Koyasan | Superior
As well as being a place of natural beauty, the spiritual mountain of Koya is dotted with Buddhist monasteries and temples, some of which offer simple overnight lodgings (aka shukubo) for pilgrims and tourists. Souji-in is the pick of the bunch in Koyasan.
Shukubos are essentially working monasteries and accommodation is modest and functional: the idea being for guests to take time to reflect and not be distracted. It’s a unique experience offering an unmatched insight into the life of a Japanese Buddhist monk: from the early morning prayers which can be witnessed, to the shojin ryori (traditional vegan) meals that are served in your room by one of the temple’s monks.
Guest rooms are furnished in a traditional style with tatami matting and futon style bedding, although at Souji-in there is the option of western beds. Souji-in also boasts additional extras such as air-conditioning and in room TVs – unlike other shukubo - and some of the rooms benefit from an en-suite bathroom (most lodgings only offer traditional public baths). These ‘luxurious’ extras have made this particular property allegedly popular with the Japanese imperial family.
We SayThis is cultural immersion at its best.
- Your Accommodation
- 13 rooms
- Deluxe room amenities
- Eating & Drinking
- Syojin Ryori Buddhist vegetarian cuisine
- Leisure & Relaxation
- Zen gardens