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Hoon-in

Style: Buddhist-Temple

Price Per Person:
¥10,800 ~ ¥10,800

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Address (English)

283 Koya-cho
Ito -gun

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Hoon-in. This traditional Buddhist Temple has a very warm and cozy atmosphere, and it is recommended for guests seeking a family-style temple. The hosts at Hoon-in are very friendly, and will go out of their way to make you feel at home. There are 16 Japanese-style guest rooms in their "Honkan" and "Bekkan". None of the guest rooms have private baths or toilets. Hoon-in provides shared baths for both women and men, and "shojin ryori"or Buddhist Monk vegetarian meals are served to the guests.

Important warning: Please note that in Mt Koya there are 2 temples with a very similar name: Hoon-in and Honno-in. Japanese Guest Houses only works with Hoon-in. Please make sure you go to Hoon-in.

Welcome to Hoon-in. This traditional Buddhist Temple has a very warm and cozy atmosphere, and it is recommended for guests seeking a family-style temple. The hosts at Hoon-in are very friendly, and will go out of their way to make you feel at home. There are 16 Japanese-style guest rooms in their "Honkan" and "Bekkan". None of the guest rooms have private baths or toilets. Hoon-in provides shared baths for both women and men, and "shojin ryori"or Buddhist Monk vegetarian meals are served to the guests.

Important warning: Please note that in Mt Koya there are 2 temples with a very similar name: Hoon-in and Honno-in. Japanese Guest Houses only works with Hoon-in. Please make sure you go to Hoon-in.

Facilities

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GUEST ROOMS

  • Japanese Style Room with Private Bath and Toilet
  • Japanese Style Room with Private Toilet Only
  • Large Japanese Style Room
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Towels

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

REGULAR BATHING FACILITIES

  • 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

  • Special Meal Request (e.g. No Pork)
  • Vegetarian Meals (with fish)
  • Vegetarian Meals (no fish but with fish broth)
  • Western-style Breakfast

DINING ARRANGEMENTS

  • Dinner Served in Guest Room
  • Breakfast Served in Guest Room

OTHER

  • English Ability of the Ryokan Staff/Owners:
    Basic English Spoken
  • Internet Connection:
    No Internet Connection
  • Parking:
    Free Parking
  • Curfew Time:
    22:00
  • Pickup Service:
  • Single Guests:
  • Children under 12 Years allowed:
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Peaceful, charming temple in an extraordinary place

Kelly

Date of Review: October, 2017

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We loved this temple - beautiful, spotless traditional rooms; peaceful location; charming staff (who spoke good English). We found it so restful and restorative after the craziness of Japanese cities! Loved the onsen bathing arrangements. The food was memorable and interesting to try, though we wouldn\'t to eat it every day... (lots of tofu/pickled veg/algae....) Koya-San as a whole is a magical and memorable place. A highlight of our trip to Japan.

Hoon in

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: Spain

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 2

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 1

Room Rating - 3

I Don\'t like the experience in this ryokan. If the experience must be peaceful and the ryokan keeps their costums, is it logic to have a big tv in the room? We arrived at the afternoon and we had to stay there because dinner was at 18.30. So, when we finished, we couldnt go to the cementery because our ryokan was too far and ryokan close door at 9 pm. In adition, in this ryokan you can only have a shower in the afternoon. In the morning, it is not allowed. So, we had not enough time to have dinner, have a shower, Go to the cementery and arrive to the ryokan at 9 pm. We only were in Hoon in 1 night. So, the next day we have breakfast at 7 o\'clock and when we arrive to our room after breakfast, 7.45 am, our futon had been picked up and kept in the wardrobe. I was in this ryokan for 15 hours and the price I paid was too high.I didn\'t like the experience in it. I am sure that in other, it had been better. So, I think that prices in this ryokan are rather high for lots of incovenients.

