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Eko-in恵光院

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

4.5/5 BEST REVIEW

by m Japan / 25 Feb 2017

The monks are great, friendly and with good English - highly recommend night tour. We went to the morning service and fire ceremony too and it was well worth it. There are temples with fancier rooms and food out there, but for what we wanted and the price it was more than adequate. This temple's strong point is their English explanations of Shingon Buddhism via the (optional) tour/their booklets/the (optional) meditation session/the monks themselves.

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  • Internet Available
  • Wifi Available

This quiet Koyasan temple lodging, with a history of over 1,000 years provides guests with a relaxing atmosphere in a comfortable environment while preserving tradition at the same time. The lodging features Japanese-style guestrooms, a beautiful garden, and free Wi-Fi. Feel free to experience morning prayers, meditation, and sutra copying during the stay. The guestrooms feature sliding doors, comfortable futons, LCD TVs, and safety boxes. Bathrooms are shared. The large communal baths are available daily from 16:00-22:00 and 6:00-9:00 in the morning. Ekoin is only a 10-minute walk away from Kongobu-ji Temple, as well as many other historical temples. The Oku-no-In Temple is reachable in 3 minutes on foot. Along with the meditation and sutra copying experience, guests can also enjoy hiking in the surrounding area, full of beautiful nature and significant sites. A lounge with a PC is available within the temple grounds. Buddhist vegetarian cuisine will be served at the pre-determined time in the guest rooms. Groups of 4 or more guests may enjoy meals at the dining room. Chairs can be prepared if requests are made beforehand.

Important points:
  • • Please note that this accommodation facility is a temple lodging, and is different from a normal hotel, ryokan or guesthouse.
  • • Guests staying here can participate in meditation sessions starting at 16:30 (Advance reservation required. If possible, apply when booking accommodation). English interpreters can be assigned (depending on arrangements on the day).
  • • English pamphlets are also available for guests. Please wear comfortable clothing for meditation sessions.
  • • Sutra transcribing with brush and ink onto a paper scroll can be experienced in the guestrooms for no charge. Please reserve in advance and pick up the items at the office.
  • • Religious services start at 6:30 Guests can also participate in morning religious services starting from 6:30, and Goma Kito prayer ceremonies from 7:00 (Times change in winter).
  • • Breakfast is at 7:30, and dinner is at 17:30. Dinner will not be served to guests checking in late. Please contact the hotel in advance regarding any food allergies or diet restrictions.
  • • Reservations made on this website are eligible for check-in at 13:00. Check-in is available until 19:00. Check-in after 22:00 is not possible. Please contact the hotel by noon on the day of check-in if the number of guests changes, as food will be prepared for dinner.
  • • The Koyasan area is colder than other regions, so please bring warm clothing.
  • • The large communal baths are open everyday from 16:-22:00, and 6:00-9:00.


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Facility Info

From Koyasan Station (Nankai Koya Line): 10 minutes by taxi, or take the Nankai Rinkai bus and get off at Karukaya-do Temple. Walk to the direction the bus is moving for 50m and you'll find the Ekoin gate.
By car: Exit the Kinki Expressway at Mihara Kita IC.
From Shin-Osaka Station: Take the Midosuji Line to Namba. Then take the Nakai trains to Koyasan Station.
Access & Parking Free parking
Foreign Language Support English
Guide Dogs Allowed
VISA AMEX UC Dinners JCB
Also Accepted
Wing Built Renovated
Eko-in 1991

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