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Shojoshin-in

Style: Buddhist-Temple

Price: ¥7000 ~ ¥15000

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Address (English)

556 Koyasan, Koya-cho
Ito-gun
Wakayama-ken

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Shojoshin-in. This large traditional Buddhist Temple is one of the oldest temples on Mount Koya (Koyasan) - built 3 years before Kongobuji Temple. Shojoshin-in has Japanese style guest rooms as well as a "Hanare" (private guest residence which has a private bath and toilet), Japanese style gardens and a pond. Shojoshin-in provides shared baths for both women and men, and "shojin-ryori" or Buddhist Monk vegetarian meals are served to the guests. The early morning service is followed by a short tour of the temple's treasures (in Japanese). This temple has a great location at the beginning of the tomb-lined pathway to Okunoin, making it convenient for your late-night stroll to the mausoleum. Originating as a thatched hut built by Kukai more than 1,150 years ago and once the second-largest temple in Koyasan after Kongobuji, today it boasts attractive 150-year-old buildings, including a large wooden structure with rooms overlooking a small garden and pond. If you decide to stay at Shojoshin-in, please prepare cash payment ahead of time, as they do not accept credit cards for payment (only used in case a guest does not show up). If you want to make and international ATM cash withdrawal, the local bank is open 8:45-17:00 on weekdays and 9:00-17:00 on weekends, and the post office, which has 2 international ATMs, is open 8:45-18:00 on weekdays, 9:00-17:00 on Saturdays and 9:00-15:00 on Sundays (however, neither of these are close to Shojoshin-in). Thank you.

Check-in Time: All guests must check in by 17:00 (5:00 PM). If you are unable to check in by 17:00 the temple will not be able to receive you and your reservation will be canceled.

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: A Little English Spoken
  • Internet Connection: Wifi Available
  • Parking: Free Parking
  • Curfew Time: No Curfew
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Trip of a lifetime

Ross

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Ireland

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

This place is absolutely phenomenal. Superlatives would be exhausted trying to do it justice. The Shojoshin-in experience just has to be done. From the moment you check in until you leave, you are immersed in an authentic and genuine atmosphere. The food is amazing, the morning ceremony is superb. The surrounding area provides lots to see and do. The only drawback was that the light in our bathroom didn\'t work and we couldn\'t find anyone to rectify it that night. For the price of the experience, you would expect such details to be checked.

Everything we dreamed of!

Mindy

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Everything about our experience was perfect! We stayed for one night in March at the end of our trip. It was a long travel to get to the Ryokan but it was everything we hoped for. The Vegetarian food was delicious. I loved learning about their shojin ryori cooking that they practice. The food was delicious and satisfying. What really appealed to me was how clean the facility and rooms were. The room and view from our window was breathtaking. I was so happy to see where we would be sleeping. It was very calming and warm. The onsen was incredibly clean and relaxing. Everything about our stay was special and very memorable. This was one of the highlights of my trip. If we visited again, I would stay for two nights. I would rate this property as a 5 start all around. Very clean, friendly staff, excellent food, fantastic location, unique experience. Just outside the Ryokan is a historic cemetery. This was a must see on my travel bucket list. The monuments are covered in moss and surrounded by 200-600 year old cedar trees. The path is open to the public to walk through at anytime. PS - When you return from dinner, you\'ll find hot water bottles at the foot of your bed to warm your feet! Such a nice surprise climbing into bed.

Best part of our trip to Japan

Robin

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

At first I was skeptical about making the trek to Koyasan in month of February when there are other more centrally located ryokans in Japan; however taking into account a family member\'s recommendation as well as the great reviews online, my husband and I decided to add it to our itinerary and it was one of the best decisions we made. Even in the blistering cold of February, Koyasan was a charming place to visit. The monks at Shojoshin-in were incredibly polite and welcoming. The facilities were perfect. While I was initially worried about the shared washroom, it proved to be so comfortable. There are sinks in each room, it is just the toilet and shower that you share - not to mention there are plenty of them so I never had to wait to use one. Furthermore, like everything else in Japan, facilities are clean and spotless. The meals were also delicious and filling. The prayer ceremony in the morning was just as serene I imagined. What a wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

Magical experience in a beautiful, uniquely Japanese winter-wonderland

Illya

Month Of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: New Zealand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My wife and I stayed at Shojoshin-in Temple in January and it was an absolutely wonderful experience that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Japan. Our perfect traditional Japanese style room, looked out over a perfect traditional Japanese Garden, complete with a Koi fish pond, and beyond this a view of snow-covered pine forest (magical for me as I live in a city where it does not snow). The location is ideal because it is right next to the mystical path to Okunoin Temple (we walked it at night) and within walking distance from the other temples in the town. The Buddhist food was exquisitely presented and was more than enough to fill us up. The temple has a very nice Onsen that will leave you feeling completely relaxed, and ready for bed. The staff were very friendly, accommodating and efficient. Observing the monks in prayer ceremony in the morning was an insightful way to enjoy the Buddhist experience as a whole. Add this to your itinerary for sure!

Beautiful experience!

Margarete

Month Of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We loved our stay in Shojoshin-in very very much!

