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Temple Hotel Kannon-in

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Immerse yourself in Gunma's Buddhist culture at a refurbished temple boasting hundreds of years of history

Gunma Prefecture


A mountainous prefecture located in the center of Japan, just northwest of Tokyo, Gunma has been a hub of Buddhist activity for over 1,000 years and is the perfect getaway for those who seek memorable cultural experiences off the usual tourist routes. Start your journey into the heart of Gunma's Buddhist tradition with a relaxing temple stay experience. Set in Kiryu City, eastern Gunma, Temple Hotel Kannon-in creates a unique link between historic culture and modern hospitality.



An authentic Buddhist temple, whose founding dates back over 350 years, Temple Hotel Kannon-in was overhauled in 2019 as a “shukubo,” a traditional type of lodging offered by temples in the past. The fresh twist on shukubo comes complete with activities to deepen visitors’ understanding of Buddhism. These include the chanting of sutras in the early morning, calligraphy classes with an expert teacher, and serene meditation in beautiful surroundings. A monthly festival and the sale of charms add to the Buddhist experience with modern luxury trappings.



The hotel features a variety of quiet, elegant rooms, where you can feel the calm atmosphere of traditional Japanese architecture, and an outdoor bath to relax and take in the beauty of the seasons. Lose yourself in contemplation of the zen rock garden and enjoy an aesthetic combination of lodging and culture that cannot be found anywhere else. The booking system takes only one group per night, ensuring a personalized, flexible experience.

Renowned for its high-quality silk, Kiryu has been a center of textile production since ancient times. Temple Hotel Kannon-in contributes to the local community by utilizing goods and furnishings made by local craftsmen and aims at becoming a regional hub where tradition and future meet.



How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the Joetsu/Hokuriku Shinkansen to Takasaki Station (about 50 minutes), then a local train to Kiryu Station (about 45 minutes). If coming from Maebashi Station, take a train to to Kiryu Station (about 30 minutes). Temple Hotel Kannon-in is about 15 minutes on foot from Kiryu Station.


2-13-18 Higashi, Kiryu-shi, Gunma-ken



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