Interesting experience and cordial staff for a high price

Date of Review: August, 2017

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 2

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 3

It was very interesting to sleep in a monastery and try a different type of accomodation from what most people are usually accustomed to - something I definitely recommend. Having said this the food wasn\'t really of my liking (lots of algae, tofu and other particular little dishes), the rules were rather strict (early curfue and necessity to attend the morning prayer at 7AM), the showers really were not great and the price was rather high. Cordial and available staff, although not all of the monks/ other employees spoke English. Surprisingly rapid wifi and modern bathrooms (excluding the public showers)

Beautiful, comfortable and heart-warming stay

Matthew

Date of Review: August, 2017

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

A peak experience in my travels through Japan (and through life in general). The monks were exceptionally friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere was very intimate and tranquil. To join the morning prayer services is a tremendous gift. To dine every night like a Buddhist king on traditional, high quality, Koyasan shojin ryori (temple vegetarian food) was beyond peaceful. And to rest and fall asleep in a spacious room, with a complementary pot of delicate green tea, surrounded by birds and lush gardens could not have been more relaxing. Thank you to all the wonderful people who made my time here so special.

Quiet mountain temple

Brett

Month of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Hoon-in was a quaint and nice temple. Certainly not one of the bigger ones but the rooms were spacious enough and the food was quite good. It serves the traditional Buddhist monk vegetarian fare which was really good to have (except the seaweed, weird texture). There were only a few other guests besides my wife and I while we were there so it was very quite and uncrowded. The atmosphere of the place isn\'t much different from a usual ryokan, I was expecting a bit more...mysticism maybe? But still a nice place. The staff were friendly and the monk that showed us around spoke good English. Not having seen Buddhist prayers before, it was very interesting to see and hear them in the morning. I would have liked a bit of an explanation of what was being said or what/why was happening but it was still very serene and peaceful. The temple does have a curfew (9pm I believe) which in the summer when the sun sets late doesn\'t leave much opportunity to see the rest of Koyasan at night or do the night cemetery tour. It\'s quite close to one of the main temples where the bell and pagoda is and it\'s only about a 15 minute walk through town to get to the cemetery on the other side. Overall, a nice place to stay and would recommend but not having stayed in any other temples I can\'t say how different/same it is.

Very interesting experience

Julien

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Located on Mount Koya, at a walking distance from everything there is to see there, Hoon-in offers a very interesting experience. Since it is a Buddhist temple, you are served special vegetarian meals and can attend the morning prayer, which is a unique experience. There is nice and calm atmosphere, and the place is very comfortable and beautiful (not to mention that Koya-san is definitely a must-see in Japan). I would definitely recommend Hoon-in to those going to Koya-san.

Great days

Luca

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Beautifoul place and great atmosphere, absolutely recommended.

Review Hoon-In

Jonna

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Overall, really happy with experience. The staff was lovely and their English was very good. The food was really delicious and exceeded our expectations. Koyasan itself was definitely worth seeing. Should note that the rooms are traditional, so the walls are made out of thick paper, so needed to be mindful of neighbouring rooms - conversations can be heard.

Lovely guest house

Joanne

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Very easy to find Hoon-in after bus drop off from station and close to many places of interest. Food was excellent and so beautifully presented. Staff were lovely and facilities immaculate. Room was comfortable and heater was good to warm it up. However I had a room on the ground floor near the entrance and next to dining room so it was very noisy early in the morning and late at night and the paper walls mean it is not dark at all so eye mask and ear plugs would be recommended. For that reason it was a bad nights sleep but still a lovely experience.

Unforgettable Experience

Michele

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had a relaxing & enjoyable time in Hoon-In & Koyasan. The monastery was easy to find, & close to the bus stop. We were able to check-in early & our room was very clean & comfortable. Food at Hoon-In was absolutely delicious, whole new level of Japanese vegetarian food. Hoon-In was also nearby to famous shrines (walking distance away), so you don\'t waste time figuring out places to go. Hoon-In is Highly recommended!

