Hotel Half Time

2-11-1 Shibatsuji-cho, Nara, Nara Prefecture, 630-8114, Japan
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by dilaurorn

I am looking for Shukubo within close distance to Kyoto or Nara that does not object to americans,we plan to learn whatever we can so as not to offend by our ignorance. We really want to experience the prayers & meditations as well as shojin ryori.
Because of our itinerary;(we have one day available before we go to Nara -for one night- via Kyoto, and then back to Kyoto for a few nights before returning to Tokyo)
Nara would be best but I cannot find mention of any temples offering shukubo either in Nara (or Uji, I don't know other areas between to search)
In Kyoto I've found only names of a few places but no real information, reviews or contact details.
I find copious amounts of information about Koyasan- However, we don't really have enough time to make it worthwile.

Re: shukubo?

by squidly2

Here are some links form another forum - I had bookmarked these because I am interested in a Shukubo, but haven't stayed in one yet.
Pictures of Daishin-In:

Hope that helps!

Re: shukubo?

by Hydrangea

Yes, Koyasan is a long distance from Kyoto, but it seems to me that it's possible for you to go there if you have several days in Kyoto and Nara.
It takes about three hours from Kyoto, two hours from Nara to Koyasan.
I think it worth visiting and experiencing, because there are so many temples in moutain area and the atomosphere is completely different from cities such as Kyoto or Nara.
Please think about it.

If you need some information about the places you found around Kyoto, I might be able to give you some more information in detail. Tell me their names.

Good luck!

Travel Tips for Nara

A True Joy of Japan: Honorable Honesty

by AKtravelers

Julia had a little incident in Nara that reminded me about one of Japan's most admirable qualities: the honor and honesty of its wonderful people. And all it took was the small act of a forthright deer snack vendor to bring credit to an entire nation.
...The excitable Julia was on her first-ever souvenir budget of Y1000 a day, a sum subject to taxation for the behavioral issues that are typical of an 8-year-old traveling. By day six, her total accumulation, minus purchases and taxes, amounted to just over Y2000, most of which was stored securely in two tightly folded Y1000 yen notes tucked deeply in the change purse dangling from her neck. The Kanji printed on the blue polysetser said "secret stash", and she guarded its contents as if they were highly classified.
...Then came Nara's deer. The deer! The deer! Julia had to buy crackers to feed the deer! She raced towards a lonely cornerside vendor and made the quick Y150 transaction, then it was off to feed the deer! Pumping adrenaline into the mix were herds of equally excitable bucks, one of whom nipped Julia and startled her into sprinting away.
...After examining the wound and calming down, we visited the serene Todaiji Temple, where Julia -- much to her horror -- discovered a terrible truth. She had forgotten to unfold her taut bundle of yen, handing over two bills but getting change for only one. All seemed lost! The crestfallen Julia burned an incense candle in hopes of getting her day's wages back, but the jaded adults held out minimal hope. In fact, this would be a good life lesson about being careful with money, we thought. "You only have a prayer because you're in Japan. This is the only place where a vendor might be so honest," Kevin added as an aside, having been here before.
....Armed with the thinnest of hopes, Julia found the vendor and walked up to her. Julia could only ssay "Sumimasen" in Japanese. The vendor could say nothing in English. Julia jabbered on desperately, her innocent faith in humanity leaking out of her head slowly, dribbling to the ground, mixing with deer urine, crushed mercilessly under the feet of the tourist hoard.
....Then, somehing clicked. The vendor, a stooped old woman who has seen thousands of western faces come and go, recognized Julia and remembered the transaction. You could see the recollection light up her eyes. With a burst of surprised Japanese, she produced Y1000, unfolded it and gave it to Julia! We exited with rapid, profusive. stunned bows of arigatos. "Julia, don't expect this in New York!" is all we could say. The above story is not unique. Almost every visitor to Japan can recount a similar tale, and I'm sure Japanese are amazed that we find such behavior remarkable. This type of honesty is one of Japan's gifts to the world.

Kasugaohuyama Hiking Trail

by maverick-mw

If you want to get away from the tour groups while in Nara, just after visiting the Todaiji, I would recommend the Kasugaohuyama Hiking Trail up to the top of Mt Wakayama.

Sounds difficult? Well its not really, I'd hardly call it a "Mt" and the hiking trail itself is basically a tarmac road all the way to the top, where there's a car park for those who can't be bothered.

From the "summit" there are some good views of Nara, and plenty of deer eating grass as there are no school kids feeding them biscuits up here.

For those who are interested, the hiking trails do extend beyond to the East, giving a loop of about 6 hours or so, but I have nto had the chance to explore that myself. Some waterfall or other is on that route.

Nara-koen Park

by sunnywong

Nara Park is located in the eastern part of Nara City, extending about 4 km to the east and west, and about 2 km to the south and north. On the spacious lawns many deer graze on the grass. Inside the park are located Todai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga-Taisha Shrine and many others that represent the glories of the city over many centuries.

Nigatsu-do Shrine.

by A2002

This is a temple at the top of the hill (wakasuka hill?). I think the area is wakasuka hill. It was a very tiring walk to the top of the temple on a long flight of stairs.

At the top, there are a few benches to sit in the temple for some rest and enjoy the view of Nara on a clear day. From there, one can have a bird's eye view of Nara.

Oriental Healing Experience

by yamatoji

"Oriental Healing Experience"

Treated utilizing meridian diagnosis to ascertain the imbalances of the body. Healer a licensed acupuncturist used acupressure, tuina, cupping, gua sha and other non-needling modalities to create a unique healing experience that encompass the spiritual, emotional, and physical well being. Payment was pretty low.


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