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Reviewed February 28, 2018

We walked up a snowy road and up to the gate to be welcomed by a kindly woman who bid us to remove our shoes at the front step and put on ill-fitting slippers; she took us up to our rooms, which were in traditional Japanese style but adequately heated; you sat on a mat and put your feet under the table under a cloth, where there was a heater' it was -7 degrees celsius outside; not much to do really, we walked doen the other end of town to the cemetery which was fascinating in the snow and the setting winter sun, then just made it to one of the few restaurants that closed at 5pm for a hearty meal ad a beer; you can eat in the temple Saizen-in but we had not booked. There is a 9pm curfew so an early night... just as well because you wake at 5:30 to see the monk chanting his prayers at 6 - he kindly provided us with a heater first, it was very cold. Then we were served a traditional Japanese breakfast. All very authentic and a tremendous experience

Date of stay: February 2018
1  Thank Jeremy M
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Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

Having never stayed in lodgings like this before we were a bit apprehensive, as we didn't quite know what to expect and as we had gone for a large room it was quite expensive. We were however not disappointed and would highly recommend a stay here. The complex is beautiful, in perfect condition, spotlessly clean and our room was absolutely gorgeous, with a wonderful view of a garden.

The property has shared bathrooms in the traditional Japanese style (washing and bathing communally) which you can only use in the evening, which were very nicely done.

The meals provided were generous and well done, but may not be to everyone's taste.

Overall we were extremely happy we booked this place and it exceeded our (high) expectations in all areas.

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2  Thank jimmy1231
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Reviewed November 4, 2017

My wife and I spent a night at Saizen-in recently and really enjoyed our experience. However, visitors must be prepared that accommodations at Koyasan emulate the traditional pilgrimage experience and thus things are a bit more spartan. We felt we really got an authentic monastic experience at Saizen-in. We slept on futons in a tatami room, joined morning prayers, and enjoyed vegetarian Shojin Ryori (Japanese Buddhist Cuisine). The hotel is in a great location, right across from Koyasan Danjo Garan. I also recommend signing up for the power stone bead making class with Mr. Tanaka, which is offered on Fridays.

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank Ryan C
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Reviewed November 4, 2017

Loved our one night stay at the Saizen-In. The travel/train rides to get here fro Kyoto were well worth it, and part of the experience. The funicular/cable car to Koyasan is memorable and fun.

Saigon-in/Koyasan is a very special place - it is a must in my book, so if you are on the fence about staying in this town just book it and you won't regret it. One night is all you need here, as you can walk through the gorgeous cemetery and see the temples/shrines easily in one day. Right across the street is the Danjo Garan Temple area, huge vermillion/orange temple that is amazing to see. There is a path from here that leads to the main town area (so you don't have to walk on the street).

The morning prayer was a highlight for me, I loved being part of it and sitting back and taking it all in. Hearing the monks chanting was a delight for my ears and brain - an amazing experience that right up there as a highlight in 2 weeks of travels in Japan.

Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

Don't miss out the morning prayer ! even if it is at 6 o'clock it is totally worth it ! You can find instruction on how to properly participate at the religious ceremony in the presentation book of the temple/hotel in your room.

Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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2  Thank MaylisC16
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