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Eko-in

Style: Buddhist-Temple

Price: ¥10000 ~ ¥15000

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Address (English)

497 Koyasan Koya-cho
Ito-gun
Wakayama-ken

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Eko-in. A 1000 year-old Buddhist temple, Ekoin offers Japanese style guest rooms and one of them has a private bath and toilet. All of the guest rooms have a garden view. Guests are free to attend morning services and the Goma fire ritual. Guests can participate in meditation sessions from 16:30. Sessions can be translated in English and English brochures are available if there is no interpreter. WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge. Rooms feature tatami-mat flooring, comfortable futon bedding and paper sliding screens. Eko-in provides shared baths (same gender only) for both women and men, and the public baths are open from 16:00-22:00 and 06:00-09:00 daily. Eko-in is close to other ancient Buddhist buildings such as Kongobu-ji Temple, which is a 10-minute walk. The Ichinohashi entrance to the ancient Okunoin cemetery is a 3-minute walk away. Meals are served at the guest room at 17:30 basically and feature Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. Groups of 4 or more persons dine at the Japanese style dining room.

Facilities

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GUEST ROOMS

  • Japanese Style Room with Private Bath
  • Japanese Style Room with Private Toilet Avialable
  • Large Japanese Style Room (4 or more guests)
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Hanare, (Private Guest Residence)
  • Towels
  • Single Guests:
  • Children under 12 Years allowed:

HOT SPRINGS and BATHING FACILITIES

  • Shared Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Hot Spring Bath in Guest Room
  • Private Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Hot Spring Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Hot Spring Bath
  • Shared Outdoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Outdoor Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Bath (Both Genders)

MEALS

  • Dinner and Breakfast Plan Available
  • Breakfast Plan Only Available
  • No Meal Plan Available
  • Special Meal Request (e.g. No Pork)
  • Vegetarian Meals (with fish)
  • Vegetarian Meals (no fish but with fish broth)
  • Western-style Breakfast
  • Dinner Served in Guest Room
  • Breakfast Served in Guest Room

OTHER

  • English Ability of the Ryokan Staff/Owners: Basic English Spoken
  • Internet Connection: Wifi Available
  • Parking: Free Parking
  • Curfew Time: 22:00
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Excellent

Serena

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Such a memorable experience. Highly recommend the night cemetery walk and the morning prayer and fire ritual. Wish I could have stayed a bit longer.

Peace and new things

Cristina

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Spain

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

We were there for one night and it was a different and faboluos experience. We did a guided tour to visit Okuno-in at night with one of the Eko-in monks and we could learn a lot.

Inspiring

Mascha

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: The Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We have spent a few days at the Eko-in. And those days have been a wonderful experience for us in all ways. The monks are very friendly, helpful and the room, the food, everything was a delight. We found it a very good way to get to know and experience more of dharma in daily life. And as things come and go, we had to leave, keeping the memory in our hearts.

A Lifetime Memory

George

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I can honestly say my time at the Eko-In will never leave me. The temple is absolutely stunning and only surpassed by the kindness and service of the monks. The tours and the ceremonies they allowed us to join in were incredible and are memories of a lifetime. I would highly recommend this to everyone as Koya is a must for all travellers.

Breathtaking

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Eko-in is set in such a beautiful area. The staff is quite welcoming and very engaging. The extra activities, when available (such as the cemetery tour, meditation instruction, morning services, and fire ritual), are a wonderful touch to explore the history and sacred, almost magical atmosphere of Koyasan. The food was excellent (in spite of not being a vegetarian, myself) as was its presentation. The chance for an in-room massage (extra, but easily arranged by the staff) was great to have, as well. I loved my stay at Eko-in.

