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Japan's temples to open their doors as tourist lodging

Booking.com, Rakuten link with startup to lure foreign visitors to Buddhist sites

The lodgings offered through Wa-Qoo will include this temple in Shiga Prefecture.  (Photo by Aya Onishi)

TOKYO -- Japanese temples are offering their facilities as tourist accommodation, an initiative aimed at wooing foreigners to rural Japan.

Many Buddhist temples in Japan are struggling with falling attendances, a declining local economy and waning incomes. The initiative could turn their fortunes around.

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