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Ekoin Temple, Koyasan

497 Koya-cho, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0201, Japan
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    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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Alberta, Canada
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120 reviews 120 reviews
29 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I don't know why but I was expecting the area to be a bit less touristy than it is; if you've been to Banff, Canada, it kind of has that feel to it. We're definitely glad we stayed at this temple, even if it felt a bit strange that almost every other guest was also a visiting foreigner. The monks... More

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Cinisello Balsamo, Italy
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is very nice if you want try the "shukubo" experience; it's near the Okunoin cemetery and near the bus stop, and the rooms are clean, wide and very nice; the same is for the onsen and the garden. You could dislike their vegetarian food even if you are vegetarian, especially at breakfast. The early morning rituals are exciting... More

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Milan, Italy
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We slept by Ekoin only one night and for me it was enough, because I don’t like so much to share bathroom and toilette, but the place is really great! Full of quiet and peace. Some people wrote it is quiet touristic, but I don’t think the same. Monks are really kind and they speak a little bit of English.... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The train ride to Koyasan is beautiful and peaceful. When I arrived at the Eco-in temple I found it to be so special and much more that I expected. The buildings are simple and beautiful, as was my room. I wish that I booked the place for 2 nights for the meditation lesson, the prayer ceremonies, the delicious vegetarian meals,... More

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Barcelona, Spain
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The temple itself is incredible, as are the tatami rooms (our had a fantastic view on the garden). The the young staff is all kindness and attention, and it is conveniently located near the bus stop (#9 - Karukayado-mae stop, on the orange Daimon Okunoin-mae line) and near Okunoin cementery (3 minutes away walking). The peacefulness and quietness of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stayed at Ekoin one night with my husband and we enjoyed a lot. Lots of explanations provided in English, so you can learn lots of things that are done in the temple. The location is very good, near the Oku-no-in entrance. We enjoyed the food, it was different but good. We participated in the ceremonies and activities for visitors... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stayed one night at Eko-in in Koyasan. Getting to Koyasan is a mission, as others have written. It took many trains and several hours from Nara. Koyasan is a famous part of Japan as this is where the school of esoteric Buddhism is based. There are many lodgings, called Shubuko, which are temples converted to house guests. Shubuko are... More

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Holladay, Utah
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

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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17 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

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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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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