Temple Lodging Kakurinbo
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Temple Lodging Kakurinbo

3510 Minobu, Minobu-cho, Minamikoma-gun 409-2524 Yamanashi Prefecture
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Kakurinbo is a historic Buddhist temple ryokan, or "shukubo," housed within Gyogakuin temple. It was established some 550 years ago to accommodate visiting priests and novice monks. Today, Kakurinbo offers a place of relaxation for visitors and worshipers alike while maintaining an authentic environment. Kakurinbo is one of the oldest shukubo in the Minobusan area and one of the very few to have retained its traditional structure and décor. All rooms are separated by fusuma, a style of sliding door, and guests sleep on futon mattresses laid onto tatami-matted floors. Minobu is famous for its yuba tofu, an essential part of the Buddhist vegetarian diet, and the locally grown Akebono soybeans. At Kakurinbo, we take pride in the generous use of local ingredients in our cuisine. Our lovingly crafted dinners combine the elegance and variety of kaiseki ryori with the wholesomeness of shojin Buddhist cuisine, allowing diners to enjoy the rich flavors of Japan’s four seasons. At Kakurinbo, we are ever striving to provide opportunities for our guests to learn more about the local culture, which is deeply entwined with the practice of Buddhism. To this end, we offer a number of "experiences." These include trying on any one of our 13 authentic wedding kimonos for memorable photo ops, shakyo, or sutra-copying, classes in English, morning yoga at Kakurinbo and morning prayers at Kuonji, and nightly performances of mando that offer a taste of Minobusan's exciting Oeshiki festival. There are also opportunities to make your inkstone, personal stamp and Buddhist prayers beads, as well as join a workshop on washi papercraft. Please contact us to find out more.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Coffee shop
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Taxi service
Secured parking
Wifi
Yoga room
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Canoeing offsite
Evening entertainment
Karaoke
Walking tours
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Massage
Rooftop terrace
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shops
Sun deck
Umbrella
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air purifier
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Housekeeping
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Safe
Separate dining area
VIP room facilities
Clothes rack
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

