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Rengejo-in

Style: Buddhist-Temple

Price Per Person:
¥11,880 ~ ¥16,200

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Address (English)

700 Koyasan, Koya-cho
Ito -gun

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Rengejo-in. This traditional Buddhist Temple, or Shukubo in Japanese, is located near the Mount Koya cable car station. 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. Check-in time is after 3:00pm and check-out time is before 9:00am. Parking is available and some English is spoken.

Please note: This is a temple run by Buddhist monks so please do not expect to receive the same services as what you would expect at a ryokan or hotel. The level of service will be lower. There are also morning services that you are expected to attend.

Welcome to Rengejo-in. This traditional Buddhist Temple, or Shukubo in Japanese, is located near the Mount Koya cable car station. 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. Check-in time is after 3:00pm and check-out time is before 9:00am. Parking is available and some English is spoken.

Please note: This is a temple run by Buddhist monks so please do not expect to receive the same services as what you would expect at a ryokan or hotel. The level of service will be lower. There are also morning services that you are expected to attend.

Facilities

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GUEST ROOMS

  • Japanese Style Room with Private Bath and Toilet
  • Japanese Style Room with Private Toilet Only
  • 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:
    Good English Spoken
  • Internet Connection:
    Wifi Available
  • Parking:
    Free Parking
  • Curfew Time:
    No Curfew
  • Pickup Service:
  • Single Guests:
  • Children under 12 Years allowed:
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Wonderful Stay

Julia

Date of Review: June, 2018

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Austria

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

We had a really nice night in the most perfect garden room. Meditating with the monks was an interesting experience. Food was great.

Nice

David

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: United Kingdom

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 4

Nice stay, considering was the first time staying in a temple. Unfortunately I would not recommend it. Really nice place and nice food but the experience is not any different from staying in another ryokan somewhere else. Very touristy. Baths are indoor, small, sort of modern and open only 2 hours a day. Monks have little or no interaction with guests apart from the 2 ceremonies in which guests are allowed; I might be wrong but actually my feeling is that those are specifically set up for guests. Koyasan is a nice place to visit but not a must in my opinion. We (a couple) spent 3 days and night in Koyasan and apart from temples and the cemetery the area has not really much to offer. If you\'re really keen to visit I would suggest staying in a different accommodation (b&b or wherever is cheaper) and visit the temples during the day. Everything is walking distance. If you\'re looking to meditate I suggest other options (diy or with a \'local guide\') as well as the temple is quite noisy and busy with tourists. Not a great experience after all but not a bad one either.

Doubt about the true purpose of these open door temples.

Quentin

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 2

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 2

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

Disclosure: as I only stayed in this temple, unsure if my comment is applicable to all Ryokans or only this one. Facilities are great, location is also very convenient as all temples are actually close to the main sights (mostly because this is a tiny town). Everything is hence accessible walking, you don\'t need the bus pass if you are fine walking 10-15KM during the day. Nonetheless, after my night there, I cannot relate the excitement mentioned in other comments. From what is being communicated, the main purpose for the monks to open their doors to foreigners is to educate and raise awareness about their religion, practices and believes. In order to do this, I\'d have expect to receive more background about all the points mentioned before. Instead, we\'ve attended 3 ceremonies amongst which 2 of them were without explanations and one in a barely understandable English. This is the only contact and exchange of information with the hosts we\'ve had throughout our stay. I am leaving that place, knowing what a ceremony look like, what their meals taste like (pretty good tbh) but without any type of clue on the purpose of their religion, explanation about their isolation, the importance of Koya-San for them, their rituals, the ideas they are trying to bring forward, ... Left as ignorant as I was, Internet being the only source of information being able to decrypt what I had witness. Although their goal is to share and explain their belief, I really felt like they were happy to receive our money (quite expensive night) and manage to avoid contact as much as possible. Don\'t get me wrong, Koya-San is an incredible place and I\'d recommend anyone to visit and admire the incredible atmosphere of the cemetery. Now I believe that is completely possible in a one-day trip as the night over didn\'t bring any value to my journey. Overall, amazed by Koya-San but very disappointed over the hospitality, lack of communication and almost ignorance about the people coming to learn more about these people\'s life purpose.