Amazing!

Lindsey

Month Of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Everything about our stay at Shojoshin-in was perfect. The temple and surrounding area was absolutely gorgeous, the staff was friendly, and the overall experience was exactly what I had hoped for. I was grateful that we had the opportunity to participate in the morning services, too, because that was an experience I will never forget. I whole-heartedly recommend a stay at Shojoshin-in!

peaceful

Teresa

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

loved it. peaceful and quiet, i am a meat lover but i found the vegetarian meal very yummy. hughly recommend this temple.

Made our Honeymoon that much more magical

Lawrence

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: U.K.

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My wife and I visited Japan for our honeymoon and found this Ryokan and knew we had to stay here. It was approximately half way through our Honeymoon, and we were really looking forward to the stay after viewing some of the pictures on this website. The journey up to the Shojoshin-in was magical in itself, with a part of the journey being via Cable car. The initial welcome was very warm and set us at ease. The gentleman who greeted us spoke good English but also conversed with myself in Japanese, although it was broken on my half. We were shown around the temple, being told where breakfast and dinner would be held, shown where the morning prayers would be prayers and then shown our rooms, the toilets and the Onsen (which we couldn\'t wait to experience). The rooms were quite cold, but this was to be expected in the middle of December and at that altitude, but the room heater quickly and sufficiently heated the room. With dinner being held at %:30pm we had ample time to go and explore the surrounding area. We visited the local shops and stocked up on a few native delights, and then went and walked through Okunoin (This magnificent, mysterious necropolis of vast cedar trees and mossy tombstones is Koyasan\'s cemetery). This walk was spectacular and took us about 1 hour to reach Kobo Daishi\'s mausoleum and Torodo Hall (Hall of lamps). The walk was very spiritual and also relaxing, and we were also lucky enough for it to start snowing which added top the whole experience. Also a few metres past the Gobyonohashi Bridge that crosses a stream behind the Mizumuke Jizo that separates the innermost grounds of the temple from the rest of Okunoint, on the left side of the path lies the Miroku Stone, housed in a small cage. Visitors are challenged to lift the stone from the cage\'s lower platform to an upper platform with only one hand. It is believed that the stone feels lighter to good people and heavier to bad people, and that it can provide a connection to the Miroku Bodhisattva. I completed this challenge with numerous witnesses :) Back at the temple and the Vegetarian Dinner was delectable, and sufficiently satisfied our hunger from the walk. After dinner we tried the Onsen and we reluctant to get out. The Futon bed were amazingly comfortable and a great nights sleep was had. In the morning we were up early in order to witness the morning prayers. Now this was simply spectacular to be a part of and the whole time we were both enraptured by it. Breakfast was then served and was of the same amazing standard as the Dinner the night before. Shortly after breakfast we had to check out to continue on our journey, but now we know how wonderful the area is we will definitely spend more time there next time we visit. Staying he and experience the area isn\'t something that can be put into words. If you get the chance you HAVE to experience it for yourself!!

Great place!

Maheen

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Pakistan

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

the location is great at less that a minute walk from the bus stop and entrance of Okunoin. The monks speak really good english and are quite friendly. morning prayer was calming and a great way to start the day. The food was both delicious and a delight to look at. the bath was hot and really refreshing and the room was very comfortable and had tea, a heater, a locker, and a lovely view of the temple garden. Though the temple was cold, all the rooms had heaters and were cosy. the temple is very peaceful and a great place to relax, think, and be on your own; it is not a social place - there is next to no interaction with the few other guests or monks.

Amazing experience

Adriana

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My boyfriend and I loved staying at Shojoshin-in. It was snowing outside yet we still felt comfortable and warm in our room. The onsen was nice, clean and relaxing. The dinner and breakfast made the experience even better. We both loved the cuisine, the delicate food presentation and the delicious combination of food. Highly recommend!!

Winter wonderland

Elizabeth

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: USA and Brazil

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

We were extremely lucky to arrive in Koyasan just as the temperature dropped for one day and provided us with a magical snowfall. The monastary was cold, but the heater warmed up the room without any problem and the onsen helped to make us warm as well. The snowfall created a really beautiful atmosphere. We loved the room, the futons were very comfortable (more than in other ryokans we stayed in) and the vegetarian meal was absolutely delicious! We very much enjoyed the morning prayers as well-- I could have stayed there forever. The only negative is that once you are checked in, you are pretty much left to your own devices and don\'t really get an opportunity to learn about the monastary, about Shingon Buddhism or anything else. We felt this was really a shame and would have made the experience more meaningful. But we still loved it.

Highly Recommended

Soon Hao

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I was a solo traveler when I stayed a night at Shojoshin-in. The room is a traditional Japanese one, with sliding wooden doors, futons, a kotatsu and modern heaters that will keep you warm during the cold season. The traditional vegetarian meal was excellent, in terms of presentation as well as taste and quality. The staff is kind and helpful, but they were not able to speak fluent English. The location is perfect, just a 3-minute walk to the entrance of Okunoin, the famous cemetery. The hostel is easily accessible with just less than a minute walk from the bus stop. Moreover, the morning Buddhist prayers were enlightening, in a way, for me as a Buddhist at least. I absolutely enjoyed my stay there.

