• Japan's Buddhist temples open ‘shukubo' doors to tourists

    21 days ago - By Travel and Tourworld

    Once a haven for pilgrims and nobles, temple stays now allow tourists to escape Japan's bustling cities and experience life like a monk with Buddhist cuisine and meditation.
    For centuries, holy men, pilgrims and nobles journeyed the sacred paths that crossed Japan in search of knowledge and enlightenment.
    At the end of a long day tramping the mountain paths, they invariably sought out an “otera,” or temple, to rest their weary bodies.
    The simple accommodation that temples were able to offer, along with traditional meals and prayers, became known as “shukubo.”
    And now that pilgrims are a...
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