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Senju-in

Style: Buddhist-Temple

Price Per Person:
¥7,000 ~ ¥10,000

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Address (English)

2280 Shigizan Heguricho
Ikoma -gun

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Senju-in. This traditional Buddhist Temple has welcome guests since the Edo period (1603 to 1868). Senju-in is located on the east side of the Mt Ikoma, between Osaka and Nara. There are 14 guest rooms available and none of the guest rooms have private baths or toilets. Senju-in is made up of two buildings, the Honkan which is a 2 story building and the Shinkan which is a 4 story building. From the Honkan guests will enjoy a garden view while from the Shinkan guest rooms have a mountain view. In this shukubo temple guest are served "Shojin-Ryori" (vegetarian Kaiseki) in the dining room. There is a morning prayer that starts at 6:00 am, the fire ceremony has been held for more than 1100 years every morning at the Senju-in. As guests of the Senju-in you are invited to attend the prayer services. The prayer service is about 40 minutes long and is something you will remember for the rest of your life.

Warning: Senju-in only accepts guests for 1 night maximum. In addition they are very strict about the check-in time which is no later than 16:00. Please be careful.

Welcome to Senju-in. This traditional Buddhist Temple has welcome guests since the Edo period (1603 to 1868). Senju-in is located on the east side of the Mt Ikoma, between Osaka and Nara. There are 14 guest rooms available and none of the guest rooms have private baths or toilets. Senju-in is made up of two buildings, the Honkan which is a 2 story building and the Shinkan which is a 4 story building. From the Honkan guests will enjoy a garden view while from the Shinkan guest rooms have a mountain view. In this shukubo temple guest are served "Shojin-Ryori" (vegetarian Kaiseki) in the dining room. There is a morning prayer that starts at 6:00 am, the fire ceremony has been held for more than 1100 years every morning at the Senju-in. As guests of the Senju-in you are invited to attend the prayer services. The prayer service is about 40 minutes long and is something you will remember for the rest of your life.

Warning: Senju-in only accepts guests for 1 night maximum. In addition they are very strict about the check-in time which is no later than 16:00. Please be careful.

Facilities

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GUEST ROOMS

  • Japanese Style Room with Private Bath and Toilet
  • Japanese Style Room with Private Toilet Only
  • Large Japanese Style Room
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Towels

HOT SPRINGS and BATHING FACILITIES

  • Shared Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Hot Spring Bath in Guest Room
  • Private Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Hot Spring Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Hot Spring Bath

REGULAR BATHING FACILITIES

  • Shared Outdoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Outdoor Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Bath (Both Genders)

MEALS

  • Dinner and Breakfast Plan Available
  • Breakfast Plan Only Available
  • No Meal Plan Available

SPECIAL MEAL REQUEST

  • Special Meal Request (e.g. No Pork)
  • Vegetarian Meals (with fish)
  • Vegetarian Meals (no fish but with fish broth)
  • Western-style Breakfast

DINING ARRANGEMENTS

  • Dinner Served in Guest Room
  • Breakfast Served in Guest Room

OTHER

  • English Ability of the Ryokan Staff/Owners:
    A Little English Spoken
  • Internet Connection:
    No Internet Connection
  • Parking:
    Free Parking
  • Curfew Time:
    20:00
  • Pickup Service:
  • Single Guests:
  • Children under 12 Years allowed:
  • Pay with a Credit Card:
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A highlight

Annemarie

Date of Review: September, 2017

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: The Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Our stay in Senju-In exceeded any expectations. What a beautiful place, quiet, lovely. We walked all around the complex, even to the top. Be sure to make time for this! Also, the monks tried to explain all, which helped us to understand more of their culture and lifestyle. They were just so kind to us. The morning ceremony also was very special, we are just superthankful for this visit. To be honest, this visit was way out of our budget-league. But, the stay in Senju-in was definitely worth it. And, when you leave, be sure to drink a coffee at the cafe behind the busstop.

Fantastic experience

Nicole

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

A great stay in this place next to Nara. The staff is very kind with customers (despite the fact people don\'t speak english very well), meals are very delicious and it\'s very interesting to see the morning ceremony. The evening, you can visit the temple and the garden and it\'s very beautiful. I recommand this place if you want to try a temple stay !

