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Muryokoin

611 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0291, Japan
+81 736-56-2104
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Ranked #12 of 19 attractions in Koya-cho
Type: Religious Sites
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Uppsala, Sweden
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13 reviews 13 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

It's not the cheapest place to stay in Japan if you're travelling alone, like me. But I thought it was worth it. You get a look inside the daily workings of a Buddhist temple, you get to eat the food the monks eat, and you get the opportunity to experience the fire ceremony early in the morning. The food was... More

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Canberra
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136 reviews 136 reviews
42 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This was my 4th stay in Koyasan and 2nd stay at this shukubo. Each place has had its strengths and for me the strength of Muryoko-In was the morning ceremony and the good interaction with the monk who explained the process. During both visits they've performed a fire ceremony and we were able to participate by contributing our wish sticks... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Our modern reason for travel is tourism, looking for fun and interesting sights to see. Certainly, this is possible at Koyasan, but shukubo like Muryokoin were originally established for those on pilgrimage to the holy mountain. Thus Muryokoin and other shukubo are not hotels and shouldn't be judged as such. As an American Soto Zen practitioner I went to Koyasan... More

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Napa, California
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6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Muryokoin based on a recommendation from a Shikoku pilgrim who had visited there. While I am glad we visited, I wouldn't return. Things that were good: Muryokoin is close to the bus stop so one need not walk too far. Moreover, Koyasan is about 5-10 degrees cooler than places of lower elevation so is a good summer... More

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Canberra, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

In agreeance with some of the other reviewers here. We expected that we would be easily woken due to the nature of the walls and prayer timing, so were not annoyed by this. We imagine it's similar to other temples in that case, and something to generally expect if staying at traditional Japanese accommodation. The monks were quite friendly. And... More

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Caboolture, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay Muryokoin, and for me was a different way to unwind after a hectic few days. The monks were friendly and spoke adequate English. The website I booked this stay through, japaneseguesthouses.com, explained the do's and don'ts of Buddhist guesthouses, which was very helpful (otherwise I would have made a few faux passes). The vegetarian meals... More

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Canberra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This is not a place for night-owls - wonderful and diverse dishes, monk-delievered to our room by 6PM. Only action after this is a bath in onsen then to sleep on the tatami mat ready for 6AM meditation with the monks - and this was amazing and not to be missed! We had a good night's sleep despite the paper-thin... More

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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
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57 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Unconfortable is probably what a good expression for the night we stayed in the Muryokoin . The weather was not good, so we had to stay in our room longer then we wanted, but sitting on a cold floor, eating food which was not particularly well cooked, "sleeping" on a smal Tatami, no, we did not enjoy our stay. We... More

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Patra
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is the first temple I spent a night in a temple, so I cannot compare it to anything else, but I will compare it to a ryokan. I arrived at 2pm, check in was at 3pm, so I left my baggage on the corridor. The monk who greeted me spoke ok English. He told me to be there before... More

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D.C.
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10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

If you can stand the smell of latrine snaking its way down the hallway, and after polluting the first floor going up to the second floor, through the screens, and into your soup, then this may be ok for you. If not, do yourself a huge favor and skip this place. I went in early November and can't imagine how... More

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