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Sekishoin

571 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This has been a delightful temple- stay experience. Our room was very comfortable with big, down -filled bedding on a futon in a traditional, tatami -matted room. The garden outlook on the second floor was beautiful. The 6.30 ceremony with chanting monks and a small gift and blessing from the head monk was well worth the early rise. Delicious, authentic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great room on the ground floor, with a sitting room overlooking the beautiful pond in the garden (the Moon room). This came with a private toilet and bathroom, and a comfortable heater. We slept -- but I must say more correctly we slept hardly -- on a futon on the floor. The room looked not as clean... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first experience with the temple stay in japan and we were thoroughly impressed. The food was excellent and the rooms were quite clean and big. We had a garden view room on the first floor and it had amazing view. The beddings were quite clean and comfortable (contrary to some of the other reviews) and it's very... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

It was a great experience to sleep in a temple. You need to leave the shoes at the entrance of the temple. We got to sleep in traditional Japanese beds on the floor, having a small table in the room where we sat with cushions on the floor. We had traditional dinner and breakfast in the temple as well. At... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I had great ambivalence about this stay at Koyasan with my wife because of mixed reviews. And I did not want the most expensive temple ryokan in Koyasan because I think temples should not be luxurious. I found the accomodation at Sekishoin acceptable. I had no trouble keeping warm and clean even though we did not use the bath. The... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I stayed at two temples in Koyasan. I thought this one might not be great, given some of the other Tripadvisor reviews, and well... I was right! I booked it anyway as it was the only one I could find with availability for the night I needed. This temple is very dated, run down and not very clean - large... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

When you walk in the front, you take off your shoes and place them in the shoe rack. Then you wear house slippers to walk around inside. The check-in area is a rustic room just off the front entrance. You sign up on a sign-in sheet. The staff look like priests and they speak a fair amount of English. My... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Nice shukubo (accommodation facility that is part of a Japanese temple or shrine) in Koyasan. A place that I really appreciated. In Koyasan rooms are much more expensive than in the rest of Japan (we paid ~120 euro for a double tatami style room with private restroom and shower) but it really worth it. The structure is furnished with an... More 

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Corbeil-Essonnes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Sekishoin is a very good temple, the people who take care of you are very friendly and helpful, meals are very good and the room simply but nice (and I don't speak when it's with view on the japanese garden).

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Tempe, Arizona
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Went here with friends and overall it was an okay experience. I will say the futons felt a bit thin, to al all of us but we had a lovely view of the temple garden from a room on the 2nd floor and attending the morning Buddhist ceremony was a fun experience. I would not recommend staying more than one... More 

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