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Ekoin Temple, Koyasan

497 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0201, Wakayama Prefecture
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Way too cold, we stayed in the beginning of february. This was very expensive at around 90usd/11000yen per person, per night. That is without including the travel cost to get there, we had the JR pass and used that as much as possible but still had to pay a lot to get there in our opinion. We thought it would... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the accommodations at Ekoin temple. They are run by monks who are associated with the temple. They were clean, simple and well presented. I've never stayed anywhere quite like this, and it was a lovely experience. It might have been the cosy futon, or the fluffy cloud-like quilt, or the quiet, cool atmosphere, but it was of... More 

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Isle of Man, UK
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The temple is a traditional Japanese ryokan. As such there are no mod cons like central heating and private bathrooms, if you want those don't come here. You are however provided with a kerosene heater in your room. The temple is in a super location for the cemetery which is just incredible. It's a 5 minute walk down the road.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

(I stayed there sep. 2012)This Temple and Monks are absolutely gorgeous! After visiting bustling cities and sleeping in small rooms or hostels this place gave me the feeling of finally arriving at the quiet side of Japan. Although we only stayed 2 days, I could really regain a lot of energy and find some inner peace. Koya itself is a... More 

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Deventer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

When on the mountain a stay in a temple is highly recommended, as we do not often have the opportunity to do so. There are 60 or so temples to choose from. We chose the Ekoin because of it proximity to the graveyard Ukono-in. Location: Close to the Ukono-in graveyard. One of the reasons to visit Koya-san and it is... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Only just came to writing this 6 months after the event! I stupidly left $3000 in a travel belt in one of the toilets of this Temple, only realising when I was almost at the cable cart to travel back down the mountain. Before panic set in the bus ground to a halt as two Buddhist monks driving a battered... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This was my one and only temple-stay experience on an otherwise hostel/backpacking trip. But I have to say this place was really worth it. The monks who run the place are welcoming and easy to talk with. The rooms are beautiful, and the many activities and events you can take part in are all fascinating and enjoyable. I stayed here... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Koya-san was below freezing in November, but our room in Ekoin was perfectly cozy thanks to the kerosene heater (the paper walls have plenty of ventilation) and electric blankets provided. Accommodations are very basic, but not at all uncomfortable (in fact, we later stayed at hotels we enjoyed much less). Guests sleep on tatami mats and futons, not spring mattresses.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

After a smoother-than-expected trip up to Koya-san, we arrived at Ekoin (stop 9 on the town bus) around lunchtime expecting to drop our bags off until check in time. We were immediately shown to our room, which was much bigger than expected. with a small little room attached to the tatami room with two chairs. I really appreciated that as... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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16 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay in the Ekoin Temple lodging. The buildings and grounds are lovely, especially with the maple leaves turning red. Everything was clean and well cared for. Our rooms were very spacious and comfortable, once we got used to sitting on cushions on the floor. The staff comes after dinner and lays out the futons... More 

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Address: 497 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0201, Wakayama Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Wakayama Prefecture > Ito-gun > Koya-cho
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Number of rooms: 29
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