Wonderful Stay

Mary

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We loved our stay at the Rengejo-in! The grounds and garden were beautiful, our Tatami mat room was quite comfy and the experience of meditating AND praying with the monks is unforgettable. Also, the meals were incredible. I would give this experience a 10.

Beautiful Garden

Lee tiang

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 2

Staff Rating - 1

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Beautiful garden for viewing only. We are not allowed to walk in the garden. I am not able to make comparison as it is my first stay at Ryokan. Japanese politeness is not found at Rengejo-in Ryokan. Cold dinner served on 2nd night.

Excellent experience!

Elena

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Greece

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

It was worth the trip up to Koyasan! The premises were excellent! Highly recommended experience, that adds up to a trip in Japan! Arrive early to follow the full program of the monastery!

Great experience

Asha

Date of Review: April, 2018

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: The Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

A beautiful place that is worth visiting while you\'re in Japan. The meditation session in the evening and chanting prayer early in the morning are memorable experiences. The (vegetarian) breakfast and dinner was very good. Staff is very friendly and helpful and speak English. The room was lovely, with a heater for the cold nights and airconditioning for the warm days. Bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. Because of the woorden floor you can hear people walking in the hallways very well. My room was probably part of a bigger room which was divided by room screens, so I could hear my neighbours very well. The temple and Koyasan itself have beautiful nature and are very quiet. This temple is at the beginning of a lovely street with more temples/places to stay. The cemetery is a 30 minute walk away through the quiet and lovely streets of Koyasan.

Excelent!!

Nicolas

Date of Review: April, 2018

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Argentina

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Great experience!! It´s something different.. the place is beatiful, very quiet and with great places to visits arround

Best experience of our trip

Darran

Date of Review: April, 2018

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Sweden

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

Our initial preferred guest house was booked out and the staff at Japanese Guest Houses were great support in suggesting a similar option and helping with the booking. The location wasn\'t the easiest to get to. There was some damage to the rail line and a bus service was put in place instead of half the train and cable car. We were warned before our trip and were prepared for the change in transport. It isn\'t on a JR rail line either (JR Pass won\'t work). But I think they reopened the line a week after our visit. The welcome and staff were very nice (as experienced throughout Japan) and room was very traditional. There was a heater in the room as it was a little chilly at night. We also plugged out a noisy air purifier at night when going to sleep. The meditation session before dinner was an experience, but was very full. There was a school group also staying at the same time. Dinner followed directly after and was very tasty. As my wife was a Vegetarian, this was a highlight of the trip as she didn\'t have to worry about the food at all! After dinner there was a fire ceremony (we were lucky as this doesn\'t happen every day) which was very interesting to attend. We didn\'t hear the group staying at all after dinner as they were staying in a different section. So it was very peaceful at night. In the morning the prayer ceremony wasn\'t as full as the previous night and we enjoyed it even more. Breakfast followed be a check out meant we had the rest of the day to explore the area and different temples and sights before getting the bus and train back to Osaka. Overall, it was a lovely experience, calm, peaceful and very much enjoyable as a change from the hustle of the other touristy spots in Japan.

Very nice experience half ruined by rude tourists

Alexandra

Date of Review: April, 2018

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We stayed one night at the temple with our two teenagers and loved it. The room was beautifully prepared, and heated when we arrived, the traditional outfit we were offered for the stay was a plus. We enjoyed the meditation session before dinner, the fire ceremony after dinner and the chanting prayer, very moving, at 6 am. The head monk took the time to explain in English the meaning of their traditions. The snow in the morning was a great surprise, making everything even more magic! Our only regret is to have stayed in a temple with so many rooms. A group of loud and badly behaved tourists almost ruined our stay. We were staying in Kyoto and rented a car to reach Koyasan, the driving in the countryside and mountains around was just amazing, one of our favorite moment. A stroll in the cemetery is a must, we did it early in the morning, and it was a unique experience, really. Very inspiring.

