Rooms are comfortable but appropriately ascetic, if also a bit disappointingly Western. All but two share bathrooms. Shunko-in is a sub-temple of Myoshin-ji, a sprawling temple complex in western Kyoto. Access is via JR Sagano Line to Hanazono Station, or via Bus 26 or 10 to Myoshin-ji Kitamon-mae.

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Hotel Information

Address:

42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Kyōto, 616-8035, Japan

Map It

Phone:

075-462–5488

Website: www.shunkoin.com

Hotel Details:

  • No credit cards
  • 6 Japanese-style rooms, 2 with bath
  • No meals

Updated 09/20/2013

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