A Heavenly Night's Rest

If a bed, fashionably minimalist decor and an exquisite meal for less than $90 a night sounds like a divine miracle in Japan, that's because it is — in a manner of speaking. Many of the country's monasteries and temples provide reasonably priced accommodation in adjoining inns known as shukubo, and cost-conscious travelers — as well as those seeking an interesting alternative to hotels — would do well to book a night in one. The monasteries and temple precincts of Honshu's sacred mountains, such as Mount Koya, Mount Shosha, and Mount Hiei, all provide lodgings (Mount Koya alone has more than...

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