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Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

For good and for bad this is “just” an inn, buddhistic mind you and somewhat run down.

The facilities have been probably renewed in the 1970’s, but are still usable - check the photos section; what you see is what you get.
you sleep on the floor japanees style - no mercy, it’s a hard futon mat.
traditional Japanese vegetarian meals (which are not bad, though not very easy for westerns to eat), are served in the room. Dinner at 5.45pm, breakfast at 7am - again, no mercy, no curtsy.
curfew is at 9 pm (very early in my book), not quite sure what is the idea behind it, but there is nothing to do in town anyway.
The morning ceremony is nice, I do think it is authentic even if done only for the benefit of the guests.

I didn’t stay in any other Buddhist inns in a Koyasan, but I imagine they are all pretty much the same. This is a town built around Kobo Daishiand the facilities are for pilgrims with profound Buddhistic believes. It is not designed for “regular” tourists.

So all in all, had an interesting visit to Koyasan, Jimyoin did what it was made to do - gave us food and a place to sleep while visiting the town.

I think it is a worthwhile experience if you are willing to put the daily comforts behind you for one day.

Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

We are very appreciative of how accommodating Jimyoin were to us. Our transportation went completely wrong which lead to us arriving on the last train, last cable-car and last bus to Koyasan at about 11pm. Our check-in time had been 6hours before (We had done our best to keep our hosts updated on our whereabouts). They encouraged us to try make it so we could experience our stay with them and when we finally arrived in Koyasan in the dark, exhausted from 7hours of train-hopping, they picked us up from the bus stop with a joyful smile, happy that we had finally made it. We were shown our room, which was beautiful, and then taken to the eating quarters, where our dinner awaited us. Jimyoin is a beautiful place to stay, with delicious and filling food. We both slept well and enjoyed the beautiful gardens surrounding us. Photos don't do it justice. We are very grateful for the hospitality and kindness we were shown.

Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank Steve P
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Reviewed March 16, 2019 via mobile

Very bad experience at Jimyoin, it is not authentic and you can see that the owners are just after tourists’s money, far from monks’ hospitality that we expected to find. It is basically a super expensive hotel with poor facilities.

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

A long but pleasant journey from Osaka via various trains and funicular railway took us to the top of Mount Koya where, following a short bus journey, we entered Jimyo-in, a Buddhist temple. The room was spacious with a view across a small beautiful garden. Meals are served in the room, are vegetarian and quite filling. The onsen is a little way down the hallways but very welcome following a day wandering around temples. Beds are made up in the Japanese stay and are very comfortable. The ceremony commences at 6.30am and is something to see. On returning to your room breakfast awaits. All in all a very pleasant experience.

Date of stay: October 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Anthony G
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Reviewed October 18, 2018

Jimyo-in is located in the centre of Koyasan, around 15 minutes from the train station by shuttle bus. From the very beginning we felt very welcome. Check-in went really smooth, we were accomodated in a really cozy nicely located room with a view to an internal well kept garden. The room was nicely furnished (also AC device) and the only unnecessary device (at least for us) was a TV set, which did not match the shukubo at all. At 18:00 we were served an amazing vege dinner (tasty and nicely served) in our room. Toilets and a bathroom are shared and the latter are men/women divided, but absolutely no worries - they are perfectly clean and fully equipped (also all liquids and hair dryers available). Yukatas also provided. In the morning (6:30) we participated, being kindly invited, in the Day welcoming ceremony at the Jimyo-in shrine, which was an incredible experience. In the meantime a breakfast was served to our room, which was another excellent and tasty breakfast. Highly recommended.

Room tip: Internal, ground-floor located rooms seemed to be the best option.
Date of stay: October 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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1  Thank Karol T
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