Experience Japanese temple culture

Charles

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

I stayed a night while traveling with friends who had overnighted at Shojoshin-in four years earlier. They had raved about the beauty of the temple, their experience, and the food. I found their enthusiasm was spot on, and they noted that the Temple had improved its amenities in the interim. First, the Temple staff and monks have improved their English skills, so checking in (credit cards are OK), being given a tour, and learning about how things are organized is now even easier for non-speakers. They have translated signs taped to most items (importantly, the heaters used in cold weather), and have installed Washlet toilets with heated seats in the shared facilities. But language flexibility and patience is still a good idea as staff are not fluent speakers. For example, the rooms have a sink and mirror unit with a sign \"water only\". That turns out to mean the hot water tap isn\'t connected. On the flip side of that, our attendant made it clear that the water from that tap was drinkable and pointed out the all the features of the room. For the security conscious, since the rooms don’t lock, there is a small safe in the closet. The rooms are spacious tatami mat arrangements with the bedding on the floor. Each room has a view of the garden. The baths are shared Japanese style, and are cedar tubs. That\'s a rare treat in Japan these days. One drawback for older guests, there are no chairs in the rooms or the dining areas, so you\'ll soon find out how flexible your knees and hips are. There are also flights of steep stairs to negotiate in the Temple provided slippers. The food is vegetarian and prepared and served in the best tradition of temple cuisine. It is lovingly and artistically presented in a dozen or more small dishes which adds up to a delicious and substantial meal. However, as others have pointed out, this is at 5:30 in the evening, so it\'s possible for those who don\'t eat all that is served are going to find themselves getting hungry if they stay up late. Breakfast is also typical Japanese, but for those desperate for coffee, the Temple has a drink machine with hot and cold canned coffees and other drinks. Since I was with friends, the Temple was happy to have us share a room for our meals. Also, the meals are the source of the per-person cost of Japanese style accommodation. On that basis, Shojoshin-in is not expensive compared to most traditional inns, especially those in remote locations such as Koya-san. The expectation is that the guests will attend the early morning prayer service in the Temple. While listening to the ritual chanting of sutras isn\'t to everyones\' taste, the chance to see the interior of the sanctuary and experience the devotion of the monks shouldn\'t be missed. The Temple have also added benches so guests no longer have to sit on the floor for 45 minutes. Finally, the Temple and its grounds are breathtaking and the location near the start of the path through the immense cemetery to Kukai\'s mausoleum. As others have noted, another improvement is that the gate to the Temple is always open so guests can walk the paths after dark, in the light of the thousands of stone lanterns that line the way.

Amazing Stay!

Rhiannon

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My Husband and I stayed at the Shojoshin-in for only one night, but let me tell you, we wish we could have stayed longer! The location was excellent - right next to the Okonuin graveyard which is a stunning walk to do, and there are heaps of temples and food places nearby if any of that is your thing. Staff were extremely friendly and left the guests to themselves which was nice. The guest rooms were comfortable, spacious and warm. The baths were also lovely, and everything was nice and clean. The food provided was incredible, each dish was so nicely prepared and we were super full after dinner/breakfast. The morning ceremony is also a must of you are staying here. Overall, can\'t recommend enough, we will be back one day for sure!

Unique Experience

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Philippines

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

Our stay in Koya was the highlight of our trip in Japan. As others have already mentioned, pack light when going to Koyasan. Shojoshin-in definitely has the best location as it is right next to the most beautiful place in Koya, the Okonuin. We loved that place so much that we visited it three times during our overnight stay. The food was excellent. It was very simple but so flavorful. The rooms were big and the futons were very comfortable. The bathrooms were shared but we sort of felt like we had it to ourselves. The hot bath was superb and definitely helped with the cold. The bathrooms were open from 4-10 pm. The staff spoke good English and were very accommodating. The place is no five star hotel and it does not try to be. Keep an open mind and enjoy the experience. This place is highly recommended.

Couldn\'t have asked for more.

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

It was just pure perfection. We couldn\'t have asked for anything more. We arrived and the staff were so helpful and kind. Our room was immaculate and just enough. The food was delicious and I felt so lucky to be there. We couldn\'t have wished that we stayed anywhere else. I don\'t know what the other guest houses were like, but I couldn\'t have imagined that they were any nicer. You should definitely visit.

Amazing stay!

Guilherme

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Brazil

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 2

Shojoshin-in was incredible. It\'s right next to the Okunoin cemetery, the best place to visit in Koyasan - best location ever! I\'d recommend not carrying any heavy luggage to your temple stay, as arriving in Koyasan requires various means of transportation (train to Gokurakubashi, cable car to Koyasan station and then a bus, which is often crowded). So remember to pack lightly. The distance, though, is well worth it. Such a peaceful place and a must-see if you\'re planning on visiting Japan. The village\'s high in the mountains, meanings it\'s considerably colder than Osaka - so I\'d also recommend bringing your warmest clothes if visiting in late fall/winter. My room was large and therefore a tad cold, even with the heater on. I shifted the futon bed closer so it felt a bit more cozy. Bathroom facilities were amazing, with plenty of (very) hot water. Just delicious! Like everyone here has already described, do not worry about the food: although you might not be able to tell what each dish is, it sure tastes amazing.

