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Ekoin Temple, Koyasan

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497 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0201, Wakayama Prefecture
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the area is turisty, thr atmosphere is magic. This monastery is great located next to the cementery, with a monk speaking perfect english and with many possibilities around the are, including a frre meditation session. Rooms, foodand staff was above our expectations, and i strongly recommend this monasyery to feel the essence of koyasan. Without doubt a great choice.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed at ekoin for 2 nights in June. Think a lot of the attraction of the place is the ease of booking in comparison with most places in town. This, plus a good LP write up, brings with it the expectation of it being a bit of a tourist trap or at the very least pretty busy. Surprisingly this wasn't... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of 5 of us decided to stay here based on the photos and reviews about the temple. The property itself is stunning, set amongst tranquil gardens in the gorgeous area of koyasan. The rooms are beautifully decorated in Japanese style and offer all mod cons u should need for your night stay. Bathrooms are shared though but they... More 

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Spring Branch, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 2 nights here and loved every minute of our stay. Our room was perfect, the food was excellent! We had both breakfast and dinner during our stay. The gardens and landscaping around this temple are peaceful and lovely. The shared bathrooms were kept clean, relaxing in the hot spring bath was wonderful! We attended the morning memorial service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This place was exactly what I thought it would be. We somehow ended up with a double room which was really cool. The bath is public, so just prepare yourself for that (men and women separated of course). The food was good and the monks were very very accommodating. They do a night walk through the cemetery which I highly... More 

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Doncaster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We recently stayed here for 1 night in May. Our room was room 2. The room had a lovely balcony area with access to the gardens, footwear provided. The experience of Ekion was brilliant, the food and the service were exactly that different Japanese experience we were after. We booked through booking.com and got a great price for 1 night... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

WE arrived late just before dinner. The monks helped us carrying our luggage and set up our room. I guessed we had the last room in the temple as it was next to the toilet and we could hear people going there at night. But it was nice too as we went to toilet heaps too. Hahah Everything you have... More 

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We knew we had to go back again.....so we did! Another few nights and as wonderful as the first time. This time with friends and we were given two adjoining rooms that could offer both privacy or togetherness as required! Too much snow this time for the evening walk but still a great experience. Our visit was Feb 14 but... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Not sure what to make of this place... Let's start with the positives; location. This temple is based in the stunning surroundings of Koyosan, just a few hundred metres from the extraordinary Oku-no-in. For this reason alone, the temple has merit. It's also half board, meaning you have breakfast and evening meals catered for; not the best food we've eaten... More 

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Auburn,CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Koyasan has a worldwide reputation as one of the most revered Buddhist sites in Japan. The Ekoin Temple is a part of over 100 temples at Koyosan and in its mountainous setting is normally reached by funicular. The accommodations at the temple, called shubuko, were traditionally Japanese, including Japanese style baths, and rooms with lovely views into the garden. We... More 

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