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Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Very traditional Japanese stay. Loved the hot baths and ryokan style living. Food was very Japanese and vegetarian though for both dinner and breakfast...lots of tofu which is an acquired taste (if you're not vegetarian then it's an unfamiliar menu). Expensive for what you get - we stayed at a ryokan in Hakone which was cheaper and much better value.

Date of stay: June 2016
Trip type: Traveled with friends
1  Thank Emily K
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Reviewed June 13, 2016

Spending a few days in a temple of a once- in - a - lifetime experience. Ichijoin's vegan kaiseki was excellent. Yes I miss my sashimi, but they are so creative with their ingredients.

Location is also nice that it is walking distance from the shops and sights in town.

Date of stay: April 2016
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2  Thank jeffsI7643AE
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Reviewed May 6, 2016

You have not experienced Japan until you have stayed in a temple on Mt. Koya. And I highly recommend Ichijoin as your temple accommodation. Check-in at the temple was fast and easy, dinner served at 5:30 pm in your room, and ours was a Deluxe with Garden view--highly recommend for zen meals and mornings. I feel that the art displayed within Ichijoin was more impressive than the Kongobuji Temple! Plan to spend some time circulating through the rooms here. The vegetarian meals were very filling, you have to enjoy Japanese food, though (not a problem for us). Definitely see the masoleum at night AND during the day, so go after dinner. The onsen baths at Ichijoin--also a must-do, just know your etiquette--are open until 10 pm, and you need to be back for a 9 pm curfew anyhow so you have an hour for the baths. Our room was plenty warm, free fast wifi, we did not care about the TV. Pillows are hard by American standards, so bring a travel pillow if that bothers you. I can't think of a better way to start your day than the 6:30 am meditation & prayer service, truly beautiful. Be sure to wander the room after the service. Breakfast at 7:30 and then we checked out to head back to the masoleum before a 9:30 am cable-to-train back to Osaka. We were in Kyoto by 12:30 pm. Next time, I would stay another night to be able to see a few more sites, hike a little more, and simply spend quiet time on the mountain.

Travel from Osaka: Getting there from Osaka is painless IF you plan ahead and pay a little extra for the fast trains. The Heritage ticket does NOT include the fastest routes, and if you hike you can't use it for the smaller stations. Download the Hyperdia app, which provides train info in English throughout Japan, all lines (and is the best public transport app I have used, I might add). My friend and I hiked the pilgrimage routes, and left our luggage in lockers in Tennoji station so we just had our backpacks--highly recommend this as it was quite freeing in Mt. Koya.

Context for this review: I am a world traveler for business and pleasure, and relatively fit. I'm low-maintenance but understand high quality. I don't review everything I experience on TA. In Japan I have had amazing experiences in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Miyakojima.

Room tip: Deluxe GardenView was divine
Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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11  Thank duttifree
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Reviewed April 27, 2016

Our family stayed at Ichijoin/Koyasan for two days and one night, and wish we could have stayed longer. I did not research the various shukubo at Koyasan very thoroughly, but stumbled across Ichijoin online and am very glad I did. We visited another shukubo during our stay and Ichijoin seemed to be the more traditional of the two, which we preferred. Other reviewers have written about the serenity of this temple and its beautiful garden, but I would like to particularly highlight the exquisite meals we were served -- for their beauty and delicacy but also because the chef was extraordinarily accommodating for our son who is allergic to ... sesame and soy. We had not warned the kitchen before our arrival, but he met with us after we had checked in and discussed my son's meal in great detail. He was able to create two delicious meals, and my pork katsu-loving son ate happily and without any adverse affects. We are very grateful for your graciousness, and care and attention to this.

We were also pleasantly surprised to find a kotatsu in our room. We haven't come across one in a while and my sons enjoyed a cozy afternoon reading with their legs tucked under the blanket.

Ichijoin was wonderful; I cannot recommend it more highly. We look forward to our next, longer stay there.

Date of stay: March 2016
Trip type: Traveled with family
3  Thank pickymom46
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Reviewed April 13, 2016

We had the suite and it was amazing. Perfect way to finish off our month holiday in japan. Thank you JTB for organising it .
The location is closest to the main intersection of the township, and the staff are very accommodating. One even was exchange student in Canberra in 1998, so his English was very good.

Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2  Thank graeme w
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