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Ekoin Temple, Koyasan

497 Koya-cho, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0201, Japan
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Holladay, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Koyasan is an amazing place, and our visit there was greatly enriched by staying at Ekoin Temple. Run by Buddhist monks, it is spotless, beautifully situated, and in a wonderful location as it is very close to Okunoin Cemetery - one of the most spiritual places I have visited on the planet. Staying at Ekoin is an experience, not a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Liked Ekoin, didn't love it. Pros: - Very close to Okunoin Cemetery. Walking that cemetery was the highlight of my trip to Japan - Nice view of wooded courtyard from my room; windows that opened so I could feel the breeze, hear the birds - Unique dinner. I didn't care for all dishes, but there was a lot of variety... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The temple is active and the monks host turists as a form of making money. Regardless of that, having stayed at Ekoin was a rewarding experience and an exciting way of learning a bit about meditation and buddhist habits, cousine and ceremonies. The rooms are clean, very Japanese style with paper walls. Breakfast and dinner are included and served on... More

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New York City, New York
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12 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Beautiful temple on an amazing location, spotless and a great opportunity to interact with the monks and learn about Japanese Buddhism. BUT If you are looking for a Buddhist retreat this is not the place. Ekoin is an active temple that figured out a way of making money by having tourists around. However, you do get to participate in their... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

What an experience to stay the night here. Dinner on tatami mats in the room, night walk over cemetery, sleep on floor, morning fire ceremony. A very friendly place to say and well worth the massive detour from Kyoto.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We had traveled to Koya-san from Osaka and the journey was, in an overused word...epic. It took us 5-6 hours via bullet and local trains, a funicular up the mountain, and bus to get to there. We had 4 big luggages between the two of us (snowboard gear) and dragging that up and down the stairs/road was exhausting. We were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

let's be honest : it is a monastery but also a hotel. The monks are used to receiving turists and it does not seem as a spiritual experience as you may had planned. Nevertheless the calm of the place, the initiation to calligraphy, to vegetarian japanese meals, to the budhist ceremonies ... makes it anyway a unique experience. The one... More

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London, United Kingdom
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Peaceful and very welcoming temple stay, with quiet, comfortable rooms in a beautiful setting. The temple is conveniently located in Koya-san for all of the valley's beautiful sights. The opportunity to take meditation classes and observe some of the ceremonies is also very welcome. Great vegetarian food and free wi-fi.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We just loved staying here, lovely staff, unique experience with the yoga class, morning praying, fire ceremony, japanese bath, typical japanese monastery room and breakfast/dinner. Beautiful place, nice garden, excelent location steps form the cemetery and bus stop. Alexandre and Renata Gomes, Brasil

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London, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Loved staying traditional Buddhist style at the Eko-in. The monks are friendly and accommodating ( and some speak very good English). Our room was beautiful, overlooking the gardens and made for a peaceful nights sleep. We also took part in the meditation, morning prayer and fire ritual services as this only adds to the experience of staying in a traditional... More

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Address: 497 Koya-cho, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0201, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Wakayama Prefecture > Ito-gun > Koya-cho
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【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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