Unlike China, most temples in Japan have right to rent free rooms to tourists. This type of room is also called shukubo. Since Japanese temples are mostly built in Tang style, forms and characteristics are autonomous, with an extremely high artistic beauty.
Thus, decoration of a family's home that is valued today comes from a unique temple home.
1. Koyasan Fukuchiin
Koyasan Fukuchiin, built 1200 years ago, has largest and most distinctive shukubo, as well as natural hot springs for bathing.
There are 66 rooms, and Japanese garden in spring, summer, autumn and winter has different decorations and artistic concept.
2. Lianhua Dingyuan
Known for its meditations, interior of room fully preserves structure and atmosphere of ancient temples.
Because temple is built on a hillside, surrounded by green trees, the scenery here is superb. The layout of Tang Dynasty Langfang is transparent and simple, with a distant artistic intent.
On whole, simple and ornate, courtyard is small, with faded log buildings all over place, exuding a solemn and calm atmosphere of temple.
Because of its simple and uncomplicated layout, temple's landscaping is dominated by elegant style of Suzhou Gardens, with scattered cornices and pavilions bringing a rich sense of visual hierarchy.