Very peaceful stay

David

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The temple is a truly wonderful place. The staff (monks) had very good English and were very welcoming. The facilities were very good. The room was very comfortable and had everything we needed (also a TV that we didn\'t need!). The dinner and breakfast were works of art, almost too beautiful to eat, but they were delicious as well. It is an amazing town in an amazing part of the world. It was very cold in November, but our room was very cosy and even at morning prayers (6:30am) there was a heater.

Wonderful Experience

Sarah

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We visited just as the autumn leaves were starting to turn so it was incredibly picturesque. We arrived around 4pm to the Ryokan, and decided to have a bath before dinner at 5. What an amazing experience. While it was a shared bathroom, we both had it to ourselves (male & female seperated). The bath was enormous and full of incredible hot water it warmed us right through. Dinner was amazing - we aren\'t sure what we ate, but it was one of the nicest vegetarian meals we have ever had. There was plenty to go around and so good. After dinner we went for a walk through the cemetary with all the laterns lit - highly recommended! A little spooky and a little beautiful. Well worth the effort. We got up early for the ceremony the next morning - can\'t believe how great the monks voices are and how they can harmonise during the chants making it seem effortless. Breakfast was traditional Japanese, and again it was wonderful. The monks were very helpful and accommodating and the temple itself was beautiful. We spent most of the next day wandering around the Koya community and exploring all the temples. We also went back to the cemetary - which was a completely different place during the day. Would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is visiting Japan. A definite highlight!

excellent

Miguel

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: spain

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

absolutelly breath taking

amazing

Miguel

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: spain

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

It was an absolutelly great experience,as it has been for the four previous staying we have been there.

Rina Good place to stay

Rina

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

It is a beautiful temple, i came early and it was possible to get early in the room and leave all the luggage there and i was ready to explore Koyasan. The monks are very friendly and helpful. the morning ceremony was impressive and the food was delicious. The bath was good i was there all alone.. the room was big and there were heaters so it was quickly warm. i was looking at the entrance of the graveyard and whith the maple leaves it was a fairytail sight..Overall a very satisfying stay..

Quite good

Sarah

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Japan

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Loved the atmosphere, the room, the bath, the food. The monks were very friendly if you speak Japanese. I was given a private tour! The location of the temple is great because it is right beside the night-walk pathway that leads to a mausoleum! Don\'t miss out on taking the 2km walk once the sun goes down. It was the coolest. Only one strange thing happened. At 1230AM someone tried to open my door(Japanese type sliding paper doors). As a female staying solo in the room, this was unsettling and I had a hard time falling back asleep. I\'m hoping it was someone lost and looking for the bathroom!

Excellent hosts, accommodation and food

Christopher

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Switzerland

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Shojoshin-in for one night in October and both of us enjoyed staying here. Our hosts were very welcoming and friendly. The building and grounds are very nice and peaceful - perfect for meditative thought. The room was a good size with a section giving us a view onto a peaceful pond surrounded by the colours of Autumn. For the evening meal, we had our own little room where we received our shōjin ryōri, which is a vegetarian meal, that we really enjoyed. A dozen little dishes, very different from one another and very tasty. The bedding and duvet for the beds was fairly thick, though very comfortable and we quickly realised why - it got fairly cold in the evening. Fortunately, there is heating in the rooms which we can adjust and I ended up turning it on as it was quite cold outside. We got to witness the morning prayer/ceremony which was very interesting and meditative. Breakfast was organised the same way as the dinner the night before. All in all, we really enjoyed our stay which was one of the most unique moments of our visit to Japan. Shojoshin-in was a wonderful place to stay and I hope to return some day.

Shojosho-in Mt. Koya

Nicholas

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 3

Staying here is a very special experience and well worth the detour from Osaka. The slightly more isolated nature enhances the atmosphere. The temple is as beautiful as others have described it, and the food was some of the finest I have enjoyed in Japan, where I lived for two years in the 1990s. I was so surprised at the elegance of the dining room that they put my family in that I thought it was a mistake, which probably didn\'t go down well, but this is something unfortgettable, and although the number of guests is notable, you are not that aware of them when you stay. The Japanese bathroom is also excellent. The reception staff were kind and friendly. Incidentally, they can also accept payment by card, which we were not aware of when we arrived.) The local area has lots to explore, and had our schedule allowed, staying for a couple of days more would have made a lot of sense. Staying here in winter must be particularly memorable.

Tranquil and peaceful stay in Shojoshin-in

Eva

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We traveled to Koya-san in a group of 9 people in October 2014. It was a long journey from Tokyo but it was well worth it. Upon arrival, we were in awe with the atmosphere of the temple and its surrounding. It\'s so well maintained and so charming with a rustic wooden interior. It\'s located next to Okunoin. It gives convenience to visit Okunoin anytime we want including late night walk. The dinner and breakfast are the best vegetarian meal that we ever had. Intricately prepared and so delicious. The dining hall has a high ceiling and it gives a nice communal vibrant. Overall, a must-stay if you go to Koya-san.