Needs to be experienced

Lucia

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Though I think it\'s becoming commercialised it\'s still an amazing experience. Eko-in is conveniently located and access to the main Koyasan sites is easy. The rooms are comfortable and the public baths more than adequate. The food was interesting, though perhaps a little disappointing - had an element of being \'mass produced\'. Information in the rooms stated a variety of drinks were available for purchase but none were offered at dinner time. The morning prayer service was a good thing to experience, as was the fire ceremony. We did the optional guided night walk in the cemetery, which was excellent.

Tranquility at Ekoin Temple in Koya-san

Stuart

Month Of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Our one night stay at Ekoin Temple provided us a glimpse of a more rural, traditional Japan far from the industrial and commercial development in the central part of the country. While a couple reviewers commented that the ability of many of the monks at Ekoin to speak English might compromise the genuine feel of the place, we allowed this to provide an opportunity to speak with the monks studying there and find out more about their lives and beliefs. Our guide at the night time walk thru the Cemetery and shrine gave a very clear talk about his religion, how they practice, and how they view spirituality. On the stroll back we also got to talk about his career path, and the role priests play in lives of their \'congregants\'. It is important to keep in mind that this branch of Buddhism is part of modern Japan, and these clergy exist in this modern world. The stay at the temple was very tranquil. We had our window open all night and heard not a sound. The two meals served traditional style in our room were exotic and energizing. The room itself was very comfortable and airy. The onsen bath was relaxing and as always a great way to unwind. The trip back to urban Japan, specifically Tokyo on a JR Rail pass, is pretty complicated. From the temple to our hotel in Tokyo was 7 hours on one bus, one cable car, five trains, and a taxi. No real hang-ups but a lot of stairs and train platforms so travel lightly!

Memorable

Evaline

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Truly a memorable experience. The room was delightful - clean and traditional with a stunning view. The service was friendly and attentive - the young monks were charming. The Buddhist meals were interesting and (mostly) tasty. It was an honour to be a part of the delightful Buddhist morning services. The location is very convenient and picturesque. Highly recommended.

beatiful place and very nice hosts!

Alena

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had a wonderful experience at Eko-in, great food, everything was always on time, and clean. The onsens were clean and very relaxing. The monks were very kind. We went on the night-time english cemetery tour and thought it was great, we learned a lot and the monk who did it spoke english very well. Also in May in Koya-san, the cherry blossoms are in bloom as it is cooler there, so we got a lot of great photos! Would definitely recommend to a friend.

a place victim of its own success

Florence

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 2

Food Rating - 2

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 2

Koya-san is a fantastic place, Eko-in was however a little bit disappointing, probably victim of its own success. We were located in an annex of the temple, a simple modern building decorated with tatamis without charm. The food was not as delicate as expected and the morning prayer was spoiled by the doozens of foreign tourists. Only the location is convenient, close to the cemetery and other must-sees. This was my second time in Koya-san and probably the last time, I would not recommend this place to any friends.

Fantastic

David

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Eko-in is a a very tranquil lodging in an already tranquil area, situated near the Okunoin Cemetery it is possibly the most peaceful place I have visited. The temple itself is beautiful, the staff speak great English and the rooms are lovely, thee come with two heaters, a flat screen tv and wifi. We were lucky to be staying on the 20th April (a special date) and went on the night tour of the cemetery and visited the temple within for a Buddhist ceremony. We also took part in the meditation and early morning prayer and fire ceremonies. I have taken 1 star off for the food not that there was anything wrong with it, it was delicious but there is only so much tofu I can eat. Highly recommend staying here

