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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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Ottawa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place. The vegan meals were delicious and actually quite generous. The cemetery walk in the evening is a must do. It's also interesting to go back and see the cemetery in the daytime to get a different perspective. I also really enjoyed the meditation session offered by the temple. I felt I learned something useful that... More 

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London
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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to visit Ekoin during my holiday in Japan with three of my Japanese friends (they booked the stay) and an English friend who was also visiting around the same time. We shared one of their guest rooms. We arrived there late afternoon and stayed one night. I truly enjoyed the whole experience although I don't belong to any... More 

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Dublin
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62 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

"Spending a night in a temple with monks" ... I think it sounds a lot better in theory than in reality. It wasn't an unpleasant experience but definitely not worth the money. The food was good, and the monks (that I saw) seemed friendly. The morning prayers and fire ritual were a little disappointing. It was nice to do something... More 

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Hanoi
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The temple is located very close to the cementary and in itself very calm and beautiful. The vegetarian food they serve is very good and even the small portions are sufficient. On the downside, the mediation was done a bit touristy and not really explained well. We enjoyed our 1 night there.

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

If you want a video of monks doing something cool with fire for Facebook, this is the place for you; if you want a spiritual experience or a real taste of Buddhism head elsewhere. It feels extremely commercial and if the morning ceremonies aren't meant as tourist shows then that's what they've become. But please don't let this put you... More 

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Erding, Germany
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13 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Really enjoyed it here during Sakura time in 2015. The food the monks served was fresh, tasty, delicious. And the overnight stay was more or less included, if you want to see it that way! Pros: Dinner & Breakfast incl. in room price Cons: Nothing to do with the food but:, Mediation offering had been cancelled.

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

POSITIVES: The cable car ride to top of mountain The cemetery just outside door of temple lodging. The temple is really lovely, The painted walls in entrance area are beautiful Attending the Buddhist ceremony in the morning was enchanting. The real highlight for me was the fire ceremony. It is definitely a must and worth getting up for. The bath... More 

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千葉
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

One of the best temple lodging to experience Japanese Buddhism. We saw many foreign travellers. Temple staff (young monk) speak English. Meditation , morning service in Buddhist style are free to charge. Night walking tour into sanctuary is very mysterious experience. Buddhist vegitarian cuisine (Shojin Ryori) is healthy, and Sake is OK! Hot bath is clean and you can enjoy... More 

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Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I was so excited, as I knew, that one can sleep in the temple on Koya-san! When you arrive, you get instructions from friendly monks, who speak unbelievably good English. Beware if you have trunks! There are some high steps on the way to the rooms. You can participate in the normal life of the temple: some rituals in the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Eye opener! The rooms in the temple grounds are of those traditional Ryokan with Futon, tatami mat etc. There's a curfew set in the temple so no activities after 11pm. The food are all served vegetarian. As the Buddhist monks do not consume meat and the temple is considered holy ground. The meals served although vegetarian are one of the... More 

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