Our stay at Ichijoin was a highlight of our visit to Japan. The temple is in a lovely old building, with a beautiful garden made even more special by the autumn leaves. Our room was one of the less expensive ones without private facilities, but it was very spacious and comfortable. The shared toilets and washbasins were modern and spotlessly clean and, even though the accommodation seemed to be nearly full, we hardly encountered anyone else using them. The shared men's and women's baths were lovely, with large pools and great facilities.
The vegetarian meals used seasonal ingredients and were delicious - they were beautifully presented and served in our room. Dinner is at 5.30pm, which was not a problem for us, but does mean that it is necessary to plan to arrive by 5pm at the latest.
The morning prayer service at 6am is very interesting and impressive and also provides an opportunity to see inside the main prayer hall.
Ichijoin's location near the centre of the village means that it is possible to walk to all the main sights but there are also two bus stops within a couple of minutes walk.
The journey to Koyasan is not a quick one since it involves train(s), cable car and bus, but the scenery in the later sections is very attractive and Koyasan itself is beautiful and unspoilt, despite the large number of tourists and pilgrims. We would strongly recommend a visit there and a stay at Ichijoin.
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