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Shunko-in Temple

At a Glance

    Pros

  • insider tour
  • plenty of atmosphere

    Cons

  • modern rooms
  • books up fast
  • no meal service of any kind

Shunko-in Temple 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.

    Hotel Details

  • 6 Japanese-style rooms, 2 with bath
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • No credit cards.
Updated: 09-20-2013

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