Japan is worldwide known for its quirky and unique cultural characteristics in architecture, art, traditions, and daily life. And it's no different when it comes to staying in a hotel. Japan offers kinky stays at love hotels, affordable and slightly crammed in capsule hotels, and also something called Shukubo. It's the most traditional accommodation experience you can have. Shukubo means temple stay, which includes partaking in meditation as well as the daily routines of the Buddhists – if you will.
The profoundly spiritual experience is rooted in the welcoming culture of Buddhism. The hospitality tradition started centuries ago when temples offered an overnight stay for pilgrims. The life inside these temples has hardly changed in the past century. However, today you can book a unique stay without the need to be a Buddhist priest or a practitioner.
Koyasan Saizen-in Temple was opened by the founder of the Jōdo Shinshū sect of Buddhism, Shinran. It's located next to the renowned Mount Koya head temple, the center of Shingon Buddhism.