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571 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun 648-0211 Wakayama Prefecture
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 08/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#31 of 52 Specialty lodging in Koya-cho
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Sekisho-in is one of the remaining 157 Shingon temples that make up Mount. Koya. Koyasan has a 1200 year history. It is the birthplace of Shingon Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. Sekisho-in is one of only 53 temples in Koyasan that offer temple lodging to guests. 10 years ago Koyasan became World Heritage. Due to that change there has been an abrupt influx of western tourists and rapid decline of pilgrims. We hope that visiting guests understand basic Shukubo etiquette before they bless us with there stay here.
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Free parking
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
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Non-smoking hotel
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Mountain view
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English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai

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eur0peankiwi wrote a review Aug 2020
Saitama, Japan327 contributions46 helpful votes
We stayed here for 1 night during the Japanese Obon holiday. The temple is huge, it has about 80 rooms, but only 5 were occupied when we were there. Its location is great, only a 3min walk to Okutoin cemetery. Our room was nice, even we got a free upgrade, so we had our toilet and bath inside. The food was all right, various tofu, vegetarian dishes and also had beer served. The only thing I didn't really get is the morning ceremony. We had to sit on benches, not on the floor. Maybe it is just me, but I didn't really get the feeling of it. Also the monks wore T-shirts and tracksuits during the day, it also didn't really help to get that 'special spiritual feeling'. Anyway, it was a decent stay, the place is nice, its garden is beautiful and the head monk is really helpful. Would stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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dje582016 wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia49 contributions26 helpful votes
I enjoyed my stay. I stayed here new year's eve - and it was a full house! My room had an ensuite - comprising a bath room , a separate hand basin and separate toilet. I had a view over the garden. The walls between the rooms are solid, but not sound proofed - so be prepared to hear neighbours somewhat - though it wasn't too bad. (and I'm fussy). Earplugs will help. Breakfast and dinner were communal and fabulous - the highlight of my stay here. I think the en-suite rooms might be a better option for those wishing to have a bit more comfort.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: en-suite will make life more comfortable and flexible
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DT8 wrote a review Dec 2019
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This was the first time that my wife and I had stayed in a real temple on Mount Koya, although we had visited the Koyasan monastic complex previously. Not at all surprisingly, it was a fabulous experience. The online booking process through the Koyasan Shukubo Association was so easy and seamless, and Ms. Hitomi Wada, Foreign Reservation Agent, was so expedient in her replies and very attentive to details. She comprehensively provided us with all of the necessary information - policies and cost for the entire reservation/temple stay, relevant contact information, etc. - all in easy to understand English. There were no surprises. Everything went as expected. The check-in process was also seamless, and the Head Priest warmly greeted us, followed by another Priest who took us to our room and provided us information on the room. The room (with nice tatami floors) was large, spacious, and comfortable, with an in-room safe (it wasn't needed; the doors to the room and to the beautiful garden outside all had secure locks), a heater if it got cold at night, a central table with teacups (and teabags) and a coffee pot to heat hot water, a flatscreen television (we never used it since we only used the room to sleep in and to refresh, being out and about the rest of the time), comfortable "monk robes" to wear on the premises, and thick, soft, comfortable, warm futons (similar to thick bed comforters) and bedding for traditional sleeping on the tatami mat floor that many inns (ryokans) across the Country practice. We had reserved a room with a private "en suite" bathroom that we entered via a connecting door. There was a conventional bathroom sink, western-style toilet-bidet (the toilet seat was apparently programed to be continuously warm, which was a great touch at night!), shower, and a nice hot tub for soaking. Everything was very clean and there were ample towels (hand, scrub, and bath) and soap/shampoo/conditioners for use. There was always warm water. There also was a lot of privacy with shoji-style doors and shoji-style window coverings on the inside of the room, with (lockable) glass sliding doors just outside of the shoji doors that allowed us to step out onto a veranda (with chairs) that oversaw a beautiful garden with fall colors outside (there were a few steps - about 2 or 3 - that one could take to walk down to the garden). The glass sliding doors also