Magical Place

Sheraya

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Our stay at Shojosin-in was one of our favorite things on our Japan trip. The grounds of the temple our absolutely stunning and our room overlooking the small pond and garden were beyond our expectations. We also enjoyed the private dining room experience for both dinner and breakfast although the breakfast was a bit intense at 7:30am for a westerner! We took advantage of the close proximity to the cemetery and took a magical walk there after dinner and would highly recommend that everyone staying here does the same.

Wonderful experience

Francoise

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The tatami room was lovely with everything we needed (even including a sweet snack to go with our tea). We were worried that we might be cold at night, but the futons and beddings were warm and cosy and we had a great night of sleep.The ceremony in the morning was a good experience. The food (shojin-ryori) was absolutely wonderful and we enjoyed every bite of it. The temple is very close to the cemetery and within walking distance of everything we wanted to visit. The only thing that annoyed us was that some other guests were very noisy (screaming children), which spoiled the serene atmosphere of the temple. It is expensive, but the price was similar to ryokans that include the breakfast and dinner.

Best part of my trip to Japan!

Raymund

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I stayed at Shinjoshin-in for one night and it was amazing! There are many things to do within walking distance (hiking, shops, cemetary). I went for a short run and the hot bath afterwards was amazing. The vegatarian dinner and breakfast I was served was surprisingly delicious! Comfy beds, spacious rooms, very clean, definitely worth the money I paid. I\'d definitely recommend this place to anyone!

An enjoyable stay

Thomas

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We spent one night at Shoshin-in Monastery and found the experience enjoyable overall. Our tatami room was simple and comfortable and the futons were warm and cozy. We took advantage of the proximity to Ukonion Cemetery to do both a twilight and after-dark stroll, which were magical. We found both dinner and breakfast delicious - such simple satisfying food. We loved the bath and were surprised that we had them to ourselves. The man who greeted us (one of the monks? someone who works there? we weren\'t sure...) was very nice but his quick tour and the information he gave about dinner and the morning prayers were so confusing that we almost missed the prayer service. The dinner seemed a bit chaotic - staff (again, monks? employees?) kept rushing around as if more people showed up than they\'d planned for. In the end, however, our private tatami mat dining room was lovely and the view from our bedroom serene. Would we return to Shoshin-in? We might try another ryokan the next time just to compare.

Expensive for what it is

Damien

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: FInland

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 2

Location Rating - 2

Room Rating - 2

Even if the atmosphere is very nice, this is a real trap for tourist! Everything is rather expensive and nothing special will happpen Visiting temples is nice, food is somehow typical and you will sleep on tatami floor...but what else? Not worth the price

Wonderful!

Aleesha

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Our stay at Shojoshin-in was truly wonderful. The rooms are gorgeous, the food is lovely and presented beautifully, the monks are extremely friendly and engaging and welcomng. Highly recommended! Special thanks to Japanese Guest Houses for excellent service while booking our stay at Shojoshin-in.

Great atmosphere and a lot of beauty and tranquility

Tatyana

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Israel

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

It was a very unusual experience - spending a night in the monastery, coming for a morning service , eating vegan food, walking through the ancient cemetery at night almost alone. Still there were some things I didn\'t expect. First of all be prepared for a long-long road from Osaka to the monastery. I thought it would be quicker, and fast trains are not so often, so it didn\'t fit for us. Second, still there are so many tourists, that it\'s not a real monastery life and I didn\'t feel like \"living in the monastery\" - just another nice hotel, even internet worked

Beautiful Temple Stay

James

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Shojoshin-in was a great place to stay on Mt Koyasan. The room we stayed in was very spacious and overlooked the beautiful gardens and koi pond. We had been expecting a spartan monks meal for dinner, but it was probably one of the most lavish meals we had in Japan, served in our own private tatami dining room. The breakfast was similarly extravagant but a bit smaller. The building and grounds are quite dramatic and, as suggested in other reviews, is in close proximity to the cemetery, which is great to stroll through. I highly recommend staying at Shojoshin-in.

Amazing experience

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Germany

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I made my girlfriend a marriage proposal. I couldn\'t imagine a better place to do that. I think that speaks for itself.

Disappointing experince though beautiful temple

Pekka

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Finland

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 2

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

I\'m sorry to say but I was disappointed. I was the first guest on that day but I believe I got the worst room in the temple. On the next morning I woke up at 5 am because the room was shaking the reason being it was right above the entrance. It was also only 10 meters away from the main road so I could clearly hear cars going by. My experince was not particularly tranquil and 10800 yen was too much for that. I can\'t help wondering why they gave me such a room as the temple wasn\'t fully booked at all. My review points to the stuff reflect that. I ate the dinner alone in a small room surrounded by four walls. It would have been nicer with other people. The food cannot be compared with the same kind of food I ate at Shiragawa-go which was excellent. This food was just ok and I would lie if I said it was delicious. However, I didn\'t expect great food at the temple so I have nothing to complain. The location of the temple is very good right next to the probably the biggest sight. I walked through the semetary both night and day and I can recommend to do both. The temple itself is beautiful both inside and outside. Do I recommend this temple? Well, I would choose a temple where all guests get a peaceful room as there are also those in Koya and I think that\'s what you would like to have when you come to Koya.

