Zofukuin Temple

Zofukuin Temple, Koya-cho

Zofukuin Temple
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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20 reviews
Very good

Toronto, Canada15 contributions
Beautiful setting
Oct 2019 • Friends
We enjoyed a 2 night temple stay. The traditional rooms were comfortable with futons and we had a small sitting area with a sliding door that allowed for a view to the beautiful garden.

The temple supplies you with towels and a yukata. Everything is spotless and we never had to wait for the communal bathrooms. There is also a fairly large common bath which is great for tired muscles at the end of the day.

Breakfast and dinner were included and was absolutely delicious.

It is a bit on the expensive side but we did it as our splurge because we really wanted to stay in a temple for a couple of nights.
I would recommend joining the morning prayers at 630 am before breakfast. It is a wonderful way to start the day.
Written October 25, 2019
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Usha T
Mumbai, India41 contributions
Residing in a Buddhist temple
Apr 2018 • Family
In Koyasan we stayed two days/2 nights, 1st at Daienin and 2nd at Zofukuin. It’s a novel experience and unique in every way! We remove our shoes outside and wear the leather slippers they provide. Our rooms are simple with minimum stuff yet very elegant. Bed on the floor, breath taking view of the garden from the window. Food vegetarian but Japanese style eaten sitting on cushions with food on low tables. Full meal is kept ready and all have it at 5.30 in the evening. Breakfast at 7 am. Buddhist prayers at 6 and 6.30 am respectively. Bath? It’s the best part....common bathroom. There are two rooms, in the outer one you leave all your clothes on shelves provided. Step in and there are low stools for sitting to take shower and we use the soap kept there. After the shower you step into a very hot water pool with steps. Sit and relax, mingle and talk. No one seems embarrassed! Step out go back to the 1st room, use the small towels kept there, dress and leave! Awkward? I was horrified at the thought but decided couldn’t do without shower. Enjoyed it to the hilt. After the hot water soak one feels invigorated, light and full of bursting energy. So much so we decided to go for a night visit to the lighted cemetery.
The monks take care of everything and are most helpful and friendly. They reach out to make the guests comfortable. But the best part of Koyasan is it’s cemetery which spreads for acres and acres. All small and big monumentsdating back from 8th century to this 21stone. It’s incredibly well maintained and the winding path with conifers hundreds of years old is spell binding. First day we spent a couple of hours during afternoon and next night we went after dark when the cement lamps on both sides of the path are switched on. Visitors come but out of respect maintain silence, but few come at night. It’s a stupefying, captivating sight, enthralling beyond words. This path leads one to two adjacent temples that are closed at that hour but on all four sides have beautiful filigreed lamps, identical in size, thousands of them all lighted and aglow casting a golden spell, aura which no words can describe. It the most interesting and intriguing a cemetery and we felt so much at peace that we were reluctant to return to our temple which close their gates at 10 and 9 pm respectively.
Did we really go to Koyasan? Or was it a dream? We went around several world heritage monuments too, hundreds of years old but impeccably maintained. Would love to go back for the deep sense of calm and peace we experienced. A must go for folks visiting Japan.
Written May 4, 2018
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Frankfurt, Germany88 contributions
Beautiful location, good vegan food, cold building, too expensive, onsen closed in the morning.
Nov 2017 • Couples
Plus: Beautiful silent location, nice garden, very close to the center of Koyasan. Gas heating in the room, electric blanket under the futon mattress. Good vegan cuisine but many cold dishes. You can join the morning devotion held by a few monks for their guests.

Minus: Overall cold building, we stayed there mid November, all rooms are not heated except the guest rooms and dining room. Onsen is closed in the morning, only open in the evening. In the morning you can only wash yourself in a shared washroom which is unheated and very cold. The guest rooms are in the monastery but separate, we had not the feeling to be part of the monastery. 21.600 JPY for one night is too expensive (including dinner and breakfast, 2 people).
Written December 8, 2017
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Lugano, Switzerland38 contributions
Enjoyed our stay and the area
Jul 2017
We really had a nice time at Zofukuin. The monks were extremely friendly and accommodating. We had a traditional room for two people.
The bathing facilities were simple but nice and very clean. Rather than there being two baths for males and females, the time each gender can go alternates by the hour. It was open from 16:00-21:00 which was fine for us.
Although we didn't dine there, it is possible to. We also enjoyed the morning prayer ceremony and slept very peacefully listening to the water flowing in the pond outside.
A trip to Koyasan with traditional lodging is highly recommended.
Written July 19, 2017
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