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606 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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Toronto, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Ichijo-in for one night in Mt. Koya. The accommodation is a working monastery, and your hosts are the monks. We arrived late morning, and took the bus from the station into town. The helpful guide at the station told us which stop to get off at for the Ichijo-in. A word to the wise, there is... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a pleasant surprise! This Buddhist temple/hotel was not only very beautiful and comfortable accommodations but also a wonderful cultural experience. It was slightly difficult to find as it was only signed in Japanese (I do not speak or read Japanese). We were greeted by an apprentice monk who spoke fluent English and introduced us to the temple/hotel and our... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We arrived in the afternoon after a morning snowfall so Koyosan was very picturesque. The stay in the monastery was superb, and our room overlooked the garden and pond. There was tea on arrival and the vegetarian dinner was prepared in exquisite detail, very tasty. The hot bath after an evening walk was superb. The morning prayers was a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Mt Koya is a beautiful place which I would highly recommend going to. Ichijoin definitely complimented the beautiful location. The two of us booked the cheapest room as we are students and were expecting a small, cosy and simple room. We were pleasantly surprised by the large space, cleanliness, amenities and even by the on-suite bathroom! The temple has a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I was expecting something a bit more ascetic for a Buddhist temple but from the moment one of the monks came out to greet us in perfectly fluent English I knew things weren't quite what they seemed. We arrived just as snow was beginning to fall in early January. The temple is a short jaunt from the Koyasan town center... More 

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We were so impressed with our stay at Ichijoin in April 2013, words cannot convey. The room we had booked had to be given to an older lady as she could not access hers. The monks offered a sincere apology and an incredible and unexpected upgrade to one of their nicest suites. We were blown away by the beauty of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We stayed at Ichijoin last week as the final night of a fortnight long holiday in Japan. We found the property to be exceptional and the experience a real highlight of our trip. Our room was beautiful, spotlessly clean with every detail attended to. Our hosts were friendly, helpful and explained everything to us in very good English. The garden... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We spent one night at Ichijoin and it was lovely. After a week of traveling, we were in need of a break. We had dinner served in our room at 5.30 and it was gorgeous. The detail in each dish is truly fascinating. After dinner, we used the onsen, which was very relaxing. Whilst we washed, our futons were arranged... More 

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Belmont, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I hesitate to repeat all of the high points from reviews already shared, but suffice it to say we had a wonderful experience at Ichijoin. This was our first trip to Japan and as such our first shukubo as well. We'd never stayed in a ryokan prior either, so the concept of combining the traditional lodging with the temple environment... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Had a great time staying at Ichijoin. The monks were very friendly and spoke english well. The Monastery is located near the center of town so shops and restaurants are within walking distance. The dinner and breakfast was beautifully presented and delicious. Don't miss morning prayer service, its such a surreal experience.

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Address: 606 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Wakayama Prefecture > Ito-gun > Koya-cho
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Number of rooms: 23
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