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Our best temples

Ease your mind at one of our best Buddhist temples (Shukubo). Forget your daily routine, join monks in their morning pray, and taste vegetarian meals (Shojin-ryori). Though all temples are different, the following temples have been selected for the unique experiences they provide. Staying at such a temple is something you will never forget.

#1 Shojoshin-in
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Shojoshin-in is one of the oldest temples on Mount Koya (Koyasan) – built 3 years before Kongobuji Temple. Shojoshin-in has Japanese style gardens and a pond. It’s located next to the Okunoin cemetery.
#2 Eko-in
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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, upon advance reservation. Sessions can be translated in English and English brochures are available if there is no interpreter.
#3 Fukuchi-in
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Located in Koyasan, this temple offers the whole Buddhist experience plus hot spring baths (it’s the only one in Koyasan with such facilities). This large, beautiful temple has 70 Japanese-style rooms.
#4 Senju-in
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This traditional Buddhist Temple has welcome guests since the Edo period (1603 to 1868). Senju-in is located on the east side of the Mt Ikoma, between Osaka and Nara. There are 14 guest rooms available and none of the guest rooms have private baths or toilets.
#5 Rengejo-in
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Rengejo-in has interesting temple architecture, a traditional Japanese garden, and 46 Japanese-style guest rooms. Rengejo-in provides shared baths for both women and men, and “shojin ryori” or Buddhist Monk vegetarian meals are served to the guests. After breakfast, there is also a Japanese/English lecture about the history of Mt Koya and Buddhism.
#6 Saikan Haguroyama-Sanrosho
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This Buddhist temple is located in Haguroyama and is part of the Three Mountains of Dewa. It’s an historical building, originally called Kezouin, but was rebuilt in 1697.