Temple Stays in Kyoto

Temple stays in Kyoto offers visitors a different perspective on Japanese culture and religion. If you’re interested, then check out these temples that offer lodging to tourists.



Chishakuin Temple

Tel: 075-541-5361

Website: http://www.chisan.or.jp/english/

Address: XQQG+6H Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Included: The Chishakuin Temple which was established in 1598 sits just south from the Higashiyama mountains. The temple grounds are large and consists of just over 20 structures which extend into beautiful forests. Fortunately, you as a tourist can stay in this incredible setting with your own private room.

Hanazono Kaikan

Tel: 075-461-5500

Website: https://www.hanazonokaikan.com/english.html

Address: 1-5 Kitamachi Kitsuji Hanazono Ukyo-ku kyoto, 616-8034

Included: The Hanazono Kaikan offers Japanese styled rooms in a peaceful setting right next door to the Myoushinji Temple. With your room you get a TV with cable, free wi-fi and a range of toiletries. Also on the premises is free parking, vending machines, an on-site restaurant, public baths and laundry machines.

Myorenji Temple

Tel: 075-451-3527

Website: http://myorenji.or.jp/

Address: Myorenjimaecho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, 602-8418

Included: This ancient temple was established in 1294. The temple grounds are enormous and facilitates a number of structures. What people find most fascinating about the temple is the surrounding flower gardens which are so beautiful that the temple has been nicknamed the ‘temple of flowers’. Guests staying here will have Japanese styled rooms with tatami mats. The only drawback is that the bathing facilities is located down the street from the premises so you will have to walk each day.

Rokuoin Temple

Tel: 075-861-1645

Website: No known website.

Address: 24 Sagakitaboricho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8367

Included: The Rukuoin Temple is located west from Tokyo near the world famous Arashiyama district. The temple itself which is surrounded by stunning maple trees was first established in 1380 and you can stay here – if you are a woman. This women’s only temple lodging comes with private Japanese themed rooms complete with tatami mats. Bathing facilities and dinner is provided too.

Torinin Temple

Tel: 075-463-1334

Website: No known website.

Address: 59 Hanazonomyoshinjicho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8035

Included: For those who don’t know, the Torinin Temple is a sub-temple of the much larger Myoshinji Temple. Meals are provided and prepared by the head priest who happens to be a very famous vegetarian chef. As for the rooms, they are rather spacious 6 tatami matted rooms that comes with an air conditioner and heater.

Hidenin Temple

Tel: 075-561-8781

Website: No known website.

Address: 27 Sennyuji Yamanouchicho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0977

Included: Lodging at the Hidenin Temple is a great experience as the rooms are rather large, meals are provided and you are allowed to attend morning prayers. Bathing facilities are on site but bring your own toiletries since none are provided. The place is perfectly situated on a plateau that offers some of the best views of Kyoto City.

Jorengein Temple

Tel: 075-744-2408

Website: No known website.

Address: 1 Fukakusa Kuragadani, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, 612-0822

Included: The Jorengein Temple is conveniently located in Ohara which sits 15 minutes from the Kyoto City center. And if you ever wanted the full Buddhist experience then this is the temple to lodge at because you can participate in guided meditation sessions with the monks who live there. Your room, although spacious, will lack modern luxuries but you will have your own kettle for green tea and a kotatu table. A delicious vegetarian breakfast is included with your stay.

Daishinin Temple

Tel: 075-461-5714

Website: No known website.

Address: 57 Hanazonomyoshinjicho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8035

Included: The Daishinin Temple offers guests simple, small rooms but some of these rooms face an incredibly beautiful Japanese garden. A delicious vegetarian breakfast is offered each morning and the monks are really friendly. All in all, this is probably one of the best value for money temple stays in Kyoto.

Shunkoin Temple

Tel: 075-462-5488

Website: https://shunkoin.com/

Address: 42 Hanazonomyoshinjicho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8035

Included: The deputy head priest, Takafumi Kawakami, of the Shunkoin Temple is rather famous as he often gives lectures on Zen Buddhism and meditation classes around the world. At the temple itself, classes on beginners and advanced meditation are given as well as classes on Japanese calligraphy and the traditional tea ceremony. Staying here at the Shunkoin Temple is a treat as you will have a fairly large Japanese style room that can accommodate up to 3 or 4 people. Each room has it’s own private toilet, bath, closet, heater, air conditioner, free wi-fi and toiletries. And if you ever feel like bicycling around Kyoto then make use of the free bicycles the temple will lend you.


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