Pilgrim accommodation

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At Temple 1, I was handed an A3 sheet of paper (in English) detailing the free or cheap accommodation along the route.This sheet was produced by Zenkon no Kai, please click here to see the full list. This sheet listed:

  • Camping spots (byo tent or wild camp)

  • ‘Tsuyado’ – free temple accommodation

  • Henro huts – some with toilets/running water nearby (I saw one that had a shower hose inside and I stayed in one that had an electricty outlet!)

  • ‘Zenkonyado’ – free or cheap accommodation offered to pilgrims from locals

  • ‘Daishido’ – free temple style accommodation not attached to a temple and usually run by the community so you need to ask permission and get a key to enter

In addition to these types of accommodation there are also:

  • Pension – very similar to ‘minshuku’ (below), but often slightly cheaper and located in the countryside, sleep on futons on tatami mats, communal bath, incl dinner and breakfast, ¥3000 – ¥8,000 pp

  • ‘Minshuku’ – family run b&b, sleep on futons on tatami mats, communal bath, incl dinner and breakfast, ¥4000 – ¥10,000 pp (sometimes cheaper if you request no meals, I stayed in some from ¥3000)

  • ‘Ryokan’ – nicer style b&b, sleep on futons on tatami mats, often still with communal bath, incl dinner and breakfast, ¥6000 – ¥30,000 pp (sometimes cheaper if you request no meals, I stayed in some from ¥3500)

  • ‘Shukubo’ – Paid temple accommodation, can attend services, sleep on futons on tatami mats, communal bath, incl dinner and breakfast, ¥6000 – ¥8000 pp

  • Business Hotels – Usually multi-floored concrete buildings close to train stations, simple Western or Japanese style rooms with own bathroom, ¥5000 – ¥10,000 pp

  • Hotels – like Western style hotels, some with Japanese or Western style rooms with own bathroom, ¥6000 – ¥20,000 pp

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