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Visiting Japan soon but have no idea where to go? This internet radio program has the answer! We introduce listeners to Japan at the peak of its beauty by highlighting some of the best places to explore during the current season, complete with sightseeing information, hotel recommendations, and more. In this episode, we present shukubo, temples where you can actually stay the night and experience Japanese culture first-hand!
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Lisa (Japan Travel Specialist at Rakuten Travel)

  1. Saizen-in

    Established during the Heian Period (794-1185) by the priest Myojaku, this venerable temple boasts quite a lineage. Accommodations consist of 30 tranquil guest rooms, all the while maintaining its functionality and splendor as a temple, providing excellent hospitality not unlike that of a normal ryokan.

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  2. Ichijyo-in

    Located in the center of Koyasan, these temple lodgings are convenient for sightseeing. Guest rooms combine the magnificent architecture of a temple with comfort and livability, and guests can enjoy delicately-prepared vegetarian Buddhist cuisine (shojin-ryori) in their own room for an authentically-Japanese dining experience. Guests can also feast their eyes upon the sliding door paintings crafted by artists of the renowned Kano School as well as various other treasures on exhibition.

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  3. Fumon-in

    Seeking to redefine the image of temple lodgings as just another kind of Japanese-style guest room, all Western-style rooms here (and some semi-Western style rooms) are equipped with twin beds. The rock garden features a dry waterfall and was reportedly designed by famous historical figure, Kobori Enshu. It is also said to be Koyasan's most famous garden.

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  4. Eko-in

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    Guests at this temple are welcome to join the Goma fire ritual prayers every morning, practice Ajikan seated meditation, copy sutras, and go for a night-time visit to Okunoin (held on the 20th of every month)--all free of charge. Guests can also enjoy traditional vegetarian cuisine (shojin-ryori) for breakfast and dinner while enjoying the scenic garden view from the comfort of their room.

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