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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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Falfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We only had a one night stay at the Ekoin, but we could have definitely stayed for longer if there was time in the itinerary. Arriving on Koyasan via the cable car we hopped on a bus which dropped us off very near the front door of the temple. On arriving it is important to follow the Japanese tradition of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited Koyasan three times and each time I have had the pleasure of staying at the Ekoin. The rooms are very clean and the futons are toasty and comfortable. The paintings on the fusuma screens are exquisitely beautiful. Sure, the doors are not soundproof, but don't allow that to ruin your stay. Bring earplugs if this is going... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a change we decided to look into staying somewhere a little different. Whilst researching on various websites, we came across many people who had decided to spend a couple of days staying at a Buddhist Temple. Up until this point we weren't aware that it was such an easy thing to do. Due to various reviews and photos we... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We stayed here for one night in December 2015 and I think I picked a good monastery to stay in - it was very clean and well kept. Our room was quite large (compared to others that I had seen as we walked around the place) and was heated by a kerosene heater and a Kotatsu table that we made... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Experiencing an overnight stay in a Koyasan temple is a must. Ekoin run in in a simplistic manner, very much in tune with the religion. We follow precise instructions, from bathing, dinner & breakfast time. Otherwise, we are pretty much left to our own to do nothing. There is a meditation class at 430pm for foreigners in the main prayer... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

As far as an experience is concerned this is a really interesting place to stay. If you are looking for a traditional Japanese stay then it is perfect. The rooms are a square Japanese Washitsu; about 10 x 10 which are set up for tea during the day and sleep in the evening. We were served a vegetarian meal in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Loved Eko-In and staying up at Mt Koyasan! The temples in the area really were worth the trip to see and as it was the beginning of our trip we did appreciate them most. Accommodation was clean, friendly and food very interesting. We had better food elsewhere but it's the fire ceremony and meditation we were mostly here to experience.... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I stay in Ekoin for one night just yesterday, it was a pleasant experience and we love it. The vegetation food were surprisingly very good and refreshing. We also joined the morning meditation and fire ritual, very inspirational. Nobu-sama's night tour to okunoin was also very interesting and informational. We would visit again in the future, and... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Full disclosure: we had never been to Koyasan before and chose the Ekoin from reviews on this site in addition to guidebook recommendations. We were not disappointed. Our greeting was warm and our room was nicely done traditional Japanese. Everything was in the usual Japanese fashion very clean, including the shared bathroom down the hall and the hot baths. The... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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108 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Eko-in is well-located, between the centre of Koya-san and the atmospheric old cemetery. Guests are housed in well-maintained Japanese style rooms (with TV, wifi and heaters) in the main building or an annex. There are shared toilets and communal bathrooms, which can get crowded. The room rates include vegetarian dinner and breakfast, served in your room. Guests can join morning... More 

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