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“A great alternative to a temple stay”

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Koyasan Guest House Kokuu
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We stayed in this guest house for one night in May and thoroughly enjoyed it.
After humming and harring about a temple stay, we finally opted for the Koyasan guest house Kokuu and we were really pleased about our stay. This is a warm, friendly and funky place at a fraction of the price that we would have payed for a temple.
We were welcomed in perfect english by Ryochi and shown to our bedroom which was extremely clean and decorated in a modern, neutral, almost "zen" style. Capsule style beds are also available.
We then went for a tour of the temples and cemetery. The guest house is well located: 20-30 minutes walk from the city centre and only 5 minutes from Okonoin. If you don't want to walk, there is also a regular and punctual bus service.
An evening meal and breakfast service is available at the guest house, alternatively, Ryochi can advice on where to eat. The choices in Koyasan can be a little limited in the evening as most restaurants close late afternoon, but a few were opened and there is also a corner shop in the city centre if you need to get a packed lunch.
You could also attend the 6 am Buddhist ceremony if you wanted to, and I believe evening tours of the cemetery are also advertised in the guest house lobby (not organised by Ryochi himself) - I would recommend enquiring in advance.
A comunal lobby is also available for guests to gather, have a cup of tea or talk to other guests.
Overall, we would definitely recommend this place and we would stay there again if visiting Koyasan.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We recently stayed at Kokuu for 2 nights while we visited Koyasan.

Ryochi & Yuri were the perfect hosts, the rooms were fantastic (best nights sleep ever in a capsule!) and the guest house is in a great spot.

Ryochi & Yuri went out of their way to make sure we had a great stay and gave us a comprehensive run-down of what to do while we were in the area. Ryochi kindly arranged for us to experience a night-tour of the the mausoleum of Kūkai, which is surrounded by an immense graveyard (the largest in Japan).

I definitely recommend the breakfast that Yuri makes - the fruit bread is amazing!

Make sure you book before you go to avoid disappointment.

We had great fun in the Onsen ;) be sure to check it out!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Ok....sure, if you REALLY want to stay IN a Temple, do it. However, Kokuu is an amazing alternative.

If you're not sure about the Temples (and the cost) then don't hesitate to look into this place.

You won't miss out on:

1. Local Buddhist vegetarian (as they will direct you to great restaurant options)
2. A morning Buddhist ceremony (6am), as Ryochi (one of the owners) will point you to a FREE ceremony in the most holy place in Koyasan, at the complex in the cemetary. This is not put on for any guests either, so there's no risk you'll feel it's just a show. It's amazing. Also note the hostel location is right near the cemetary, so is great for going on a night walk - a must do.
3. A night tour of the cemetary, which can be organised from Kokuu, though I'd suggest booking ahead.
4. Easy access to every other Shrine etc. it's about a 5-10min bus from the town centre.

In addition the place is funky, warm, friendly and offers great advice and great food if you want.

What you will miss out on is:

1. Staying inside an actual Temple, but you can decide whether that's worthwhile from reviews of other places.
2. Spending stupid amounts of money.

Hope this helps. We loved it.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

This is probably the only kind of capsule experience I would go for! The tiny cool guesthouse provides spacious little room (I got myself one of the lower dorm), delicious "homecooked" curries and lots of good tips from Ryochi. Ryochi and Yuri made mine stay a very comfortable and fruitful one. Ryochi always know whats happening around and so we were lucky we were there on the day they have a monthly night tour (20th of each month!), we (a bunch of us from the kokuu) took a lantern each and walked around Okunoin with a guide. In the morning, there's also a morning prayer at 6am! Despite the freezing weather, I went, it was surreal! We also visited a mini flea market on Sunday morning (as told by Ryochi), where we got served little desserts and green tea :) I didn't manage to do the temple stay but this proved to be just as good :)

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Really lovely place with great atmosphere. I was worried that I would not get the full Koyasan experience not staying in a temple but Ryochi made sure that this was not the case recommending where to go and and when to make the most of Koyasan, an incredibly beautiful and spiritual place. Also as a solo traveller it was easy to chat to people as Guesthouse Kokuu is intimate and very friendly.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Koyasan Guest House Kokuu feels like staying over at your best friends house. The atmosphere is wonderful and the owners Ryochi and Yuri are filled with amazing stories accompanied by very positive and gentle attitude. Ryochi has been incredibly helpful with arranging our overnight stays at the Kumano Kodo trail and Yuri is a great cook, so don't hesitate to ask them for their delicious chickpeas curry!! Moreover the design of this guesthouse is very impressing and convenient. In the evening you can enjoy a good book next to a warm fireplace with a cup of Japanese green tea. And one more thing - Kokuu is super clean and all the basic facility is there for you. The designed capsule rooms gave us an unforgettable experience of 'cocoon sleep', which we consider the best sleep of our 3months trip through East-South Asia.
We simply Loved this place and we highly recommend to stay with this lovely couple.

どうもありがとうございました (arigato gozajmasu) !

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank LennartandZosia
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

We couldn't have asked for more in a guesthouse. Staying here definitely contributed to our experience in Koyasan. Ryochi and Yuri (owners) were the consummate hosts, friendly, knowledgeable and went out of their way to add to our experience of this incredibly spiritual place. They also took us to a fantastic onsen (Ryujin) high in the mountains about a 2 hour drive from Koyasan! We wouldn't have been able to get there without a car.

We are vegetarian, and have not had an easy time finding good Japanese style food. Yuri went to the trouble of cooking us elaborate and delicious Japanese meals, for very reasonable prices. Her cooking is absolutely exquisite!

The house itself is beautiful, the capsule rooms are actually quite spacious and very warm. We are so glad this place exists, otherwise we wouldn't have been able to afford to go to Koyasan. The 3 nights we spent there ended up being the highlight of our 5 weeks in Japan. Stay Here!!! Highly recommended!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank DiscoDools
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Address: 49-43 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Wakayama Prefecture > Ito-gun > Koya-cho
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #4 of 47 Specialty lodging in Koya-cho
Price Range: $45 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Koyasan is historically regarded as one of the most sacred mountains in Japan.In particular, it is a holy ground representing the Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism,with a history dating back twelve hundred years. Rich in history and culture,Koyasan is a very spiritual place for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists.It is a very beautiful place, and is worth visiting whilst traveling in Japan.The first guest house in Koyasan (Koyasan guesthouse) has recently opened,allowing backpackers to stay in this area at an affordable price. ... more   less 
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