Best Stay!

Wei ting (Ariel)

Date of Review: August, 2017

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My highlight of a two week trip! This is a must visit for those looking to heal and hide away from the tourist rush. An easy train and bus hop from Nara, my travelling companion could only marvel at the magnificent Shigisan when we arrived the foot of the mountain. Much larger in scale than initially expected, the ambience of the temples scattered throughout the entire mountain were breathtaking. The monks at Senju-in Temple were extremely welcoming. The stay was clean, comfortable and serene. The dinner vegetarian meal was my FAVOURITE meal of the entire trip (I\'m not vegetarian!). Guests could sign up for an evening guided tour if the weather holds up with the monk. After dinner, since the weather was not good, the female monk taught as how to make origami :D Join the morning sermon if you can get up -it\'s a worth the experience! :)

Fantastic stay

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Our stay at Senju-in was memorable. Beautiful traditional bedroom with a view on the garden. Delicious vegetarian dinner and breakfast. The morning ceremony was a rare moment. The welcome was warm and friendly. We were lucky to be the only guests at the moment of our stay.

A wonderfull experience

Month of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I was travelling with my 16yo daughter and we decided to stay one night at this temple during our short one week journey trough Japan. Was a very good choice! The temple is located on a beautiful mountain not so far from Nara and as the only guest we could experience a very warm welcome from all the monks. Our room was comfortable and the food fantastic! We were also kindly invited to attend the very early morning pray and the fire ceremony: unique experiences that I reccomend anybody to do !

June 2014

Month of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

I stayed at Senju-in during a weekend in June 2014 with some friends. We reached the site with some difficulty, as we had to change train in Oji and then reached the monastery by bus, which is the only one going from Oji station to Shigizan. Though we were welcomed very warmly and the chief priest was really kind and friendly. As we arrived around midday, we could see a very solemn Buddhist cerimony with many other Japanese guests who were there for the celebration. After that we had time to see the site, with its many temples, and the lake, where we had lunch in a traditional restaurant over the lake; after that we went again exploring the site and got back, we were then invited to a beautiful and delicious dinner, where we were the only guests together with a Japanese man. After dinner we had another stroll among the temples, following the many paths up and down the hill. On the following day we had to get up at 4.30 a.m. to see the morning celebration, which was completely dedicated to us, as the only guests of the monastery. The chief priest called out our names during the mass and gave us his special blessing, which accompanied us during our further stay in Japan. The guest rooms are traditional tatami rooms with futons, there is also a beautiful Japanese garden behind the main house. English is spoken only by the chief priest and some more two or three monks. A beautiful weekend with the flavour of a tradional Japanese experience.

Priceless

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: Brazil

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I chose Senjo-in because it was the closest to my tourist route in the region of Kyoto and Nara, and because it is also a temple. All my expectations about location and experience of staying in a temple were met, but the best part was undoubtedly the team, comprised of monks and some employees. Really special people, very interested in providing us with the best experience possible without losing the authenticity of the place, which is truly a temple. it was the best night of the whole trip, and I will be forever grateful to those people for the affection afforded to me and my friends. What a special place! What a special people!

A wordless experiment at the temple.

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Czech republic

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

It's been 1 year now that me and my brother we were at the Senju-In. It's a late review but we really wanted to thank our hosts and testify about a wordless experiment at the temple. First of all, it's necessary to mention that is not only one temple but a "complex" of many other temple in a valley. It's possible to enjoy there many things as the torii's way to the top of the valley, the echos of the buddhists drums in the valley when closing the temples, the hundreds of lampions all switched on by night and the nature taking place, a fire ceremony and some blessing directly otriented to the guests ... a mystical atmosphere that made that trip in Japan an exceptional experiment. As mentionned in the other reviews, the monks with a warm hearth welcomed us, the dinner was for us the best japanese meal we had during our stay (and we were always were happily satisfied everywhere), the bedroom gave us an authentic opportunity to sleep in a japanese way (even with Japanese Pyjamas provided). There was also the chance to use a small japanese spa bath in the Ryokan. Me and my brother we are warmly thankful to Japanese Guest Houses and to Senju-In of have lettins us the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful place. It's for us an unforgettable moment of our first trip in Japan. We hope to return at the Senju-In one day. Extremely recommended!!! I would like also post some pics that I enclose here, if you are interested in. I'm really sorry for my very late review. I'm really (still after 1 year) grateful to you and to the Senju-In for this wonderful moment we had, i hope to be repeated one day.