One of the magical places of my life

Craig

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The trip I took to Japan has been in the planning for ten years, and although my travelling companions and I stayed in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Shirakawa and Miyajima, I rate my stay in Eko-In as one of the most memorable and cherished memories of my entire trip. The tranquility of Koya-San cannot be understated; even a person who does not generally subscribe to spirituality such as myself felt a profound peace in the forests and Okunoin graveyard. Even the town itself was serene and relaxed, far removed from the energy of Japan in general. Eko-In itself was easy to find; the station staff after the cable car are helpful and speak English, and the bus drops you basically across the road. When I entered the gates I was stunned. We came at the start of Autumn, and a handful of the maples were turning red, and the reflection pool in the courtyard was beautiful. The monks speak amazing English, and when we were shown to our lodging on the second floor of the temple guesthouse we were amazed by how comfortable it was: tatami floors and futons of course, but it also had powerpoints to charge cameras and phones, and a heater for if it gets cold. Downstairs was a modern bathroom and toilet. We were also greeted with a pamphlet inviting us to tour Okunoin cemetery at night with one of the English-speaking monks, as well as another asking us to come to morning prayer and fire ritual. While extra cost, the Okunoin night tour is one of the most rewarding activities I participated in while in Japan and I highly recommend you attend. The food, while vegetarian due to the beliefs of the monks, was amazing, served in a private room for our travelling group of five. They even have a public bath like a miniature onsen indoors for free use. In the morning we attended prayer and the fire ritual to Bishamonten. While I don\'t think they insist on your attendance, they do prefer you to attend, and seeing it is amazing culture to witness I recommend you go. I won\'t go into detail of the ritual, but it was truly humbling to be present for. It should be noted that the monks ask you don\'t bring any food products with you onto temple grounds, as bringing certain foods like meats into the temple is against the wishes of their religion. However, the monks are very welcoming and friendly, which was a little different to how I imagined them before my arrival. They also require that you pay your lodging in hard cash and not card. I still find myself longing to return to Eko-In temple and Koya-San, and I know that someday I will find myself there again. I wholeheartedly recommend staying here, and I know that anyone reading this will feel the same way as I after staying there.

nice experience

evangelia

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: NZ

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

This was a real treat, in terms of location and time wise. I was there in autumn and colours were amazing. Eko-in was well located, near the big cemetery and walking distance to everything else, clean, well provided and catered for (the food was amazing, something I was looking forward to every night, served in my room). The monks were friendly, apart from one who I call Mr Grumpy but perhaps that was his karmic lesson! I liked it but i had the impression that I was on the tourist trail (taking photos during the dawn chanting ceremony, yikes!), TV in the room etc more like a hotel with a spiritual touch than the other way around. Still, grateful for the experience and hosting at a time I needed to retreat.

Best part of my whole trip

Kirby

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: United States

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My friend & I visted Japan for 2 weeks. Hands down, my stay at Eko-In was the most fulfilling and soul-touching part of my trip. Though this website cautiously (understandably) stated not to expect hotel-level service at the ryokan, I was blown away by the quality of service and amenities at Eko-In. The staff of young monks in training were always friendly, polite, just simply wonderful. The food was all vegetarian (bonus for me!), so I was free to explore the colorful treats that were elaborately set up each night for breakfast and dinner. The morning fire-ritual and meditation (optional)were invigorating. The monks openly invite you to participate in their holy rituals ~ what a TRUE HONOR that was. The rooms were beautifully simple, open, with lots of windows & natural light (but screens for desired privacy). My friend and I visited in October, so it was chilly at night. They provided space heaters that warmed the room tremendously. They have separate onsens for women & men. The women\'s one was small and intimate ~ perfect for first timers like myself & my friend :) Once you get in once, you\'ll want to keep going back! It\'s sooo relaxing! I went on the night tour of the cemetery that they offer(highly recommended), led by a most precious monk. He graciously spoke English to our multi-lingual crowd ~ and he was funny! Ah, what an endearing soul. The surrounding mountain town was adorable as well. Lots of little shops, and it was great to walk around and see the other temples in the area. From the time my friend & I set foot on Eko-In to the time we (reluctantly) parted, we had nothing short of a phenomenal time. I can say nothing but wonderful things about Eko-In. I don\'t usually take time to write reviews, but I mustn\'t let a treasure like this go without praise. I very highly, with no reservations, absolutely recommend choosing Eko-In for your stay.
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