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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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    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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Spring Branch, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent 2 nights here and loved every minute of our stay. Our room was perfect, the food was excellent! We had both breakfast and dinner during our stay. The gardens and landscaping around this temple are peaceful and lovely. The shared bathrooms were kept clean, relaxing in the hot spring bath was wonderful! We attended the morning memorial service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was exactly what I thought it would be. We somehow ended up with a double room which was really cool. The bath is public, so just prepare yourself for that (men and women separated of course). The food was good and the monks were very very accommodating. They do a night walk through the cemetery which I highly... More 

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Doncaster
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently stayed here for 1 night in May. Our room was room 2. The room had a lovely balcony area with access to the gardens, footwear provided. The experience of Ekion was brilliant, the food and the service were exactly that different Japanese experience we were after. We booked through booking.com and got a great price for 1 night... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WE arrived late just before dinner. The monks helped us carrying our luggage and set up our room. I guessed we had the last room in the temple as it was next to the toilet and we could hear people going there at night. But it was nice too as we went to toilet heaps too. Hahah Everything you have... More 

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We knew we had to go back again.....so we did! Another few nights and as wonderful as the first time. This time with friends and we were given two adjoining rooms that could offer both privacy or togetherness as required! Too much snow this time for the evening walk but still a great experience. Our visit was Feb 14 but... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not sure what to make of this place... Let's start with the positives; location. This temple is based in the stunning surroundings of Koyosan, just a few hundred metres from the extraordinary Oku-no-in. For this reason alone, the temple has merit. It's also half board, meaning you have breakfast and evening meals catered for; not the best food we've eaten... More 

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Auburn,CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Koyasan has a worldwide reputation as one of the most revered Buddhist sites in Japan. The Ekoin Temple is a part of over 100 temples at Koyosan and in its mountainous setting is normally reached by funicular. The accommodations at the temple, called shubuko, were traditionally Japanese, including Japanese style baths, and rooms with lovely views into the garden. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The price is more reasonable than other temples in Koyasan. The location is good - very near to the major tourist attraction in Koyasan and walking distance from the main bus stop. Loved the meditation, fire ritual and the food was so interesting and varied - not all to my taste but delicious. Graveyard walking tour (booked on request) was... More 

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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