May 29, 2018

Have you ever imagined booking an overnight stay at a Buddhist temple? Yeah, me too.

A new service from Japan will soon make our lodging dreams come true. Japanese company Terahuku will start providing an online search and reservation service in one of Japan’s many Buddhist temples. In a statement from SoraNews24, Japan’s new Residential Lodging Business Law will enable tourists and travelers to book temples for their vacation needs starting June 15.

The new law allows Buddhist temples to accommodate tourists similar to Airbnb. Perks include being able to experience the traditional temple life while giving travelers the old-world Japanese vibe. Terahuku described activities like writing Buddhist sutras (scriptures) and meditation.

Not only can you book a stay at the temple itself, you get to live the temple life, too.

Currently, Terahuku only caters to Japanese customers. But the company is already planning to partner with popular services such as and Airbnb so they can start accommodating foreigners, too.

Terahuku seeks to have 100 temples available for tourists this year. They said that the foot traffic would benefit the rural areas close to the temples. One of the temples to be opened is the historical Mii-Dera Temple (previously Onjo-Ji, near lake Biwa-ko), which also happens to be Japan’s fourth largest temple.

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