250y old Temple! 90min fm Tokyo.


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Welcome to Hotaru, which is the only inn in Japan that used to a temple.

You will have the entire building just for yourselves! And, check-in/out is done by yourself, so you do not need to worry of being physically close to anyone.

Located 5 min drive from JR Urasa station, which is 90 min by a bullet train from Tokyo. 

Hot spring is 10 min walk. A beautiful trekking/jogging course is right in front!

The guests can use four bikes for free of charge.

Great food, great sake!

The temple went through complete renovation, so its toilet and shower are brand new.

The area is the snowiest area in Japan. Please enjoy playing with snow around the hostel.

Even though it is in a countryside, you can get almost all necessary items nearby.

7min walk from a 24 hour convenience store.

10min walk from a hot spring

10 min walk from several restaurants, including Ramen, Sushi and other Japanese foods.

20 min walk from JR Urasa station, from where you can go to various places by a train.

Itsukamachi ski resort is 8 min drive and one day lift ticket is only 2500 yen. Night ticket is only 1000 yen.

Hakkaisanroku ski resort is 15 min drive.

Hakkaisan ski resort is 30 min drive. It has advanced slopes.

Okutadami ski resort is 50 min drive. It is one of the resorts that open earliest, like the end of November.

The inn is also near mountains and you can go for snow shoeing, and other snow related activities.

You are welcomed to rent our snow shoes.

I lived in this town until I was 15 years old and came back when I was 35. This area is not known at all for its tourism, and when I was a child, I was always thinking to leave this countryside as soon as I could. However, when I came back, I noticed many beautiful things about this town. I have lived in nine different countries, but this kind of wonderful place is not easy to find anywhere in the world. This area is safer than any other place I have visited. It has distinctive beauty of four different seasons. Delicious meals. You can go hiking and river-swimming. To let people know about this beauty, I opened this temple hostel “Hotaru”. Hotaru means “firefly” in Japanese. I want this hostel to be like Hotaru who give sense of comfort to people inside darkness.

This temple building was a Buddhist temple called “Yuinenji” (Jodosinsyu Ohtani faction). Due to depopulation, the temple lost its monk and parishioners have decided to submit a letter to its headquarter, to remove Yuinenji from the list of temples. Then, the building was transferred to its current location and originally meant to be a community hall where elders and locals organize some events. But, it was rarely used, so I have decided to make it a hostel in July 2018.

The original founder of this temple is believed to be a monk named “Yuinenbou”. He is from Nagano area and came to this area during 1400BC. He helped Uesugi Kenshin, the ruler of this whole area and got a permission to stay in this area.

The ceiling of tatami room has paintings by local children, who got a lecture from artists and painted this by soaking their foot with ink and freely stepping on white paper.

Behind Hotaru is a 200 year architecture called “Kyozo”, where monks historically used it to keep the script. More than 30 Buddhist sculptures and 600 scripts, which were hand-written 300 years ago, are being kept. The writer spent 10 years publishing these scripts. This building was a part of a big temple called “Yokoji” in Tokamachi area. But, in 2011, the earthquake hit the area and Kyozo was partially damaged. It became difficult for parishioners to maintain it, both physically and financially, so it was transferred to be used as a small museum. Kyozo is usually a sacred place only for monks, so it is a rare opportunity to be able to step inside and touch the real script.

It is located next to a mountain and surrounded by rivers and rice paddies. You can experience a real life of Japanese countryside. There are several trekking routes, hot springs, delicious restaurants and sake bars!

The temple is very child-friendly, since it is wide and flat, without any stairs.

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Minamiuonuma-shi, Niigata-ken, Japan

Uonuma is very unique place in Japan. Thanks to the fact that there has not been much tourism here, you can still observe a typical life of Japanese countryside, such as agriculture, snow, fireflies, and hotsprings. At the same time, it has a great access to Tokyo with a bullet train, taking only 90 minutes. The region is famous for tasty rice and sake, and many people from Tokyo get surprised to see how delicious the food is.

The color of the region changes according to the season. During spring, you can go for mountain vegetable picking. During summer, you can enjoy river swimming and observe fireflies. During fall, you can see the red and yellow leaves in mountains. During winter, you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe and experience snow-man making.

Yoko är din värd

  1. Blev medlem januari 2014
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(日本語訳は下にあります)Hi, I am Yoko. I have tranformed an old temple into a hostel called "Hotaru". I have lived in nine different countries across four continents in the past 16 years. I lost my wife after the birth of my first son and came back to my hometown in Japan. I thought of how I can make my livng while raising a small baby and came up with this idea of running a temple hostel. Please feel free to stay at our comfortable temple and enjoy a real life of Japanese countryside! I love tennis and basketball. 初めまして!黒岩揺光です。住職不在になってお寺をホステルとして再生させました。私は15歳で、故郷の新潟県南魚沼市を出て、米国に留学しました。以降、16年で9カ国を渡り歩きました。2016年に長男出産後に妻が亡くなり、長男を連れて故郷に戻りました。子育てをしながらできる仕事は何か考えた結果、このお寺を民宿として開業することを考えました。スポーツが大好きで、テニスやバスケがしたい方、是非一緒にやりましょう!
(日本語訳は下にあります)Hi, I am Yoko. I have tranformed an old temple into a hostel called "Hotaru". I have lived in nine different countries across four continents in the past 16 years. I l…

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My house is 10 min drive from the temple.

The temple hostel is located next to a day care centre for elderly peole. If a guest wants, please feel free to visit the facility and have a tea with them. The average age is 85 and you will get to know the history and culture of Japan through their talk.

I was trained as a sushi chef and have taught sushi-making to foreigners in several countries. I can arrange to teach inside temple how to make your own beautiful and yummy sushi! If it is ok with you, some locals may join the class.

I love sports. Tennis, basketball, river-swimming, trekking, ski, and snowshoe. If you love to do any of this, please let me know.

The place is very famous for agriculture such as rice, watermelon, eggs, and mashroom. If you want to experience and observe local agriculture, I can arrange the tour.

There is International University of Japan near the temple.  The school has 350 students from 50 countries. In case you want to have a local guide who speaks your native tongue, please contact me and I can try to arrange it.
My house is 10 min drive from the temple.

The temple hostel is located next to a day care centre for elderly peole. If a guest wants, please feel free to visit the fac…
  • Policynummer: Lag gällande hotellverksamhet | 新潟県南魚沼保健所 | 南魚保第7‐2
  • Språk: English, 日本語, 한국어
  • Svarsfrekvens: 100%
  • Svarstid: inom en timme
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