Very Good

Meric

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Turkey

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I had a very pleasant stay at Hoon-in. I spent just one day and night at Mt. Koya, which was enough in my opinion. I arrived at around 10am to Hoon-in and could check-in and leave my belongings in my room already, even though it was before the check-in time. After visiting the beautiful cultural attractions of Mt. Koya, none of them were far away by the way and I walked to all of them, I headed to Hoon-in for the delicious vegetarian dinner. The dinner time was 6pm for everyone, and there was a curfew at 9pm, which was not a problem, since almost nothing is open in the night. The room was comfortable with a few useful furniture like a table and a couple of small statues. The floor was covered with tatami mats, and Yukata was provided to everyone to wear. The bed was a quite thick one placed onto the floor and was very comfortable. The restroom was very clean and the toilets high-tech. Regarding taking a bath, there were no private showers; it was onsen style, i.e. everyone takes showers in the same room (there were two rooms separated based on gender) naked, and there was a small hot tub as well. In the morning I visited the Buddhist service at 6:30am in the temple, which was an amazing experience. Afterwards, I had breakfast at 7am, again with everyone staying there. Both meals were vegetarian and a monk, who speaks English very well, explained all the various dishes to us. It is plenty of food, and if you do not feel full at the end, you can always request extra rice. The meals are served on trays and we ate while sitting on tatami mats on the floor. The payment is done at the very end, while checking out. Even though it was a bit expensive costing around 90 dollars per night, I got a single room, which was quite spacious, and it was an amazing experience, so it was worth it.

Amazing

Lisa

Date of Review: April, 2017

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had a very pleasant stay at Hoon-in. Unfortunately it rained on our first day but it was very relaxing in the ryokan. The monks English was very good and they are very welcoming. Mt Koya was a beautiful site to see, with lots of interesting temples and plenty of delicious food to choose from. I would highly recommend to any visitor.

Amazing experience

Chris

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The stay in the monastery was an amazing experience for us, from the traditional rooms, to the delicious and plentiful food and being allowed to observe the spiritual prayers in the morning. Koya is a pretty town, but March might have been a little early in the season to go there - we found it very cold when outside touring the temples.

Hoon-in

Patricia

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: United Kingdom

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 3

Our experience in Hoon-in was very nice, and the hospitality was excellent. I liked the food but not all members of my group enjoyed it so much, definitely think it\'s a good experience though! Hoon-in is located very close to the Daimon gate, and hiking trails, as well as other temples. It\'s on the other side of town from where the cementery is located, but it\'s only a brisk 30 minute walk away, definitely worth a visit! The downside is you can hear everything going on around the temple from your own room as walls are very thin. Definitely recommend for a night!

Peaceful with warm hospitality

Ulana

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Hoon-in is well located within walking distance of some of the key sights in Koyasan. As you stepped in from the street to the front door tranquility descends. Our room was large and had a smaller room adjacent to it where we were able to leave our luggage. The interior is very well kept and has beautiful woodwork and traditional screens throughout. The prayer room was stunning in its decoration and the morning prayers a nice way to ease into the day. In March it was rather chilly at Koyasan but we had a kotatsu and a heater in the room and the prayer room had a heated carpet. The heater kept the room warm and cosy. The toilet and bath facilities were also warm and clean. The food was simply outstanding and hard to believe that it was vegetarian. Beer and sake was available to accompany the dinner at an additional cost. Finally, the hospitality was very warm and english is spoken. For those who are concerned about vegetarian meals there are restaurants in town that serve non veg food.

Peaceful with warm hospitality

Ulana

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Hoon-in is well located within walking distance of some of the key sights in Koyasan. As you stepped in from the street to the front door tranquility descends. Our room was large and had a smaller room adjacent to it where we were able to leave our luggage. The interior is very well kept and has beautiful woodwork and traditional screens throughout. The prayer room was stunning in its decoration and the morning prayers a nice way to ease into the day. In March it was rather chilly at Koyasan but we had a kotatsu and a heater in the room and the prayer room had a heated carpet. The heater kept the room warm and cosy. The toilet and bath facilities were also warm and clean. The food was simply outstanding and hard to believe that it was vegetarian. Beer and sake was available to accompany the dinner at an additional cost. Finally, the hospitality was very warm and english is spoken. For those who are concerned about vegetarian meals there are restaurants in town that serve non veg food.

