This temple Ryokan was ok, but not a special experience. It has nice rooms, price was a bit expensive for the experience, food was ok-good & very plentiful (maybe great if you're vegetarian), but the staff weren't very friendly. The place itself is pretty modern looking.
When you arrive you are ushered into an anteroom when you are given a small drink and snack. You're not spoken to or made to feel welcome. They weren't rude but giving/returning a polite smile would be nice.
We were then taken to our room. It was clean and spacious. Lacked a bit of atmosphere though as it was pretty modern. See pics. It had a nice view of the front courtyard and also a private balcony. It had a sink and ensuite toilet (Western) but no shower or bath. We did know this when booking though. The bath is single sex and public. Only available at night I later discovered. I planned to have a bath in the morning but it was closed. The room has a TV, floor table, tea facilities and a fridge.
Dinner and breakfast were included in the price and served in our rooms on red trays on the floor. This is normal but not very comfy if you can't sit cross legged easily. But its all part of a Ryokan and my fault for being inflexible :) The food is vegetarian kaiseki cuisine and has heaps of courses. My friend didn't like it much (thought it a bit bland and weird). I liked it but would have loved some meat and I've had much better kaiseki meals at other ryokans. It was an experience trying local vegetarian dishes I wouldn't have ordered myself though. It was presented very well and there was heaps of it. More than enough. Breakfast was also pretty good and plenty of it. See pics
Location was fine. ok walk from the bus stop and walk to the cemetary which is why we went to koyasan in the 1st place.
As mentioned service was fine but not very friendly. English was minimal which is fine, as they spoke English much better than I spoke Japanese :) Felt a bit like they were doing us the favour by letting us stay? We went to the 6am prayer service too. It would be hard to say no if you didn't want to go. It was ok. Not as interesting as I'd hoped.
I wouldn't stay here again. Not that it was bad, I just think there would be better options. It's an average ryokan. A Ryokan to me should end up being a special Japanese experience, which this wasn't. Compare prices at the time vs other options.
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