Koyasan | Other

Situated within the 1,000 year old Eko-in temple and monastery in Koyasan (the mountain seat of Shingon Buddhism in Japan), these Japanese style guestrooms offer a superb opportunity to immerse yourself in the spiritual culture that underpins many Japanese traditions.

Accommodation is modest but nonetheless beautiful for it. Painted in muted natural colours throughout, the rooms have large windows that look out into the gardens; sliding paper screens shield the interiors, which have tatami mats on the floors, comfortable futon bedding, traditional paintings and calligraphy, and low tables where you can enjoy the delicious Buddhist vegetarian meals that are served by friendly monks from the temple’s kitchen. Groups of four or more can dine in the Japanese-style dining room, providing advance notice is given. Only one of the guestrooms has a private bath and toilet - the rest share communal bathrooms and loos. The temple also has its own shared hot spring bathhouse, which is of course gender-segregated.

Guests are can attend services and rituals, participate in meditation at the temple, and can learn to write Buddhist sutras in the tranquil privacy of their rooms. Eko-in is very close to Koyasan’s other ancient temples, and is surrounded by excellent scenic hiking.

We Say
Not a typical hotel experience - this is a truly immersive stay in a working Buddhist temple, in a stunning mountaintop location.


497 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama-ken

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  • Your Accommodation
    • 29 rooms
    • First Class room amenities
  • Eating & Drinking
    • Syojin Ryori Buddhist vegetarian cuisine
  • Leisure & Relaxation
    • Hot spring bath
    • Hall for meditation and yoga
    • Ajikan meditation
    • Buddhist sutra writing

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