It's not the cheapest place to stay in Japan if you're travelling alone, like me. But I thought it was worth it. You get a look inside the daily workings of a Buddhist temple, you get to eat the food the monks eat, and you get the opportunity to experience the fire ceremony early in the morning. The food was very different to all the other food I had in Japan, but I'm not sure if would like to eat it every day. I guess you get used it. The service was excellent, almost too excellent, it felt a bit like the acolytes were servants. I am used to the more relaxed non-hierarchical Northern-European customs, so the subservient demeanour of the some of the acolytes was a bit shocking to me at times. I would nonetheless recommend a stay at this temple.
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