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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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Hanoi
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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11 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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19 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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55 helpful votes 55 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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45 helpful votes 45 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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Toronto, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

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 March 7, 2015

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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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