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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
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a typical Japanese accomodation in a lovely place. The room that I was in was very simple and small. I could peek into some other rooms and they were definetely larger. Still, it was comfortable. I was there early March and it was cold. Other than the electric heater under the table, there was a kerosene heater in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip to Koyasan was already a nice experience. In the train we were wondering where we would end up. The bus from the train station, dropped us off close to the temple. We were early so we had to spend some time in the village first, before we could go to our room. The village is not very special,... More 

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navan, ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The temple is wonderful . It was very cold when we were there but there was a heater in the room and the futons were roasting . The corridors were cold but that's part of the experience that you are there for. The monks are working and go about their work quickly and efficiently, lovely to watch. You should go... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

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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27 helpful votes 27 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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