A cozy little place with great hospitality

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

It was chilly inside, but that's to be expected given the nature of traditional Japanese buildings. Our room was cozy, the food was good, the hospitality great, and the bath was wonderful. It was a bit off the beaten path, but located next to a bus stop, which was good. Going to the morning prayer was nice too. All together a great experience!!

Quietness

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

Everything you could expect of the old and traditional Japan Slow way , quietness , tranquility,calmness, serenity Food: a real Shojin Ryori Morning pray : a must

Lovely service, quite and peaceful

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I got there early and they let me use my room straight away. I had a lovely spacious room with the basics which were beyond my expectations. The hospitality is impeccable. The food was delicious and the surroundings were beautiful. Had the hot bath all for myself before dinner and morning prayer was a very interesting experience.

Hoon-In, Koya

Month of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: US

Atmosphere Rating - 2

Food Rating - 2

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 1

I struggled with this temple b/c of the dense dense odor of mildew or mold or both. My clothing was so saturated w/the smell that I had to wash all my clothes upon returning to Tokyo. I do not like saying that b/c the people there are LOVELY and Koya is nothing short of amazing. But honestly, the place is run-down w/stains on the shoji, dead insects on the stairs. There was one barely functional outlet in the room. But overall, the terrible smell is what sent me packing three days early. I felt badly about leaving. If you have any allergies, I cannot recommend this particular place. Sorry!! If you do not mind, walking, Hoon-In is on the far end of town by the Daimon Gate. The bus seems to run less frequently to that end of town as well.

Unforgettable experience in Japan

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: Portugal

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

This was our first stay at a temple ever, so we cannot really compare with other accommodations of this type, but this was a really nice, welcoming and pleasant stay. The staff was very kind and the food was superb, better than we expected regarding not only quality but quantity as well. It's really peaceful and highly recommended to stay one night at Koyasan to experience the surroundings, its temples and cemetery (please visit at night as well as during the day!) and Hoon-in is a great option.

Hoon-in Mount Koya

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 2

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

Quiet, unless you have very chatty and loud guests below or above you. Ok, but not amazing, or nearly as I (quite mistakenly?) imagined it would be. More like a very basic business/guest house. The food was good, especially on the first day, and the young monk who greeted the guests was pleasant.

Unforgettable experience

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Greece

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 5

Very peaceful ryokan, with amazing cuisine and very warm hospitality.Hot bathtub(not in room). A place that you can empty your self and clear your mind. The only bad thing is the televisions that the rooms are equipped. So if your neighbor cannot spend a night without tv, you are forced to listen the sound until he falls asleep as the walls are from paper. It would be better if they were removed.

Excellent place.

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Mexico

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The service was excellent, everybody in the Ryokan is very kind to help you in what you may need. The rooms are very comfortable in a traditional Ryokan. The breakfast and dinner are personally prepared an with very good quality and served in a Japanese way. If anyone wants to live a traditional Japanese experience, this is a very good place to do it. I believe it is very well located, even you need to walk a little to get to many interesting places.

Very Enjoyable Stay

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Hoon-in is very conveniently located and we were pleasantly surprised by how cozy and peaceful it was. The hospitality was amazing and Hoon-in seemed to have attracted great guests too. Having visited a few temples, the morning prayers were hands down the best at Hoon-in. I would honestly go back to Hoon-in for many things, and the morning chanting is close to the top of my list. Food was amazing, and so was the service. Quick observation - other ryokans in the area looked a lot larger and you can see whole tour buses parked next to them full of guests. In comparison Hoon-in hosted a much smaller group of people making it that much more peaceful. Quite a few months after the stay, we keep remembering how great the monks and people running the Hoon-in were. Very pleasant experience! Note: For those of you who are worried about the language barrier, they spoke great English and we never had any issues communicating.