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Eko-in恵光院

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

5.0/5 BEST REVIEW

by Amy United Kingdom / 17 Oct 2017

Did not use baths so cannot comment. Monks were excellent, spoke English very well. The temple is awesome, you could easily spend a day there exploring the gardens! We did the meditation and cemetery tour and highly recommend both, they were brilliant. Very large room with garden view, and the food was tasty and healthy. Overall an excellent experience and I would definitely recommend.

  • Non-smoking Rooms Available
  • Foreign Language Support
  • Internet Available
  • Wifi Available

Eko-in, a Mt. Koya temple lodging that boasts of 1,000 years of history, provides Japanese-style guestrooms, a beautiful garden, and free Wi-Fi.
The tatami-floored guestrooms with shoji sliding doors feature comfortable futons, an LCD TV, and a safety deposit box. A communal bathroom is provided.
In the immediate vicinity, there are historic Buddhist temples such as Kongobu-ji Temple (10 minutes away on foot), as well as a beautiful surrounding area where guests can enjoy hiking.
It is just a 3 minute walk to the Ichinohashi entrance of the historic Okunoin. The temple lodging has a lounge with a computer corner.
Buddhist vegetarian cuisine is provided in guestrooms at the designated time.
Groups of 4 or more guests can enjoy meals in the Japanese-style dining room (chairs can be provided for requests in advance).

- This facility is a temple lodging. Please be aware that this is different from the standard hotel, ryokan, or guesthouse.
*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: In your guestroom, use the writing brush and ink to transcribe Buddhist sutras.
*Free of charge. After making a reservation, please pick up the required tools from the office.
- Religious Service: Observe a ritual where a Buddhist priest chants sutras, etc.
*Every morning from 6:30. This time is subject to change during the winter.
- Ajikan Meditation: Meditate in a group while looking at the Sanskrit symbol for “A”.
*Every day from 16:30. Requires reservation in advance. Please participate in comfortable clothing.
*There are also pamphlets in English available for guests. English-speaking interpreters may also be arranged.
- Okunoin Night Tour: Take a night stroll through Okunoin, the holy ground of Mount Koya.
*Tours led by a guide require a fee.

[Notes]
The above experiences are current as of Aug. 17, 2017.
Provision of the experiences may be cancelled 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.

Breakfast is provided at 7:30, and dinner is provided at 17:30.
For guests that book through this website, check-in will be available from 13:00.
Check-in is until 19:00; check-ins after 22:00 are not accepted. For late check-ins, dinner will not be provided.
Daily hours for the large communal baths are 16:00 - 22:00 and 6:00 - 9:00 only.
For guests with food allergies or dietary restrictions, please notify the facility in advance.
In the event there is a change in the number of staying guests, please inform the facility by noon on the day of check-in as it will affect dinner preparation.
As Mount Koya has steep hills and stairs, please bring only the bare minimum of luggage.
The mountain district of Mount Koya has a lower temperature than other regions, so please bring warm clothing.

Check out the video below to get a taste of the experience:

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  • Room Size: 9.2928 m²

1 night 1 Adult 0 Child 0 Infant

  • View: Mountain view, Garden view

Child Policy: Children allowed

1-2 2meals per night (dinner, breakfast) Payment on arrival

from JPY 10,926

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1 night 2 Adult 0 Child 0 Infant

  • View: Mountain view, Garden view

Child Policy: Children allowed

2-4 2meals per night (dinner, breakfast) Payment on arrival

from JPY 22,223

Special Japanese-style Room *Refurbished 2017

Bath, Toilet, Hot water pot

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1 night 2 Adult 0 Child 0 Infant

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

Child Policy: Children allowed

2-3 2meals per night (dinner, breakfast) Payment on arrival

from JPY 30,556

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
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Wing Built Renovated
Eko-in 1991

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