A real treasure

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: United Kingdom

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

First off we'll simply say that visiting Senju-in is a must; it is an absolute treasure that will enrich anyone's visit to Japan. With that in mind, I'll describe our visit which hopefully is useful... Senju-in is in a temple complex on a mountain-side about 30 minutes outside of Nara. Getting there from Osaka, Kyoto or Nara is super simple - JR train to Oji station (15 minutes from Nara, only slightly more from Osaka). From the station a cab will whisk you the rest of the way (about 15 minutes, about 2000 yen). Anyone should be able to get here easily. Upon arrival you'll begin to see how the descriptions and photos don't do justice. You'll be dropped in a small industrial parking lot, and your next step will be through a Japanese gate, up a hill past endless rows of lanterns and gates and you've magically arrived in another century. Senju-in is but one of the many, many temples in the complex. The team at Senju-in will welcome you in the most gracious way possible, show you to your Japanese-style room and do their utmost to communicate despite limited English. You'll then wander the complex for a while - with the most intimate Japanese temple experience you'll have during your whole trip - before heading back for dinner. Dinner was a massive Japanese set menu. We were literally bursting from the fabulous dinner. (Note, it was definitely not wholly vegetarian - there was a bit of fish at dinner, and some fish and ham with breakfast.) This alone was amongst the best meals we had in Japan. After dinner it's bath time, and it's a full Japanese-style bath. Scorching hot. Nice. Then bed down on your futon, ready for an early rise. Before dawn it's time to get up to join the fire ceremony, in which you'll participate. After the ceremony we wandered the grounds with one of the monks, and got an even more intimate view of some of the temples. All of this pre-dawn activity takes place with other ceremonies wafting through the air, with chanting, bells and drums filling the silence. Then it's breakfast time, another wander then check out. This may seem like a utilitarian review, but simply attach 5 stars to each of the elements and you get more perspective. It's a truly unique experience in the world, intimate, lavish, simple, soul-enriching, Japanese, etc. (FWIW, "we" were husband and wife and 11 year old daughter, who put it at the very top of her list of best-of-Japan.) This is the most intimate insight you'll get into ancient *and* modern Japan. Everyone should go.

Highlight of the Tour of Japan

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We, 3 mature aged couples were luck enough to stay the night of 22nd, October at Senju-in. We were lucky enough to find a lady at Oji bus stop who was visiting Shenju-in. As I made the booking I warned others not expect too much prior to our arrival at Shenju-in. But,it was the highlight of our tour and beyond our imagination. Chief Abbott and other male and female monks were great hosts. We had a tour of the temple after dinner and the temple was so beautiful and serene with so many lanterns and shrines.Rooms and the garden in front were unforgettable.As all the other comments the dinner and b'fast was great. We attended the prayer next morning and toured the other parts of the temple with a monk. It was a great experience no one should miss. Asoka

A Must Visit !! by Rachid Alexander

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: The Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This is a must visit place if you really want to have tranquility and like the serene atmosphere that Japan is wel known for. the location outside the traffic area although Oji is a really quiet city is excellent. for people who like meditation or are searching for a spot to hide away and recharge this is the place. the food is amazing and you can taste that it has been prepared with such love. the welcoming board for you will see when you arrive is so welcoming that you already feel embraced by the staff. they don't speak much of english but they understand every request. lovely to walk around the area. beautiful and cozy temples. I was really nice that the monks invite and let you participate in the ceremonies. the entire place becomes enchantingly beautiful when it rain. as if you are high in the skies. Oji is also really near to Nara en Osaka Namba. I really did enjoy my stay here and I'm so looking forward to stay here again.