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Ekoin Temple, Koyasan

497 Koyasan, 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
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was my one and only temple-stay experience on an otherwise hostel/backpacking trip. But I have to say this place was really worth it. The monks who run the place are welcoming and easy to talk with. The rooms are beautiful, and the many activities and events you can take part in are all fascinating and enjoyable. I stayed here... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Koya-san was below freezing in November, but our room in Ekoin was perfectly cozy thanks to the kerosene heater (the paper walls have plenty of ventilation) and electric blankets provided. Accommodations are very basic, but not at all uncomfortable (in fact, we later stayed at hotels we enjoyed much less). Guests sleep on tatami mats and futons, not spring mattresses.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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40 hotel reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a smoother-than-expected trip up to Koya-san, we arrived at Ekoin (stop 9 on the town bus) around lunchtime expecting to drop our bags off until check in time. We were immediately shown to our room, which was much bigger than expected. with a small little room attached to the tatami room with two chairs. I really appreciated that as... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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16 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay in the Ekoin Temple lodging. The buildings and grounds are lovely, especially with the maple leaves turning red. Everything was clean and well cared for. Our rooms were very spacious and comfortable, once we got used to sitting on cushions on the floor. The staff comes after dinner and lays out the futons... More 

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18 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Ekoin temple was an interesting experience and a lovely place to stay. People go to Koyasan to to experience what it's like to live in a Shinto temple and experience what it's like to be a monk for a day. Staying there you get all the elements, evening meditation, vegetarian meal, morning prayers and fire ceremony. I think that's pretty... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautiful temple lodging. Great food. Lovely setting. Comfortable sleeping accommodation. Very peaceful. Would highly recommend it. Includes free internet and was the highlight of Japan for us. Would stay here again.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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56 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Ekoin is the most popular temple lodging amongst tourists. And no wonder. The monks are conversant in English, the temple offers free wifi and a number of tourist-friendly services such as: personalized fire ceremony, copying scripture and a night tour of the cemetery. The rituals are excellent - well worth the early morning wake-up call. The rooms are adequate -... More 

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Seremban, Malaysia
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11 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This temple provides the 'real' experience of staying in a temple lodging which is different from the ryokan staying. The whole atmosphere and surroundings was splendid, and it's good for those who are looking for somewhere which is out of town and a place for mind relaxing. Located near the main attraction of Koya-san, the Okuin Temple, as well as... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Ekoin is a very nice temple complex, where tourists can stay and experience some temple life. They can receive a short and basic introduction into meditation and they can witness two spiritual morning rituals with the monks. All three of which were very interesting and impressive. At some nights, they offer a walk over the famous cemetery with interesting explanations... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Ekoin is a beautiful complex staffed by very nice people! They are very helpful in both your average tourist questions as in explaining meditation and esoteric Buddhism. They even offer a night tour on the Oku-no-In which was very interesting. The rooms feel very luxurious and the food was nice too.

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