A good place to be!

Daria

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Germany

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We enjoyed a lot our stay at the temple. It is very well situated, the food is excellent and the facilities of the temple are of a normal ryokan. The morning ceremony is definitely worth visiting!

A very special experience

Timo

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Germany

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The temple is right next to the famous cemetery. It\'s well maintained, clean and just beautiful. My room was quite large for 1 person but had all normal amenities you can expect from a normal hotel. Definitely can recommend Shojoshin-in.

Excellent stay

Rutger

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Koyasan is a lovely, magical place and Shojoshin-in is a great place to stay. Location is great, right next to the entrance of Okunoin\\\'s cemetery. The monks were very welcoming and the food was great. Would certainly stay here again.

Perfect Stay - should have stayed longer!

shannon

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Koysan is beautiful, peaceful and just the sort of place you go to relax. Shojoshin-in, allows you to do all of those things. We stayed for 1 night although now that we have been we should have stayed 2 even 3 nights. We travelled from Tokyo to Koyasan which took around 6-7 hours but oh my it was totally worth it. The temple is in a great location right next to the bus stop. Also next to a really amazing cemetery. Beautiful shrines and statues. We did have enough time to go right to the top but will definitely do this next time. The experience at Shojoshin-in was wonderful. From the moment we arrived we were treated so kindly. The dinner was absolutely delicious. I could eat that every day of my life! Breakfast was also very tasty. We sat in a large japanese style/hall/room but everyone had privacy and were separated by screens. We Stayed in the house to the right of the temple with a private bath. The rooms were beautiful, we had the whole place to ourselves. The bath was lovely and the bath products smelt soooo good! This is NOT a negative but a reminder - Please be aware that you should set at alarm so as not to miss prayers as we did. You will not hear the gong in the house to the right. I want to stay again, one night was NOT enough and I look forward to the time when I can return!

Spiritually Relaxing

Cheryl

Month Of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We stayed at Shojoshin-in for one night in June at the end of our travels around Honshu. It was one of the best experiences of our trip. The rooms were spacious, the beds were comfortable and warm (whilst warm during the days, the temperatures at night plummeted), the food simply exquisite and the monks were very friendly and accommodating. Being so close to the Okonuin made for an easy, atmospheric evening stroll amongst the ruins.

Excellent

Philippe

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

Excellent séjour, accueil très bien organisé, chambre spacieuse et agréable, service efficace et discret.... à recommander !

Unforgettable temple experience

Aline

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The atmosphere in Koyasan is magical, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. This temple ryokan has comfortable and clean tatami rooms, simple and delicious dinner and breakfast, friendly and helpful staff, and is located in a convenient location close to the cemetery.

Amazing!

Marusca

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

an incebible location , one of the best in our Japan tour: our room was quiet and spacious and we were 6 people! The vegetarian dinner and breakfast were absolutely delicious. The temple has a beautiful garden and monks were very kind. Morning prayer was an experience and I suggest you to take a early morning walk through Okuin.

excellent in every way.

Betty

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: ireland

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My boyfriend and I backpacked around Japan for 2 weeks and we pretty much saw all the major sites. We both agree that our stay in mount koya wad by far the best. Shojoshinin was so beautiful. Ideal location. Great price. Excellent service. So peaceful and atmospheric. Wow.

Wonderful, wonderful place

Patrick

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Our room was beautiful and comfortable. The food was some of the best I\'ve ever had (though I *am* a vegan ;) ). The temple itself is gorgeous. But what stood out above everything else was the kindness of the monks. While we were there, my mother injured her foot badly and ultimately had to go to the hospital. Though we\'d checked out already, the monks at shojoshin-in allowed us to stay in the working part of the temple while we figured out what to do, brought a cold pack, and called a cab for us. This is after we\'d arrived late the night before because of a breakdown on the Nankai Koya line. We are both very grateful, and we\'ll never forget our time at Shojoshin-in. I generally don\'t give fives across the board, because I feel like the highest rating is something to be reserved for something really special. However, this place deserves one in all of the categories below.

Peace and tranquillity

Philip

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: New Zealand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Certainly a unique experience - the atmosphere, the beautifully prepared food, the tended landscaping, the kindness and warmth of the staff, the comfortable, clean and convenient facilities. My wife and I are in our sixties, and we both thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Modern, separate accommodation and bathroom, TV, room safe, hot flush toilet, soft warm bedding. A wonderful place to relax and enjoy.

Our best experience in Japan

Timothée

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

If you expect to receive a cold welcome in a tense atmosphere when you sleep in a temple, that\'s definitely not the case at Shojoshin-in. A very nice and cheerful monk showed us the facilities and our room, and we instantly felt at home. The room was spacious, with a splendid view, efficient air conditioning, and good tea. Toilets are in common areas, but they are super clean, and high tech. The common hot bath is very nice. The food was absolutely delightful, so much variety and taste (and even quantity !), and also a pleasure to the eyes - we expected something much more simple, but we received one of our best culinary experience in our 2 week trip in Japan. All the monks we met were very friendly. The only drawback was that we did not received much information on the morning ceremony in English, and so we were just lost (we enjoyed the vocal performance however) but I guess that if we had asked details, we would have been told them. A five star experience, hands down.