Location

3510 Minobu, Minobu-cho, Minamikoma-gun 409-2524 Yamanashi Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Erik B wrote a review July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a truly remarkable experience. It is a Buddhist temple with lodging facilities of high standards. I actually had to walk through the prayer hall to get to my room.
Very nice bath and garden.
I had dinner and breakfast at the lodge, and the food itself is worth a stay. Two gourmet Japanese meals that will be remembered.
The lodge is within walking distance of the holy mountain of Minobusan.
Also, the lodge owns a guesthouse down the road that can accommodate a larger group of people. I went to see this house and it is of very high standard.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from 純子 樋口, Owner at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo
Responded 24 Nov 2021
Thank you for the wonderful review and apologies for the late reply. This year and last have been a time of upheaval for us. Things are now starting to look bright and cheerful. We hope you will visit us again some day. Be safe.
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Aswissgirl8 wrote a review June 2023
Encinitas, California
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here with my 16 year old son. We were looking for something very authentic Japanese. Kakurinbo was perfect. We stayed two days after arriving in Japan and it was a great peaceful quiet way to recover from jet lag. The beds were very comfortable and the rooms very clean and spacious. We had the garden view and enjoyed green tea each morning while watching the giant koi fish in the pond. The food was Delicious and artful in presentation. Even my 16 year old son who lives in frozen pizza and ice cream was happy with the food. The wine bath was a special treat and relaxing to soak each evening with a window to view the garden. Even the map they gave us on arrival was awesome not was very detailed and had so Lucy information that was useful as well as interesting. I was sad that the first day I lost mine but the gave me another. We went each morning to the temple service and I recommend to go. During the service a monk shows the incense bowls and invites people up to burn incense. The “map” explains how to do it and watch someone go up then don’t be shy and do it. Also don’t forget to do the water purifying outside. Again, the “map” explains. We also took the ropeway to the top and we’re blessed with a view of Mt.Fuji. Thank you for a memorable time my son and I will always cherish.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: I have them in my review.
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Response from 純子 樋口, Owner at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo
Responded 7 Sept 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed account. We are so glad you and your son enjoyed your stay.
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Lawrence R wrote a review Feb 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The hospitality in this temple lodging is supremely unmatched. We were met with such a warm, inviting aura by the staff and the temple. Our room was extremely spacious, with loads of decorum adding to the overall experience. Along with that, we had the opportunity to do a plethora of activities, including calligraphy, yoga, temple prayers(at the big temple, about a 20-minute walk early in the morning at 6:00 a.m.), kimono wearing, you can rent electric bikes, and what we were able to do was the kintsugi course. Repairing broken pottery was a very therapeutic and educational venture that is something off the beaten course and should be included in everyone's adventure when they visit.
The food was presented in such a charming and elegant manner. I'd recommend having breakfast and dinner here, the view from the dining room area out to the garden is something you'd have to see for yourself because it is incomparable and pictures don't do it justice. I loved the courses they gave us, quite filling and the flavor profiles on every dish was greatly influenced by passion and love for each ingredient.
This area is one hell of a diamond in a land of so many jewels.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Response from 純子 樋口, Owner at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo
Responded 11 Feb 2023
Dear Lawrence, thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again.
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K T wrote a review Apr 2024
Kingsport, Tennessee
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful place everything was fantastic! Great service everyone was so nice and the food was perfect. Small town close by for shopping. Beautiful scenery. Lots of shrines and temples close by. Lots of activities on site like tea ceremony (book in advance) wine bath too, biking! Suggest renting car to get around the countryside even tho you can take a train from toyko Japan.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Paula O wrote a review Apr 2024
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is incredible. It’s worth the trip. We took the coach from Tokyo. The area is stunning, the temple was so peaceful. We stayed overnight with dinner included. The whole dining experience was like a work of art. After dinner with had an onsen. The following morning we got up at 5am, to meditate 🧘 with the monks in the temple. Truly, the best part of our trip to Japan. We wished we would have stayed longer. Thank you to all the staff! It’s not a very well known place, but that’s what made it even more unique.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Cornelia P wrote a review May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Extremely nice experience in a wonderful place. We stayed just for the weekend but our memory still lives on. Incredibly nice staff, so was the quality of food, a culinaric and esthetic delight; nice and cosy traditional rooms in a wonderfully calm environment, away from the buzz of modern Japan.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from 純子 樋口, Owner at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo
Responded 7 Sept 2023
Thank you for your kind words. Please visit us again.
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Inta L wrote a review Aug 2017
Riga, Latvia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for just one night, but if you have a chance to stay longer,this place is not to be missed. Authentic japanese surroundings (house, garden), exquisite dinner, superb hosts and overall an excellent experience. Make sure to wake up early and to visit temple (15 minutes uphill walk) to see the morning prayer. Alternatively-there is a prayer at around 5 pm. A ropeway train is a must as well-the earlier you go,less people will be there:).
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from 純子 樋口, Owner at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo
Responded 7 Feb 2022
Many thanks for your wonderful review and apologies for the late rely. We try to respond promptly to all correspondence but some slip through the net.
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Alisdair H wrote a review May 2015
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a beautifuk experience.

Many ryokans are not available to non speaking japanese people, this was one magnificent exception. They welcome weaterners and dont expect us to know everything. Some staff have excellent English and others are happy to perservere with my little japanese.

Its right near Mt Minobu, temples cable car and walk. You must go there to complete the experience.

The Japanese baths are amazing.

The food is incredible. If you are vegetarian they still may inclue some fish so you will need to explain if you dont eat fish too.

The hotel is extremely relaxing and was quite romantic for us, it really suited us romantically.

There is a bus from the railway station and then its a short ten minute walk.

The best Japanese hotel ive been to. A must see.
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Date of stay: April 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Even the smallest is quite big. Ask for a garden facing room.
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Jenn J wrote a review Jan 2020
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
On arrival we were welcomed by the friendly staff at Kakurinbo.We left our luggage to go exploring. But before we left, we ordered dinner as Endo suggested it would be easier.

We walked to the small village, then climbed the 287 steps to Kuon-ji Temple. Peaceful grounds and great view from there.

Dinner at Kakurinbo looked amazing (the meal I requested was basic as I had a tummy upset.) But my son really enjoyed his - lots of fresh and locally grown produce and largely vegetarian. During dinner, we were treated to a fabulous dance by Endo. He has learnt traditional dance since a young child.

The staff were friendly and a big thank you to Damien for looking out for me and sharing some of his French medicine to help in my recovery to feeling better (which it did!)

We slept well in our futon beds. My son woke early to catch the first prayer at the temple and then climbed to the top of Mt Mionbu - which is not for the faint hearted. But the views from the top were reward for his effort.

Highly recommend Kakurinbo for its peaceful surrounds, a beautifully preserved history (the original building is 550 years old) and its proxmity to the beautiful temple. The welcoming friendly staff just adds to the special Japanese hospitality.

