“Shukubo” is the lodging facility of shrines and temples. Originally it was used only by monks as accommodation or by worshippers when they cleanse their body/mind. Recently though, more facilities are accepting visitors with various facilities and services aiming to provide the shrine/temple culture experience. Shrine/temple staying trips are starting to attract more and more attention.
Shukubo has different styles.
<Difference of denomination>
<Difference of facility>
・Temple/Shrine (Most of the times wooden construction)
・Different building on the shrine/temple property (often new and made of steel. Many of them have their own name)
・Different buildings managed by shrine/temple in a different part of the neighborhood.
<Difference of accepting season>
・Certain period/season only (Ex. Only during summer because of Monastery entering Restriction)
・Spontaneous (Ex. Unable to accept visitors during events and busy season)
Although Shukubo is basically a religious facility, some of them started to accommodate visitors because of their growing needs.
Practice activities you may experience at Shukubo
How can you spend time in Shukubo? Here’s the basic schedule in Shukubo.
*It’s only a general schedule.
*Activities and times differ by Shukubos. Please contact the Shukubo you are planning to stay at directly.
*Some activities need a reservation or an extra fee.
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