Highlight of our Trip

Laura

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This was an amazing experience. I had Koya-san, or Mount Koya, recommended to me by friends who said it was the best part of their holiday. And were they right! I looked at other accommodations, which all looked equally wonderful, but my partner and I were blown away by Shojoshin-in. You just hop off the bus into the beautiful front rock garden and though they spoke little English, all of the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Our room had a wonderful view of the rest of the mountain and the side garden with pond. The room had traditional tatami mats and futons which were quite comfy! Also all of our own facilities for traditional tea. Dinner/breakfast was delicious and you were able to try bits of everything! Morning service, though a bit chilly was mesmerising. Definitely would recommend.

Great place and atmosphere

Borja

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Spain

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Everything was perfect in our stay during one night in July. The atmosphere was great, quietness, relax after a long trip in the rest of Japan, just what we needed. Our room faced the inner garden and that was also great in terms of relaxation. Then the experience of being in a temple itself worth the visit.

Great Experience - lovely environment and atmosphere

Hilary

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

We stayed for one night at the end of July. We had a lovely room facing the inner courtyard. Lovely temple with a serene atmosphere throughout. Very friendly staff who looked after us well throughout our time there. The evening meal and breakfast were served in a big room separated by small low screens between guests. Most guests were non-Japanese. We had a fantastic walk through Okunoin Graveyard after our evening meal - this is an amazing place to walk through as the light disappeared and the path became lit by lanterns. A truly wonderful experience. In the. Owning a few guests rose early for the morning service, this was again a fantastic experience and a not to be forgotten event of our time in Japan.

Very interesting ... but outrageously expensive

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: United States

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 1

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We stayed in a huge room (actually several rooms, separated by sliding partitions) with en suite toilet, bath and shower. It was very comfortable. The temple itself is elegant, beautifully maintained and quiet. The location, next to the entrance to the cemetery, is a major advantage. The monks were very accommodating (though most of our communication was by sign language). The morning prayer ceremony was really very interesting, but we were disappointed that only three monks participated; in fact, these were the only three monks we saw during our entire two-day stay. Our greatest disappointment, however, was the cost: US$315 per night, more than we spent for a 5-star hotel in Osaka -- in fact, more than we spent on any other accommodation during our three weeks in Japan. Granted, this included an edible dinner and a forgettable breakfast (which we skipped the second morning). We understand and appreciate that the temple sustains itself in large part on the proceeds from tourism, but even in expensive Japan, this is a budget-busting sum. Was the experience of visiting Koyasan memorable? Yes. Was it worth this amount of money? Absolutely not.

Koyasan

Gil

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We choose Shojoshin-in to be our night before last during our 14 day stay in Japan. This stay was a one to remember. Very unique, different, in a quiet atmosphere. Excellent staff and facilities, interesting selection of vegetarian Japanese food – very much to my liking but not so much to my wife\'s. Morning service was a bit long – and I wish there was some sort of information or explanations regarding the traditional prays and understanding what are they praying for…

Beautiful monastery

Julie

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Canada/Quebec

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Very nice place to stay if you want some peace. I still hear the monks singing prayers in my head...I loved the experience. We were a family a 4. It is also very close to the graveyeard which is a place that feels enchanted. By the way there is no AC in the room which would have been dramatic in Tokyo but up in the mountains there is always a nice breeze...temperature was perfect, nice break from the 45 degrees!!!

Very nice stay

Claude

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Switzerland

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 3

Overall our stay (the whole family..4 people) was nice. A few things could be improved: 1. The toilets/bathroom were not very clean which came as a surprise given the price paid for a room! 2. The meals were nice but certainly not above an average meal in Japan.. we had much better meals in other places. 3. Regarding the morning prayer.. a few more chairs would be much appreciated especially if your are above 65 years old! If you are planning to book a room in that place.. you have to know that you are actually booking a little house with at least 2 rooms.

Amazing!!!!!

mirjam

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We are in love with Koya-san, and the temple is amazing. Staff is super helpfull. And the location is perfect, just around the corner of the highlight of koya-san (the graveyard) Food was really nice, alot of things we never tried before!! And the morning prayer was an amazing experience as well. Recommended to everyone who want to have a piecefull day.