The guests who were staying also helped translate for me (thank you Chiko)

It is easily accessible from Tokyo - we took two limited express trains - leaving Shinjuku Station at 11 am arriving at Minobu station at 1.30 am. We booked a taxi from the taxi booking booth just outside the station and its a 15-minute taxi ride up some windy roads to Kakurinbo. (about 1400 yen)

I loved the peaceful surroundings and easy going staff.

Big thank you to the lovely guests staying at the same time as us. Chiko helped in translating Endo's and future plans for the area.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Journey810562, Public Relations Manager at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo
Responded 28 Jan 2020
Dear Jennifer, Thank you for the wonderful reviews. Endo, Damian, Junko and all the staff sends their best wishes. We are glad to hear you recovered from your bad stomach. Please visit us again next time you are in Japan. Warmest regards, Kakurinbo
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whynot wrote a review Oct 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I just stayed here with friends and it is the most amazing place with really welcoming english speaking owner and staff . Its easy to get to by train, the area is so historic, calm, natural and beautiful and the temples are stunning. You can go to the temple services which are very inclusive of guests and choose 3 ways to get up the temple hill- we chickened out of the hard way and took the easy option with no steps from the village. Dinner is delightful to eat and look at, an all round excellent experience of life outside the big cities. Thank you K-team!
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Date of stay: October 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Room Tip: all rooms are good
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Response from Journey810562, Guest Relations Manager at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo
Responded 22 Oct 2019
Thank you for the amazing review. We hope that you will visit again soon, and climb the 287 "steps of enlightenment."
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Answer from Gal_Anonim_Wawa
Warsaw, Poland45 contributions34 helpful votes
We were there in August, so no clue.... Sorry!
Answer from 覚林坊
Minobu-cho, Japan
Thank you for your message. Kakurinbo encourages diversity. We have no problem with tattoos. Although it depends on how many guests are staying, the bath is often private use.
Haley H asked a question Mar 2018
2 contributions7 helpful votes
How do you get to this location? If travelling from Tokyo?
Answer from 覚林坊
Minobu-cho, Japan
Kakurinbo is easily accessible by train, car or bus from Tokyo and the Kansai western Japan region. The nearest train station is Minobu on the Minobu Line, which runs between Kofu and Shizuoka. From Minobu Station take the local bus to Minobusan, the last stop. Kakurinbo is a 10-minute walk from the bus station. Alternatively, catch a taxi from the train station. It takes about 20 mins. There are six express buses daily between Shinjuku Bus Terminal in Tokyo and Minobusan bus station. Reservations can be made by phone or online. The journey takes about 3.5 hours and costs 2,900 yen one way. We recommend you catch one of the two morning buses (7:45 and 9:45) as the next one isn't till 16:25.
Haley H asked a question Mar 2018
2 contributions7 helpful votes
How do you get to this location? If travelling from Tokyo?
Answer from 覚林坊
Minobu-cho, Japan
Kakurinbo is easily accessible by train, car or bus from Tokyo and the Kansai western Japan region. The nearest train station is Minobu on the Minobu Line, which runs between Kofu and Shizuoka. From Minobu Station take the local bus to Minobusan, the last stop. Kakurinbo is a 10-minute walk from the bus station. Alternatively, catch a taxi from the train station. It takes about 20 mins. There are six express buses daily between Shinjuku Bus Terminal in Tokyo and Minobusan bus station. Reservations can be made by phone or online. The journey takes about 3.5 hours and costs 2,900 yen one way. We recommend you catch one of the two morning buses (7:45 and 9:45) as the next one isn't till 16:25.
Aswissgirl8 wrote a tip June 2023
Encinitas, California31 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I have them in my review."
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whynot wrote a tip Oct 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all rooms are good"
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samg70 wrote a tip June 2018
winchester, uk19 contributions14 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Like vegetarian food, patience about showering"
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daleringham wrote a tip Apr 2018
Robina, Australia124 contributions88 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"rooms have either a Japanese garden or tree-covered hills"
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TheEggKing wrote a tip Oct 2017
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"A view of the garden if available."
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AU$156 - AU$269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanChubuKoshinetsuYamanashi PrefectureMinamikoma-gunMinobu-cho
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Which popular attractions are close to Temple Lodging Kakurinbo?
Nearby attractions include Kuon-ji Temple (0.4 km), Grave Of Nichirenshonin Gosoan (0.4 km), and Kanyotei Museum (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and an additional bathroom.
What food & drink options are available at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Temple Lodging Kakurinbo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tamagawa-Ya, Kawachiya Shokudo, and Onrin.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Temple Lodging Kakurinbo offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Temple Lodging Kakurinbo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
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