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.
- 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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