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Dortmund, Germany
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Unfortunately I stayed only one night in the temple. It was great. So quite and peaceful. The rooms are designed according traditional Japanese style. Clean and simple. AC / heating included. In the morning I attended a meditation class, which I can strictly recommend. Made for beginners without any mystical attitude. The temple is located in a big temple complex...

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Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Myoshinji Temple complex is an incredibly peaceful place, full of beautiful sub-temples bordering quiet lanes. Shunkoin is one of these enchanting places. I spent 3 nights there in the guesthouse, and the facility is excellent. My room looked out across temple rooftops towards the city beyond. The Zen meditation class was frankly incredible. I can't speak more highly of...

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Tølløse
Reviewed 29 October 2016

The temple was nice the service good. But what made this a special place to go was the zen-meditation in the morning, and the evening walks in the night in the vaste temple district that this temple is part of. The building where the rooms are is brand new and very nice.

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Como
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We spent 4 nights here and it was a great time. The room is big (very big for Japan standard) with futon style bed and new furniture. The Temple area is very nice and relaxing, after the sunset almost incredible. The complex is very close to Hanazono train station. Considering how beautiful Kyoto is, I will come back for sure...

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Johannesburg
Reviewed 6 August 2016

The Temple Guest House is an excellent location for exploring the northern part of Kyoto. It is 10 minutes by rail from Kyoto Central Station and another 5-10 minute walk from the local Japan Rail station to the Temple. It is located within reasonable walking distance of beautiful UNESCO temples including the Golden Pavillion. It has great Wifi and Air...

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Oakland, California
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Right in the heart of Kyoto, and near all the major attractions is this quiet sanctuary in a Buddhist temple. They have a separate guest house, and you can attend a meditation class in the morning. They also have bikes that you can borrow, and we used the bikes to get to Sagano forest, which would have been an awesome...

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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Very interesting and fun experience. Learned the basics and relevance to modern society. Not hard core but very pragmatic. 90 minutes well spent. Ends with view of shrine, zen garden and abbreviated tea ceremony. Good value at $25 per person. Only drawback is that's it away from most other attractions and taxi driver found it hard to locate.

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Boca Raton, Florida
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Great stay, beautiful temple, free bikes. We had a rally difficult time finding the place though, even reading the other reviews. As others have said, enter through the north gate and head south. The temple will be on your right hand side. There are a few laminated signs on the gate about the zen mediation class but nothing about the...

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Reviewed 1 June 2016

My friend accidentally found this place on searching for a place to stay in Kyoto. The places near downtown was fully booked or highly expensive during our stay. So when she found this guest house which is affordable and can be in private room for two, we booked it right away. Near JR Station Hanazono, the neighbourhood is calm and...

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Española por el mundo
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Nice spacious and clean rooms, with japanese style mattresses, just like a quality hotel but lacks the temple atmosphere and the traditional style in the rooms. the location is right in the middle of a temples/shrines complex. Do not follow google maps indications to get there or you will get lost. You can take cheaper meditation classes and borrow bycicles.

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Western Kyoto
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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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: $52 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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“Stay on the upper floor if you can to avoid noisy guests stomping above you.”
  • Each room sleeps two persons only.
 of 5 bubbles J4ZM1N3, 25 Mar 2016 | Read review
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“We had an upper room which was nice and quiet.”
  • Small entryway into tatami room
  • Toilet (note this is normal, no bidet function)
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  • Strong hot shower with shampoo and shower gel provided
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 of 5 bubbles XavierZen, 29 May 2015 | Read review
“All rooms are good”
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“Top Floor may be a slightly quiter option.”
 of 5 bubbles PeterY580, 21 Nov 2014 | Read review
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