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Rengejo-in

Style: Buddhist-Temple

Price Per Person:
¥11880 ~ ¥16200

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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.

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.

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

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:
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  • Children under 12 Years allowed:
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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.