All i can say, leaving the city and embarking on this journey to Koyasan, you can already feel the difference. Ekoin is located within Koyasan where it's just minutes away to the landmark, Okuno-in, so you will have no problem visiting it when you travel there. It is also a calm and peaceful place to stay where you can see the activities of the monk without interrupting their routines which was something quite fascinating to me. Apart from the price which (GBP100/night), i would say it's a worthwhile experience because this is not something you can experience anywhere in the world. I went there during the raining season, June/July, during that time it rained a lot and i didn't get to see much of Koyasan. So i stayed at the inn most of my time there, while staying indoors my friends and I talked with the monks, they were very nice and spoke fluent english. We told them we were kind of bored and they offered to teach us how to play Gō (japanese chess) they were pleasant company and we had lots of fun. However, the rain didn't stop so the monks working there were kind enough to introduce me to a very nice place for a meal with my friends i travelled with. The food was great and the price was good, overall i enjoyed my trip there and would definitely come back for more. Recommended to all single traveller/ traveling with friends/ couples. I wouldn't recommend for business people because the telephone line and internet line is quite dodgy sometimes but someone who needs a change from busy city areas, this would be the place to be!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 【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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ekoin Temple Hotel Koya-Cho