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The 10 best temple getaways for family vacations in Japan

'Shukubo' inns let kids meditate Zen-style and parents stay clear of city noise

"Zen concierges" at Hakujukan help guests with meditation postures.

TOKYO -- Are the stresses of city life getting on your nerves? How about escaping for a few days to a tranquil temple or shrine in the countryside?

Japanese places of worship have long offered accommodations to devotees and pilgrims, but now more are making it easier for tourists to stay at lodgings called shukubo, with some actively courting families by offering kid-friendly Zen meditation, for example.

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