Paceful experience

Jose

Date of Review: April, 2018

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Switzerland

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We wanted so much to stay at a buddhist temple in Koyasan and we fulfill our desire and every of our expectations at Rengejo-in. The monks were very open and amiable. Being part of their ceremonies and meditation time was a great experience. To watch the dry garden and the falling of the leafs on it was pure tranquility. Thank you very much for everything!

Wonderful temple stay

Thekla

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Germany

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The temple stay was one of the highlights of my trip. The traditional Japanese style rooms are very comfortable and snug with a gas heater and air conditioning. But since the weather on mount Kōya was still really cold in March, I would recommend to bring warm clothes, especially since the toilets and the bathroom are separate from the rooms. Bathing is only possible for two hours in the evening. But soaking in a hot Japanese bath makes up for that. The monks and staff are very helpful and welcoming and invite the guests to meditate and chant with them. The food was delicious.

One night was not enough!

Amber

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Everything was amazing! I can\'t wait to go back and stay longer. I would definitely recommend this Ryokan to anyone traveling to the Mount Koya area. We didn\'t have enough time to explore the town and all it had to offer (plus it was very rainy), but I would book a week here in a heartbeat.

Lovely location - amazing experience

Eliza

Date of Review: February, 2018

Month of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: The Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This is definitely a MUST-DO on your list if you visit Japan! Great experience with the evening en morning ceremony plus the Vegan dinner was really delicious! There was a lot of snow and it was very cold but there were heaters provided in the room and it was enough to keep the room warm. The downside was that the toilets were on the other side of the Temple so we had to go out and walk through the cold to use the toilet and bathroom facilities. There were 2 other couples beside us thus it was very quiet so we could enjoy everything at its best! Definitely worth paying a visit!!

Highlight of our trip

Severine

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Belgium

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Memorable experience. Meditation and chanting were new to us. The head monk introduced us to Koyasan history. We were the only ones in the temple that night so we could fully enjoy the dinner, bath and quiet atmosphere. Don\'t forget warm clothes in winter!

Tranquil experience

Karin

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: The Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Koyosan is a beautiful place to visit, very mystical and tranquil. Although the weather wasn\'t too good (rain because typhoon Lan) I had a lovely stay at Rengejo-in. I stayed here for two nights and participated in the morning ceremony and evening meditations. The meditations were very special, and memorable. The food was also exquisite, well prepared and served with love. I had a wonderful stay.

A beautiful and calm place

Dorit

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Israel

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The temple is beautiful, calm and clean. The food was good. Participating in the ceremonies brought us further into the atmosphere

Great experience with great food

Tom

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

A beautiful place with nice people and great food. We enjoyed it very much.

very good except for noisy tourists

Ian

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

It was a great experience, marred by a group of inconsiderate tourists who arrived late in the evening (after the dinner) and did not respect the tranquility of the place. Mobile phones should be put on flight mode the moment you enter the temple with no photos allowed during the meditation etc. What\'s the point of being attached when one is trying to be detached. Very considerate of the head monk to give some background in English. All ll the staff were friendly and patient.

Great place to stay with kids

Rob

Date of Review: August, 2017

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: The Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

What a beautiful place to stay on the holy mountain of Koya San. Nice people who were Bert helpfull. Beautiful rooms and interesten food. We stayed for two nights with three kids (17. 15 and 11 years old) and had a wonderpil time.

Really cool experience, bring light bags

Lucia

Date of Review: June, 2017

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Costa Rica

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I went for 2 nights in May and I\'m glad I did. It was a unique experience meditating with the monks, they were very friendly to us visitors and really went out of their way to give us a good intro into their type of Esoteric Buddhism - I highly recommend this trip to anyone with an interest in meditation, Buddhism and/or Japanese Culture. Getting there from Kyoto on public transport was not smooth and there were many changes but we eventually got to the temple and the staff was very friendly, the place very unique and pretty and the food very good. We got a room with a garden view which I definitely recommend splurging on if your budget allows for it. It had it\'s own sink area which is great if, like my mother, you\'re not a fan of shared bathroom facilities. The lady that showed us around told us it was ok to use a small individual bathroom that was right in front of our room - however we never figured out how to get hot water working there. I am glad I went for 2 nights and not 1 because otherwise time would have been too tight to enjoy Koyosan. My biggest recommendation for guests visiting Koyosan is: TAKE SMALL BAGS with you. We didn\'t and it was a hassle to lug them around all the train changes and then carry them to our room without rolling (no rolling permitted on temple floors). We really wished we\'d prepared a small pack of clothes and left our bags at a locker facility in Namba Station.

