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Shunko-in Temple, Kyoto

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  • We've all done a bit of meditation before, and Rev. Takafumi started the class off right by saying "Drop all your biases about meditation". It was a great class; it wasn't rushed, and we got a great p...  more »
  • Essentially private sub-temples is committed to communicating in English. English in daily morning Zazen experience. Principle it is not necessary, even on holidays because the home page (in English), so check the schedule. Shukubo in here.
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  • Quiet compared to the other temples (gold..). Many temples, a beautiful garden (admission fees). ideal for a little escape the crush.
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  • Stayed here for two nights. Wonderful peaceful place that is central to many things. You can use the bikes for free to ride around Kyoto. The mediation is lovely and they serve matcha and sweets after. The staff is very lovely and speaks good English. Wonderful, very adorable place I would definitely stay at again.
  • Lovely stay with traditional tatumi sleeping mats in a very comfortable building. Did the meditation in the morning and learned a lot from a very progressive head monk. We also borrowed bikes they had that were first-come first-served and it was a really great way to get around Kyoto, which is otherwise quite bus-reliant.
  • Best stay in our 6-week allover Japan trip! Our room was spacious, meticulously clean and we had a private toilet and shower (normal sized!). Staff are friendly and helpful. The common kitchen/pantry is well stocked. Peaceful environs, ideal for meditations (sitting and walking). Highly recommend the zen meditation classes here by a super wise and humourous English speaking monk.
  • I had the meditation session and a tour here. Great place! Its garden and art works are beautiful. They also serve matcha and sweets after the meditation. No reservations needed.
  • Unlike many temples popular with tourists, this one is only open to people who have a reason to be there, like taking the meditation class or staying at the temple. The 90-minute class is worthwhile. Rev. Taka's English is excellent. He takes the time to explain Zen concepts in a simple, humorous way. He also talks about recent studies and science behind meditation, a topic that he is well-informed in. Zen isn't overly spiritual, so people who aren't into that won't be turned off. The temple itself is beautiful and the vibe is better in a place that isn't crowded with tourists.
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