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I’d like to experience “Shukubo” in November ibn the Kansai area. I don’t mind the cost for 2 adults. Please tell me a recommended “Shukubo” where our spirits can become calm.

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I’d like to experience “Shukubo” in November ibn the Kansai area. I don’t mind the cost for 2 adults. Please tell me a recommended “Shukubo” where our spirits can become calm.

I have been interested in the experience of “Shukubo”. I want to go in the best season of the changing colours. Please tell me the recommended “Shukubo” where I can experience the morning service, the “zazen” and the “Shojin-food”(a food without meat).
I like “Shukubo” which is kind for a beginner.

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  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
  • November

Ekoin

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Ekoin

3.9

  • address
  • 497, Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama 648-0211, Japan
  • Transport Access
  • Access by train: The Nankai Electric Railway makes 4 round trips a day by limited express, and runs express trains at about 30-min intervals between Osaka Namba and Koyasan stations. It takes 1 hr 40 min by limited express, and around 2 hours by express. It takes about 2 hours from Wakayama as well. Access by car: From Osaka Kawachi-nagano to Hashimoto via Rt 371. Hashimoto to Koyaguchi and Kudoyama via Rt 24. Kudoyama to Koyasan via Rt 370 & 480. It takes about 2 hours from Osaka, 5 hours from Nagoya

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training every morning every evening

After checking-in at the Shukubo, sightseeing Mt. Koya and going back to the Shukubo, you will have a meal. After the meal, you will experience meditation in the training room of the temple. You can take part in the religious service and the burning holy wood prayer on the following morning. The priest’s talk with his voice which comes from his trained spirit and body makes you feel free from all distracting thoughts. The Shojinryori is delicious.

the world heritage

Speaking of Shukubo in the Kansai area, it is Mt. Koya. Why don’t you visit the world heritage? The Shukubo has been well maintained and it is close to the entrence of the front approach of the temple, so you can enjoy your experience without any problem. It is the sightseeing spot for enjoying the changing colours as well, so you’ll be satisfied. You can experience “Zazen” or “Hand-copyting of sutras” by booking.

Shojinryori / religious service / burning holy wood training

After the morning religious service, they burn holy wood. This is a rate thing to do in other Shukubo.
They give us an “Okunoin” night tour near the Ishino Bridge. They provide the “Zazen” experience. It has been explained in the guide book for foreigners, so quite a few foreigners were taking part. It’s good for people who have never experienced it yet.

Enryakuji Kaikan

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Enryakuji Kaikan

3.7

  • address
  • 4220, SAKAMOTHONMACHI, OOTU-CITY, SHIGA 520-0116, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • 60 MIN BY BUS OR 50 MIN BY TAXI FROM JR KYOUTO STATION / 30 MIN BY TAXI FROM JR NISHIOOTSU STATION / 10 MIN WALK FROM SANJYO STATION ON SAKAMOTO CABLE LINE

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tranquility and Japanese spirit

The hotel is in the quiet place. It is behind “Monjuro”. In the morning, you can take part in the religious service voluntarily in the Konponchudo. You feel very refreshed. The meal is of course, “Shojinryori”,(without meat) but it is colorful and has been cooked in various ways. It’s delicious. The view of the Lake Biwa from the big bathroom is superb.

Shukubo Chishakuinkaikan

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Shukubo Chishakuinkaikan

3.8

  • address
  • 964, HIGASHIKAWARACHO, HIGASHIOJI SHICHIJO KUDARU, HIGASHIYAMA-KU KYOTO-SHI, KYOTO, 605-0951, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • 10 mins on City Bus from JR Kyoto Station, 10 mins walk from Keihan Shichijo Station.

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an introduction to Shukubo

The Chishakuin-kaikan in Kyoto has a good access from the Kyoto station and it is close to 33-gendo and the Kyoto National Museum. You can take part in the morning religious service and they will show you the Fusuma (a thick papered sliding door for partitioning) painting by Tohaku Hasegawa. The charge is reasonable and it is highly recommended as an introduction to the Shukubo experience.