Nice but touristic

Kostis

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 2

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 5

The food was very good, the monks were very kind, the place was great but very very very touristic, which spoils the whole experience. We went for two days, but one is fine especially if you are not a Buddhist. The cost is very high for no special reason, comparing to the rest of the ryokans in Japan.

Great experience

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

Very nice atmosphere. Monks are very pleasant and welcoming. Room One of the best experiences in Japan.

Excellent Japanese experience

Melina

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Argentina

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

We had an amazing time. I truly recommend this experience. It was a relaxing, confortable and beautiful stay. The staff was very helpful and the monks were very friendly! April is a good time to go there since its not too hot and not too cold. The food was great, vegetarian and typical Japanease. The ceremonies were amazing, the monk spoke in Japanese but in the and made a short speech in english.

Best part of our trip

Nicholas

Date of Review: April, 2017

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: United States

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

The whole experience was great! The room was beautiful, the ceremonies were enlightening, and the meals were surprisingly filling. I definitely suggest this experience to travelers looking for a new experience. My brother said he has never been so relaxed in all his life. Not centrally located in Koyosan, but if you\'re comfortable walking around, the town is not too big to manage. Unfortunately our evening prayer ceremony interfered with our desire to partake in a night tour of the nearby cemetery (which is a MUST).

Nice and comfortable Ryokan

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Lithuania

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

First of all, I've been only in this Ryokan, so I can't compare, but... Although modest and simple from outside, inside garden had water pool shaped like a creek (I'm not sure now, maybe it was a real creek) with big colorful fishes and it was breathtaking. I got nice, surprisingly big and comfortable room with windows to that beautiful garden. Staff was pleasant and helpful, regrettably did't speak English very well, but enough to get by. During morning ceremony in the temple everything was in Japanese and best English speaking monk was away, so I got quite little explanation. Despite that whole experience was memorable, small, but intimate and picturesque temple created really great atmosphere and I felt elated. The singing (chant) was resonating, I would have definitely bought a CD, didn't think to ask if they have such, probably not. Hot springs bath was nice, I'm not a specialist (rather a shower guy), so can't really expand on that. I'm not vegetarian, so didn't like meals like as much as in customary hotels, but it was well served, good and filling. Next morning (I was staying only one night) I could leave my luggage in the Ryokan after the checkout time and go for a walk around most of Mt.Koya. It took only few hours on foot to visit everything that I planned to and come back. Rengejo-in is only few stops from cable car station, so very easy to find and to leave. All in all I had a great experience, can heartily recommend it for everyone!

Great traditional Japanese experience

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: South Africa

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My first stay at a traditional Japanese inn, since it is a temple the stay was especially interesting. I appreciated the chance to experience the way of Buddhism and learned a lot. The monks were friendly and educational and most helpful when exploring Mt. Koya. We had heavy snow fall but heaters were provided and the snow on the mountain and the temple gardens were magical. Just bring very warm close when visiting during winter. I recommend a stay at Rengejo-in

Absolutely recommandable place to stay in Koyasan

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Germany

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We were 5 people and could share one big room (which were acutally two I think) together. Everything was just perfect besides that it was still really cold for being spring in Japan. The staff is warm hearted and some english is spoken. The highlight is definitely attending the evening and morning ceromonies that also had a short english translation at the end. I do like meat, but the vegetarian (actually it might even be vegan) food was absolutely excellent and high class. All in all a highly recommanded place to stay if you visit koyasan. Just remember that you might need some extra layers if you visit the place during the autumn/winter/spring season.

