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The word you are looking for is haikyo (廃墟, "ruin"), and Japan has plenty of them for pretty much every conceivable category of building... except temples and shrines. Unlike corporate enterprises that get abandoned as soon as they stop making money, temples and shrines were never intended as money-making enterprises in the first place, so their costs are ...


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TL;DR: Don't worry about it. I've stayed in lots of temples and shrines in Japan, and their accommodations are effectively identical to "secular" Japanese inns: for example, you'll be offered alcohol with meals, and boisterous drinking parties for traveling groups are not uncommon, particularly in Shinto shrine lodges. Of course, the usual rules of ...


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Great answer by jpatokal. One more thing to add to the kaimyō topic is that Japanese temples are run by private people as a business under something you could call a "religion business license" which is 100% tax-free. These businesses however do not only operate religious services such as funerals but also a lot of other non-religious operations such as golf ...


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General considerations There are several temples in the Kyoto area as well as Osaka which allow you to do this. However, not everyone every day. So you should check one of the several different lists of temples (one, two, three) offering anything between overnight stays, vegetarian food, copying sutras with a brush pen (which cleanses your mind), zazen ...


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Mt. Fuji is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" (三霊山 Sanreizan) along with Mt. Tate, in the Toyama Prefecture, and Mt. Haku, in the Hokuriku region. If you want to be immersed in Shinto religion, I'd recommend visiting Kyoto. There's lot of temples and shrines to see, and lots to do and even more to eat. Spending just a day there wouldn't do the city ...


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The Daisen-in and Shunkoin have open medidation meetings (Information in English, the latter explicitly says instruction is in English), not free but reasonably priced. According to this forum: Rinzai and Soto zen temples should have a weekly zazenkai that is open to the public. It should be free, but donations are accepted (and probably expected, ...


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Indeed as Doc says, it was Wat Sok Pa Luang, more commonly written as Wat Sokpaluang or, in Lao, "ວັດໂສກປ່າຫຼວງ". Sokpaluang is also the name of the suburb or region of Vientiane where it's located. The Wat is apparently also known as "The Jungle Temple". Sadly, in answer to the part of your question If it still exists? and according to reviewers on ...


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Sounds like you're referring to 'Wat Sok Pa Luang'. I haven't been, but a few of the people I was traveling with in Laos did go and seemed to enjoy it. Any of the local taxi or tuk-tuk drivers will know how to get there. I don't recall the price, but I'm sure now that you know the name Google will be able to give you no end of information on it.


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No, there are no dress codes at temples or shrines. The Japanese attitude to religion is very relaxed... and simultaneously strict, as entry to anything even vaguely holy is generally entirely prohibited. That said, the prevailing Japanese opinion is that men's shorts above the knee are for elementary school students and the beach, although nobody will ...


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Regarding all 'major' temples, visitors are not allowed to enter them. According to the official Acropolis restoration service: Why is it not possible to visit the interiors of the monuments? There are two reasons why it is not permissible to enter the interiors of the monuments: in order to protect the monuments from the additional weight ...


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Hatsumōde (the year's first visit of a Shinto shrine, less commonly a Buddhist temple) happens not necessarily on the 1st - some people do it on the 2nd or 3rd (or already on new year's eve). Expect popular shrines such as the Meiji Shrine to be extremely crowded so that it can take an hour or more to get to the front - but many people will wear traditional ...


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Shinto is at heart an animist religion that imbues many natural features (rivers, trees, mountains) with spirits, and Japanese buddhism has been influenced heavily by this, so yes, "sacred mountains" are pretty common in Japan. For Buddhism, sacredness is usually centered around places where famous Buddhist teachers lived, taught or are buried. The two ...


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When I went to Japan I wanted to hunt for some abandoned places as well, even though I was mostly interested in modern-looking places like Nara Dreamland. Anyway, my starting point was Jordy Meow's site. He is a French photographer based in Tokyo specializing in urban exploration. Temple of Lies* is just an example. Beware that he doesn't give any ...


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You might interested in Kawaradera Temple Ruins in Nara.


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The Parthenon is undergoing extensive restoration work so you cannot enter it. You can get close enough to get a good view of the structure.


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Bangkok has so many temples, most biggest and famous are Wat Po and Wat Arun. They are just opposite of each other along the river Chao Praya. You should take the boat along the river, as it is an interesting experience as well. If you have ample time probably you want to visit Ayutthaya, the old capital, especially when you like buildings, palaces, foreign ...



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