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Kyoto temple blends history and luxury with $9,100 overnight stays

Ninna-ji hopes to drum up much-needed revenue for preservation

Ninna-ji Temple's luxury residence was renovated at a cost of around $1.4 million.

TOKYO -- A millennium-old temple in Kyoto is offering travelers an exclusive overnight experience for a cool 1 million yen ($9,100), hoping to shore up its dwindling income by capitalizing on the city's booming tourism trade.

Ninna-ji Temple, which dates back to 888, is listed among UNESCO's World Heritage sites. To attract wealthy guests, it has renovated a traditional Japanese-style wooden residence on the grounds, a short walk from the main hall and five-story pagoda -- designated a national treasure and an important cultural property, respectively.

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