New Shukubo Temple Lodging in the Heart of Osaka

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Waqoo Shitaderamachi, a brand new shukubo temple lodging, opens in Osaka in March 2017.

“Waqoo Shitaderamachi”, a shukubo, or temple lodging facilitity where visitors can stay and get a taster of life in a traditional Japanese shrine or temple, is due to open in March 2017 in the central historic Teramachi area of Osaka.

Originally, shukubo were used primarily by monks or pilgrims, but recently stays at shukubo have started to gain popularity as a way to experience traditional Japanese accommodation and cultural activities in authentic surroundings.

Just 12 minutes from JR Osaka station by subway, Waqoo Teramachi will offer a convenient new way for travellers to enjoy this ultimate immersive Japanese traditional accommodation experience without having to set foot outside the city or trek all the way to Koya-san, a more remote sacred mountain which is another popular location for temple stays.

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Osaka was recently named one of the top cities to visit in 2017 by Rough Guides (read more about it here), so Waqoo Teramachi shukubo will provide the perfect base for visits to this exciting up-and-coming destination. The new facility will offer guests an unmissable opportunity to stay in authentic and stylish accommodation right in the heart of Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, all while experiencing traditional Japanese culture, cuisine and lifestyle in-house.

During their stay, guests will be able to try shojin-ryori, a type of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, famed for its gorgeous array of different ingredients, colours and tastes and eye-poppingly beautiful presentation. They will also be able to participate freely in morning worship in the temple as well as try their hand at a variety of different cultural experiences such as:

  • Zazen (meditation)
  • Sado (tea ceremony)
  • Kimono/yukata rental
  • Gomagyo (fire prayer)
  • Shabutsu (Buddhist image copying)
  • Making Buddhist prayer beads
  • Shakyo (sutra copying)
  • Making a household altar
  • Shojiku (calligraphy scroll writing)

Every stay at a shukubo is different, but a typical overnight stay might follow the following time schedule:

First Day
3:00 pm - check in
3:30 pm - visit temple
6:00 pm - dinner of shojin-ryori
9:00 pm - activities

Second Day
7:00 am - attend morning service
8:00 am - breakfast of shojin-ryori
10:00 am - check out

Located around 1 hour from Kansai International Airport by bus or train, Osaka is home to many popular tourist attractions, such as Osaka Castle, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyƫkan, and Universal Studios Japan theme park, as well as plentiful opportunities for shopping and gourmet dining. It is also in close proximity to must-visit traditional culture hub and former capital city Kyoto, as well as breezy historical yet modern port town Kobe.

For more information on accommodation plans, see Waqoo’s website. To inquire about reservations, contact Waqoo at info@waqoo-pj.jp.

To get more recommendations for places in Osaka to visit - including information on the top picks by Rough Guides - see our article here.

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