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Ekoin Temple, Koyasan

497 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun 648-0201 Wakayama Prefecture
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【History of Ekoin】A 1000 year-old Buddhist temple, Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in offers Japanese-style accommodation, a beautiful garden, and free Wi-Fi. Guests are free to attend Buddhist morning services, the Goma fire ritual and meditation.【Rooms&Facilities】Rooms feature tatami-mat floors, traditional futon beds and paper sliding screens. They are fitted with an LCD TV and a safe. Bathroom facilities are shared, and the public baths are open only from 4 pm-10 pm daily.【Meals】Meals are served at the guest room at scheduled times and feature Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. Groups of more than 4 people dine at the Japanese-style dining room, where chairs can be provided upon advance request.【Surroundings】Shukubo Temple is close to other ancient Buddhist buildings such as Kongobu-ji Temple, which is a 10 minute walk. The Ichi-no-Hashi entrance to the ancient Okuno-In Temple is a 3 minute walk away.*Guests can experience group meditation, and they can write Buddhist texts with a brush and ink on scrolls at their room. They can also go hiking in the scenic surroundings of Koya-san Eko-in. The temple has a lounge with a computer corner.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast in the room
Table tennis
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Free internet
Non-smoking hotel
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English, Japanese
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A stay in the Ekoin Temple is a great experience. The rooms are tradionally sparse and clean. Due to the historic construction rooms can be bad soundproofed, but the visitors are cautious and considerate. The onsen is small but very nice (and very hot). Tattoos are no problem and don´t need to be hidden. Guests can join the spiritual morning prayer - a beautiful start in the day. The food is traditional buddhistic and vegan, rich and imaginative, served on the room. The staff (most of them monks) is very friendly and helpful, all speak english. The famous graveyard of Okunoin is just around the corner, all other highlights of the town in a short distance. All in all a perfect stay!
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Reserved following a recommendation from friends. On the expensive end of the spectrum. Nice well maintained venue : this temple is basically a well run business. An LTE tower mast in one corner and numerous guest rooms allow this temple to thrive financially and to amply cover its maintenance costs. The food is what you would expect to be served as a tourist: nice but nothing exceptional It was pleasant to have our own private dining room though The communal baths are a little on the small side, but clean and adequate The room was also fine but lacked air conditioning They organize a half hour mediation session at 4.30pm and the morning prayer and fire ceremony, at 6h30 and 7h respectively, which added up to provide a nice experience overall The staff are either smiling too much or not at all; I guess that monks are not really your average catering staff. The footwear regulations are a little tedious and lack a degree of flexibility
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The monks who keep this place clean and running are such hardworkers and try to make your stay enjoyable. The room we stayed in had a private bathroom, which I highly recommend. It had a nice clean shower and tub and a state-of-the-art fancy toilet. Nice seating area for reading and reflection and a beautiful zen garden to boot. The temple's activities and prayer/meditation is a giant plus for any Buddhist coming here for a pilgrimage. Even if you aren't Buddhist, the monks are welcoming to all and the ceremonies are educational. Just please remember this place is also a temple, so please be respectful to the religion, the priest and the monks.
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You get here via cable car more than 900 meters above sea level. It is a sanctuary for Buddhism and at this temple you get to join some of the monks with meditation and ceremonies in the morning. This is recommended for anyone interested in Buddism or expanding their understanding for the feelings the monks go through daily. They bring your meal to you and make (and take) your bed. There is a very nice communal hot bath you can use after a day of traveling
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My mum and I stayed at this monetary as part of a trip to Japan. The place was lovely and very clean. Unfortunately though, there is a lot of sitting on the hard floor and you can hear every movement in the building at night- made it very hard to sleep! The beds are also on the ground with limited cushioning. Would not recommend if you have any sort of joint issue!
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ekoin temple hotel koya-cho
JapanKinkiWakayama PrefectureKoya-cho
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