Temple lodging or shukubo, as they are known, are a great way to experience a quieter, simpler, more spiritual life. A stay includes vegetarian food, an early rise, and participation in morning Buddhist services. The most famous place in Japan for shukubo is Mt. Koya, where about 50 temples offer lodgings.
In 2015, Mt. Koya, one of Japan’s most sacred sites, celebrates 1,200 years since its esoteric Buddhist dojo was opened by Kobo Daishi Kukai.