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Saimonin西門院

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

4.2/5 BEST REVIEW

by Catherine United States of America / 21 Aug 2019

It was a good experience although one doesn't really see the monks or gain insight into their life. One person checked us in and showed us to our room, in which our food was already set out waiting for us, and we saw a monk the next morning conducting a prayer ceremony - that was it. The prayer ceremony itself is something to observe, rather than a group meditation sitting, and all in Japanese. Be aware that Saimonin has a 9pm curfew, and the doors to the temple only open at approx 7:30am the next morning. We wanted to see the cemetery in the misty dawn light, but couldn't leave the temple until the sun was already fully up. Also, the shower facilities are only available to use between 5-9pm on an evening, although there are communal washbasins and toilets available. This is a simple, more austere place, there are no tours or classes, like in other temples. I had the impression that the people who worked there, whilst polite, did not necessarily enjoy dealing with the guests.

  • Non-smoking Rooms Available

This temple lodging is located in the town center of Koyasan. Their special handmade sesame tofu and Buddhist vegetarian cuisine is very popular among guests.

- This facility is a temple lodging.
*Temple lodgings were originally accommodation facilities for Buddhist priests and practitioners, but they now also accept regular tourists.
A Buddhist temple is also located on site, so both staff and priests will offer hospitality to guests.

- Guests that reserve a plan that includes meals at this temple lodging can enjoy Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
*Buddhist vegetarian cuisine follows Buddhist precepts and is prepared with vegetables, beans, and other plant derived ingredients.

- When staying at this temple lodging, guests can experience the following.
- Sutra Transcription: Transcribe Buddhist sutras.
- Religious Service: Observe a ritual where a Buddhist priest chants sutras, etc.
- Ajikan Meditation: Meditate while looking at the Sanskrit symbol for "A." (*Requires reservation in advance.)

[Notes]
The above experiences are current as of Aug. 17, 2017.
Provision of the experiences may be canceled or experiences may not be available depending on the day.
And depending on the type of experience, advance notice or a fee may be required, so for those interested in the experiences, please make sure to contact the temple lodging in advance for details.

Check-in is between 15:00 and 18:00.
Dinner is provided from 17:30 to 19:00, and breakfast is provided from 7:00 to 8:00. No meals will be served after 20:00.
There is a curfew imposed from 21:30.
There are no toilets or baths in guestrooms.
There are guestrooms that can only be locked from the inside, and guestrooms that can also be locked from the outside, but guests cannot make selections.
Room Type Offers and benefits Capacity Meals Payment Price Room  

Japanese-style Room

  • Room Size: 12.3904 m²

1 night 2 Adult 0 Child 0 Infant

  • Non-smoking Room
  • View: Garden view

Child Policy: Children allowed

2-4 2meals per night (dinner, breakfast) Payment in advance

from JPY 24,000

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1 night 2 Adult 0 Child 0 Infant

Special Price Plan

  • Non-smoking Room
  • View: Garden view

Child Policy: Children allowed

2-4 2meals per night (dinner, breakfast) Payment in advance

from JPY 26,000

Japanese-style Room

  • Room Size: 15.488 m²

1 night 2 Adult 0 Child 0 Infant

Special Price Plan

  • Non-smoking Room
  • View: Garden view

Child Policy: Children allowed

2-5 2meals per night (dinner, breakfast) Payment in advance

from JPY 25,000

1 night 2 Adult 0 Child 0 Infant

  • Non-smoking Room
  • View: Mountain view, Garden view

Child Policy: Children allowed

2-5 2meals per night (dinner, breakfast) Payment on arrival

from JPY 25,091

1 night 2 Adult 0 Child 0 Infant

  • Non-smoking Room
  • View: Garden view

Child Policy: Children allowed

2-5 2meals per night (dinner, breakfast) Payment in advance

from JPY 26,000

Facility Info

From Namba Station (Midosuji Subway Line): Take the Nankai Koya Line bound for Koyasan and get off at Koyasan Station (about 120 min). Then take a bus bound for Okunoin/Ichinohashi and get off at the Odawara-dori bus stop (about 13 min). It is about 1 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Mihara IC and continue along Route 309 for about 10 min, then Routes 170, 371, 24, 370, and 480 for about 80 min. Head towards the Odawara-dori bus stop.
Internet No internet service
Access & Parking Free parking
Communal Baths Large public baths
Available Nearby Gateball (Japanese croquet), Baseball, Skate rink, Gymnasium, Multi-purpose grounds
Wing Built Renovated
New Building 1988
New Building 1957

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