|The inside of the temples are as remarkable as
the outside. A maze of hallways and rooms floored with tatami
or hardwood and all immaculate.
The rooms I was given were
larger than I or my friend expected
with a small balcony that overlooked the garden and pond.
||And the single coolest thing about staying at
a temple is having the monks prepare and bring you your meals.
While the food is not always to their visitors' liking (strictly
vegetarian) it is always made with care and delivered as art.
Rice, tofu, seaweed, vegetables and sauces with some watermelon
|And here my lovely friend models the yukata
that was provided for us. Futon, sheets and pillows were
provided as well!
|Not only did they feed us well, but they also
invited us to join in their morning prayers and watch their
morning fire-ceremony. Then, after breakfast, they took us to
their meditation room and taught us the very basics of zen meditation!
We really got a great glimpse into the daily inner-workings
of a temple! Ask ahead to see if your temple offers these services.