Arrow Artboard Created with Sketch. Artboard Created with Sketch. Title Chevron Title Chevron Icon Facebook Icon Linkedin Icon Mail Contact Path Layer Icon Mail Positive Arrow Icon Print Sharing Economy 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)
MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer July 18, 2018 20:44 JST | Japan
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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