Japan's Holy Hotels: Temple Hotel Innovators - Mai Sato & Shunko Umino
In Japan, a new kind of hotel is giving visitors from around the world the chance to experience Buddhist culture firsthand. Due to depopulation and aging congregations, many of Japan's 77 thousand temples are disused or endangered. Business entrepreneur Mai Sato and ordained priest Shunko Umino are striving to solve this issue by helping temples to find fresh value through hotel facilities that also bring benefits to the broader community.
Kannon-in in Gunma Prefecture, opened a temple hotel in 2019
Guest rooms at Kannon-in
Temple buildings are refurbished as guest facilities
Guests can try meditation and other spiritual activities