Temple Lodging in Japan

The 75th stage of Pilgrimage, Zentsu-ji
TEL 0877-62-0111 including 2 meals 5,000 yen
Access "JR Zentsu-ji station" > 20 minutes walk
Parking There is a parking lot
Room 50 guest room , max 250 people

This is the head temple of the Zentsuji school of the Shingon sect. This is where Priest Kukai, Kobo-Daishi was born. There is a Houmotsu-kan (a treasure hall), where a lot of the temple's treasures are displayed, as well as a Kaidan tour.

The three-story brand new building is the shukubo. Going up to the third floor via the elevator, I had a ten tatami mat room all to myself. There is no TV set, refrigerator, or towel, but a yukata robe is provided. The restroom is shared but it was very clean. The toilet seats were the latest western style seats equipped with a bidet.

Dinner was served in the dining room on the 1st floor. The middle-aged woman working there was very kind. They served shrimp tempura, sesame tofu and devil's tongue jelly served sashimi style, etc. I enjoyed the delicious dishes while drinking a middle size bottle beer (400 yen) and talking with the middle-aged women pilgrims. The bath was a natural hot spring that can accommodate up to 45 people. Shampoo was provided. Open from 17:00 to 21:00.

From 5: 30 in the morning, 15 priests (7 of them are training priests) lined up in the Mikage-do hall (Taishi-do). After the sermon, the priests chanted a sutra. After offering prayers with the stick which is said to have been used by Priest Kukai, I proceeded to the statue of Kobo-Daishi and worshipped it with my hands joined in the front.

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