served to insulate the room on colder evenings/nights, but the heater worked just fine. All in all, the room was so comfortable and relaxing! A comment about the food: simply spectacular! My wife and I never dreamed that "shojin ryori-style" food could be so tasty and so filling. It was just so amazing how the temple could prepare so many different dishes for both dinner and breakfast -- the prep time alone (cutting all of the vegetables and garnishes) must have taken hours, not to mention cooking time and the time to prepare the serving trays...and to wash all of those dishes, while still having to attend to all of the tasks that temple monks/priests have to do each day, evening, and night! We never went away hungry - they would always walk around the room to ask each person if they wanted more hot rice or warm tea, too. There are also vending machines in the temple with drinks/food. Irrespective of the nice facility and the food, it was the spiritual experience that was the capstone for my wife and I. The daily early morning service led by the Head Priest, assisted by other Priests, was so spiritually fulfilling, and they encouraged all to participate in the chanting of the Heart Sutra (they provided the words in English, too, since my wife and I cannot read Japanese). One of the Priests also explained the meaning of the service. Additionally, Sekisho-in is extremely close to the entrance of the Okunoin, which is another plus - its location is great. My wife and I woke up each morning at 3:30 am to walk the 2 kilometers to the Kobo Daishi Gobyo, to offer prayers to the founder of Shingon Buddhism, returning in time for Sekisho-in's morning prayer service. Rounding out this review, I note that there is also a nice coffee shop right next door, that has great coffees, sandwiches, and pastries, with sit down areas, and there is a nearby shop that sells tasty mochi and other sweets (there is always a line there). Needless to say, when we checked-out (the temple will hold your bags for you) - which was also real easy - my wife and I felt rested and rejuvenated! We will definitely be back there again next year. BTW - as one who reads reviews, I was sincerely hoping to get to meet Mr. Kimura, but he was not there when we stayed at Sekisho-in in early November of this year.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Room Tip: I would think all rooms are nice here.
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tabisuki5 wrote a review Nov 2019
Oregon140 contributions31 helpful votes
We have been taking studewns of other interested people to Japan annually since 1988, and lived in Japan many years prior. In 2019 we added a night at Koya san, rather than the usual day trip. We arrived late on a cold spring evening in March. A group of 14 ranging in age from 24 to 74. Some of us had new rooms, some older, some private baths and some shared.... but we all loved this location and our group felt it was a high point of a wonderful two week trip. Morning prayers and breakfast were outstanding.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Room Tip: Share rooms to help pay for the private bath.... worth it!
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Jean F wrote a review Sep 2019
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions15 helpful votes
Definitely worth the trip. We had a twin room with private bathroom on the ground floor with a veranda leading out to the Japanese garden. The place was clean, beds very comfy and the monks and staff were very accommodating. We were able to watch the monks at their early morning chant and the breakfast was O.K. We did not take the dinner option, however most restaurants closed at 5 or 6 in the evening. We bought food at the convenience store but the options were limited so it would be worth considering buying food before travelling up the mountain. We travelled from Namba using the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket for ¥2860 using the local trains, it was almost a 3 hour journey but the views heading towards the mountain were spectacular.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: Long journey up the mountain, not cheap but definitely worth it
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PRICE RANGE
$152 - $226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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sekishoin hotel koya-cho
LOCATION
JapanKinkiWakayama PrefectureIto-gunKoya-choKoyasan Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
60
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sekishoin
Which popular attractions are close to Sekishoin?
Nearby attractions include Eko-in Temple (0.05 miles), Kumagai-ji Temple (0.05 miles), and Shojoshin-in Temple (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sekishoin?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Sekishoin?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Sekishoin?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sekishoin?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bon On Shya, Komi Cafe, and Huzen.
Is Sekishoin located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Koya-cho.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sekishoin?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai.
Are there any historical sites close to Sekishoin?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Koyasan Danjo Garan (0.8 miles), Koyasan Daimon (1.2 miles), and Koyasan Choishimichi (1.2 miles).
Is Sekishoin accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.