Trop peu pour le tarif proposé

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: CANADA

Atmosphere Rating - 2

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 2

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

L'endroit est typique: un temple. Mais l’atmosphère est impersonnel et froid. Le personnel est aimable, sans plus. Les lieux sont très propres et sécuritaires. Les repas sont très bien mais il est possible de trouver aussi bien dans d'autres hébergements et à un meilleur prix. Autant pour la cérémonie que pour les repas, les touristes occidentaux sont séparés des touristes asiatiques ce qui ne permet pas de vivre pleinement une expérience enrichissante. Outre le fait de dormir dans un temple et de croiser des moines qui ne daignent vous saluer, la prestation ne vaut pas le prix demandé. D'autres Ryokans offrent plus pour moins.

Wonderful place to stay in Koya san

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We visited Koya San and stayed at Rengejo-In in April 2014. The temple and its garden are beautiful and the personnel was very helpful. We had a relatively large room which was very nicely decorated. In the afternoon there was an meditation session followed by a superb vegetarian dinner. At the end of the meal the head-priest his 94 year old mother joined us and told us stories about the history of the temple and herself in absolutely perfect english, very enjoyable and interesting. Very recommendable stay.

Disapointing

Month of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Switzerland

Atmosphere Rating - 1

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 2

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 4

Very very noisy, it was impossible to sleep because many children of baseball teams were running and shouting in the monastery. Nobody told them to calm down and it was awful even during meditation, priest and dinner. We expected a calm place and it was the worst place we have been in Japan. The price did not match the service at all.

Good

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Really enjoyed the experience. Very comfortable and the gardens are beautiful. The food was great!

Nice stay

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The place is absolutely worth a stay. Rooms are beautiful, with a lot of space, and (at least in my case) a great view on the garden. Also common spaces are great (e.g. the bath, the zen garden, the prayer building). Vegetarian food is very tasty and if, as I did, you stay two days they change the menu. Staff is - as customary in Japan, really helpful. Some speak a little English. The first evening there was the mother of the chief monk who entarteined us with the interesting history of her life. Just a warning: the temple main business seemed to me to be hospitality, and not prayer, so probably if you are looking for mysticism it's not exaclty the place. But really if you go in Koyasan this is a place to consider for a pleasant stay.

Tranquil, intriguing experience with great food

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Koyasan was fairly quiet when we were there. We had a spacious tatami mat room looking out on a peaceful stone garden. Slept well with earplugs to cut out the neighbours' chatter and later snoring. The sound carries easily. The meditation and chanting sessions proved a little challenging for sitting still on the floor for 40 minutes plus. There are stools if you want. Enjoyed the multi course dinner and the extended talk from the 94 year old lady who is the mother of the head priest. In the cool weather the hot Onsen was relaxing and rejuvenating. Japanese breakfast also good although I could have wished the tea and miso soup was a little hotter. Public transport to koyasan was very smooth and coordinated. Very interesting enormous cemetery to explore. All up a great experience that I recommend.

inconsiderate tourists

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 1

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 4

We went to the temple for an overnight stay to experience temple life and be a part of the meditation and chanting in the afternoon and morning. At first it was fine with what appeared to be about 10 other people staying but as we gathered for the afternoon meditation about 632 tourists rocked up shouting and carrying on. They came in and out of both ceromonys using the video recorders/cameras/mobiles and kept talking to each other. It ruined our whole stay. Good points were the head monk as he explained things in English and Japanese. Food was varied and tasty. Rooms were good quality Tatami/Japanese style. The monks were on and off friendly I think years of annoying tourists being rude to them is testing the buddist calm. To stay here when it's quiet it would be a good place to stay, but you run the risk of large groups spoiling the experience. Unless you are part of a large group who don't care about anyone else then this is the place for you.

Once in a Lifetime Experience

Month of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: Brazil

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 3

We crossed the world to visit Japan and really wanted to keep in touch with the real tradition of this country. Staying at a buddhist temple was a 'must do' during our trip. We were invited to watch the morning religious ceremony and this was 'the' experience at Koya-san. The vegetarian meals are really good, if you enjoy trying new tastes. As it was winter time, the room was cold. They provided a heater and a very interesting table with a heater downside. It was not enough to keep the room warm, as we had to go out to use the toilet. Anyway, it worth the visit. Japanese people are very polite and it was not different at the temple.

Lovely location - great experience

Month of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Very interesting place to visit. We enjoyed it very much.