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Ekoin Temple

497 Koya-cho, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0201, Japan
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The monastery is really nice and well located in the middle of the small town where you could easly walk to all the attactions. Food is amazing and the moncs are really friendly. During the night it gets cold but the kotatsu table and the onsen are really helpful. Take some warm clothes. To me it was a great experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Is staying in a temple that unique. No. IRS run as a hotel so does not feel spiritual at all. Expensive, and food is not sufficient or satisfactory. Disappointing stay. Sure it's nice to see a couple of ceremonies for the tourist. Stay down the road at the guest house for one third of the price and u still can... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I just don't begin to understand where any poor reviews have come from for this shukubo (buddhist monastery) accommodation. The welcome was warm (though as other reviews have mentioned, these people are also busy working and running an active teaching facility so don't expect absolute focus on your needs 24/7). The food was exquisite, if outside of most people's comfort... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

booked thru this website http://www.ekoin.jp/en/ and they served the best tofu i have ever tried. I have tried the so called "koyasan tofu" in Osaka after my trip to koyasan but it didnt come close to what i have here. The monk that entertain us speak good English so language is not a problem. It is very close to the... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

As I was researching about where to visit in Japan, I came upon Koya-san - this was to be the "must see" of our trip and the town - and Ekoin Templte - did not disappoint. We stumbled on Ekoin Temple through an accommodation booking website but it was everything we had hoped for in a temple stay and more... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Actually we were stay around 2011. It was interesting experience, first time sleep in tatami style, japanese traditional room. The food was delicious whether it was vegetarian. I had a difficult time when to go to bathroom. It was sharing bathroom-separate between man and woman-uncomfortable or me. We had experience morning pray. Recommended

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

My husband and I stayed at this Shukubo in November 2013 and we LOVED it. The location is remote enough to create the illusion of (or reality of) seclusion and change from the hustle and bustle of typical Japan (Tokyo being an example in mind). The temple was clean and the monks were very polite and helpful. The food was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

that was interesting experience. i need to advice that lots. vegetarian food of course, so so...the morning pray, monks wit internet, with nice cars. the room was typical japanese, we got heating fan. the bathrooms separate, very very nice. the view stunning. close to the cemetery in which is nice temple. lots tourist. on the mountain u will go by... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Staying at a temple in Koysan is a unique experience and very different compared to the rest of my visit to Japan. Eko-in is located near the Okunoin cemetery. There are two main bus routes, and the there is bus stop very close to the temple. Pick up a map at the bus station. It was easy to find. On... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Stayed for 1 night (~AU200/night booked direct) Good: - a great experience - good location for exploring Koyasan - friendly monks - delicious vegetarian meals (dinner and breakfast) included - free WiFi Not so good: - nothing to fault

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Ekoin Temple Hotel
Ekoin Temple Hotel Koya-Cho
Address: 497 Koya-cho, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0201, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Wakayama Prefecture > Ito-gun > Koya-cho
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #7 of 38 Specialty lodging in Koya-cho
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
【History of Ekoin】A 1000 year-old Buddhist temple, Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in offers Japanese-style accommodation, a beautiful garden, and free Wi-Fi. Guests are free to attend Buddhist morning services, the Goma fire ritual and meditation.【Rooms&Facilities】Rooms feature tatami-mat floors, traditional futon beds and paper sliding screens. They are fitted with an LCD TV and a safe. Bathroom facilities are shared, and the public baths are open only from 4 pm-10 pm daily.【Meals】Meals are served at the guest room at scheduled times and feature Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. Groups of more than 4 people dine at the Japanese-style dining room, where chairs can be provided upon advance request.【Surroundings】Shukubo Temple is close to other ancient Buddhist buildings such as Kongobu-ji Temple, which is a 10 minute walk. The Ichi-no-Hashi entrance to the ancient Okuno-In Temple is a 3 minute walk away.*Guests can experience group meditation, and they can write Buddhist texts with a brush and ink on scrolls at their room. They can also go hiking in the scenic surroundings of Koya-san Eko-in. The temple has a lounge with a computer corner. ... more   less 
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