Shoreki-ji Temple

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Located in Ayabe city next to the Yura River, Shoreki-ji Temple was built in Tengyo 5 (942). The temple enshrines the Kanon statue carved by the temple’s founder Kuya, a famous priest in the Heian era. The statue can only be seen every 33 years. Other treasures of the temple include a Thousand-armed Kannon Bosatsu (a designated cultural property of Ayabe city) and a Nirvana painting (an important cultural property).
The Karesansui style garden, which was built in the middle of the Edo period, is a designated scenic spot in Kyoto prefecture. There are annual plants such as azalea and shrubby bushclover that color the seasons, as well as many ancient trees including a zelkova tree, selected as one of the ten famous trees of the city.
Shoreki-ji Temple also provides a unique all inclusive 'temple-stay experience', giving visitors a chance to live in a hundred-year-old tatami room (name for bamboo woven flooring used in Japan) (individuals of groups of a maximum of 6). The experience also includes meals, guests can choose from the specialty (top-notch chicken from a local farm) and traditional monk-style (vegetarian) course meals for dinner.
The highlight is the various experiences you can try out at the temple via previous reservation. Meditation in the bamboo grotto, sutra writing, sutra recitation, ablution, trying out Buddhist music instruments, wearing priest’s clothing, plating your own food Japanese style, and last but not least, drawing Goshuin. Other activities include baking pizza in the hand-made oven, and season-limited activities such as nagashi-soumen (flowing Japanese bamboo noodles) and canoeing (must have at least 4 people, 4000 yen per capita/ 2 hours).

Basic information


Postal code: 623-0033
45 Donomae, Teramachi, Ayabe, Kyoto


Number of regular vehicles: 10 cars (Charges: Free)

Number of large vehicles: Large buses cannot enter the area, but there is a parking lot about 5 minutes' walk from the temple for free. (2 buses, prior reservation needed)(Charges: Free)

Time held/open

Always open

Regular holidays/closings

Always open ※Temple-stay experience may be unavailable during Obon season and the new year holidays※Usually the temple-stay experience open 20 days per month, though it depends on the rituals of the temple. .

Check-in time


Check-out time



Adults: Free (Temple-stay experience is 25,000 yen per person every night)

Children: Free (Temple-stay experience is free, but meals are 3000 yen and beds are 1000 yen.) (Will be counted as an adult if above middle school)


Train : Get off at Ayabe station on the JR Sanin line, take a taxi for 5 minutes, or walk 30 minutes.

Bus : Get off at Ayabe station on the JR Sanin line, take the 'Ayabus' (Shiga Nanboku line) and get off at Omoto Choseiden mae and walk for 5 minutes.

Car : 10 minutes from Maizuru Wakasa Expressway, Ayabe Interchange exit.
10 minutes from Kyoto Jukan Expressway, Kyotanba-wachi Interchange exit.

Access to Kyoto by the Sea

Access to Kyoto in the Forests

Access to Kyoto Infused with Tea

Access to Kyoto Otokuni Bamboo Grove

Equipment and service in facilities


※Temple Stay

Features of accommodations

Provides planned activities

Total number of rooms

1 reservation per day for the whole building (5 rooms)

Accommodation plans

Plans with dinner included

Equipment and service in facilities

Toilet facilities available|Free Wi-Fi



※Vegetarian menu available upon request (reservation required)

Room Facilities

Bath|Toilet facilities available|Yukata or Bathrobe|Toothbrushes|Shaver|facial wash|shampoo|conditioner|body wash|Towel|Bath towels|Internet

Foreign languages spoken

Foreign language explanations/displays: English

Foreign language guides/interpretation/audio guides: English

Contact information


Natisan Shourekiji


Natisan Shourekiji



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