Some of Japan’s greatest attractions are its many magnificent historic temples. Visitors are now being given a chance to make a stop more unforgettable than ever. A new service allows people to spend the night at some of these historic temples in Japan.

Scattered throughout the country, temples and shrines are an integral part of Japanese culture. The new Terahaku (temple stay) project will let visitors stay at hundreds of these temples for the very first time.

The Deva gate of the Mii-dera temple

The project is due to start from 18 July, with 100 temples. This includes the beautiful Mii-dera, or Onjo-ji Temple, in the Shiga Prefecture. Terahaku plans to expand to over 1000 temples over the next few years. The experience “will help tourists experience traditional Japanese culture and history,” according to a representative of the company behind Terahaku, Waqoo Co.

Stay at historic temples across Japan

This project was made possible by a new lodging law that was introduced in Japan this June. It allows access to previously unavailable private accommodation.

Temples in Japan
Shojin ryori, the famous traditional vegetarian cuisine of Japanese Buddhist monks

Terahaku was created with Booking.com and Airbnb to help make it more accessible to international travelers. They will offer various language options for visitors. Some temples even plan to offer guests a series of unique cultural experiences. These may include meditation, attending morning services, sampling the famous shojin ryori traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, and tracing traditional Buddhist imagery.

You can find out more about the Terahaku service, including details for preregistration at their official website.

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