Amazing experience!

sondra

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 2

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I had a great time here. First of all everyone should know that here you get a traditional Ryokan experience (i.e. sleeping on the floor with a small cushion - this one was a thicker cushion than I had usually seen though!, and lunch / dinner served as a set menu, usually both Japanese. That means to expect fish, pickled vegetables, tofu and rice for breakfast). I was traveling alone for the first time and the first time in Japan and felt totally safe. You are staying at a temple and while they say the morning prayers are mandatory, they didn\'t seem to actually be. I stayed 3 nights and went to prayers 2 out of the 3 mornings. I was honestly tired of the food - it was very simple, a lot of tofu and pickled vegetables. I think the quality doesn\'t truly justify the cost even if it is a temple that comes with modest service. I was fine with how simple the food was but felt the price should have matched it a little bit better, considering that i spent the same when I went further south to Kumano Kodo and had 5star restaurant food for the same price. Take my opinion with a grain of salt though because another American woman I met staying there loved the food. So to each his own but I didn\'t feel the value was there for the quality and price. Regardless of the food I had a great authentic experience, meeting so many monks who were very kind of glad to help me. The town itself is cute with a bunch of restaurants and shops. This temple is right next to the cemetery which is truly amazing, especially if you are daring enough to go at night!

Oasis of tranquility

laura

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Usa

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This temple visit was the highlight of our three week tour of Japan. The room was quiet and spacious. The vegetarian cuisine was excellent. The kids meal included meat and eggs! The temple has a beautiful garden and the monks were very kind. The morning prayer was very interesting. We did both a dusk and nighttime walk through okuin, the cemetery. It was great to step out of the temple and walk directly into the cool graveyard. Dusk less crowded and some how more atmospheric than night. Great for energetic kids too.

Oasis of tranquility

laura

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Usa

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This temple visit was the highlight of our three week tour of Japan. The room was quiet and spacious. The vegetarian cuisine was excellent. The kids meal included meat and eggs! The temple has a beautiful garden and the monks were very kind. The morning prayer was very interesting. We did both a dusk and nighttime walk through okuin, the cemetery. It was great to step out of the temple and walk directly into the cool graveyard. Dusk less crowded and some how more atmospheric than night. Great for energetic kids too.

Italiani a Koyasan

robert

Month Of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Siamo stati a Koyasan con un gruppo di Avventure nel Mondo. Provenienti dal grande monastero imperiale di Ise, siamo arrivati a Koyasan via Osaka in un pomeriggio di giugno fresco e piovoso. Il viaggio con il treno che da Osaka risale la valle sino alla cabinovia e poi il viaggio quasi in verticale con la cabinovia e quindi il bus, è stato già da sé una piccola avventura. Proprio perciò abbiamo tanto più apprezzato il breve soggiorno di due giorni. Il monte di Koyasan è disseminato di templi e monasteri, e certamente non è una meta sconosciuta ai giapponesi, ma anche ai turisti di tutto il mondo, poiché abbiamo soggiornato al monastero con europei, americani e australiani. Il monastero in particolare si trova a pochi passi dal grande cimitero del sito buddista ed è stato recentemente rinnovato negli ambienti per il pubblico. Avevamo infatti stanze tradizionali giapponesi (tatami) molto comode, per due persone, con tanto di stufetta e bollitore per il the, ma soprattutto l\'onsen interno ci è piaciuto. Abbiamo gustato una spettacolare cena e una colazione altrettanto deliziosa e bellissima da vedere, decorativa e variegata. Il monaco superiore, che la mattina ha tenuto la funzione, parla inglese ed è un grande amante di Gigliola Cinguetti (davvero!). Purtroppo il soggiorno è stato troppo breve, ma l\'esperienza durerà per sempre, nei ricordi. Abbiamo potuto lasciare i nostri bagagli nell\'ufficio del monastero il giorno della partenza, sino al primo pomeriggio, per poter visitare il sito con maggiore comodità.

Great experience

Mihail

Month Of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: Romania

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 1

I had a great experience :). I really loved the place. Quite, peaceful, with a beautiful tatami room. The staff was very nice and it was one of the best experince I had in Japan :).

Great experience

Mihail

Month Of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: Romania

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 1

I had a great experience :). I really loved the place. Quite, peaceful, with a beautiful tatami room. The staff was very nice and it was one of the best experince I had in Japan :).

A One of a Kind Experience.

Month Of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Koyasan is certainly a magical little town and the time we spent at Shojoshin-in was a relaxing and beautiful experience. The monks and staff were very hospitable and welcoming. The room was large and overlooked a garden. We were on the upper floor and so had a lot of privacy. Not having a lock on the door was not a concern at all. The meals are five star and not bland or banal as one might think for buddhist vegetarian cuisine. The temple is just next to the cemetery which was very convenient for a post-dinner evening stroll through it.. I highly recommend visiting the mountain and stayng at the temple.

We loved everything

Laura-Katrin

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Switzerland

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We stayed for one night and loved truly everything: had booked the cottage and enjoyed a very spacious experience with private bath and vie into the garden. Very peaceful. Location is great for visiting the path with the graves in the evening, or early morning when the light is best. Food was delicious and served in a private room with a view into the garden. Averything super clean. Very fiendly staff and monks. Not inexpencive, but worth it.

Shojoshin-in was a solid set of 5 stars

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

\"I stayed for two nights in May 2014 from Canada. Monks were very gracious and intentional, whether it was at morning prayers, serving meals, sweeping the courtyard or answering guests queries despite language barrier. Food was exquisitely presented - though the large room divided with small bamboo screens was a bit austere for a solo traveller. The guest rooms had everything - prayer corner, tea table overlooking garden, and sink. Rice paper doors could be slid to divide space, if needed, for privacy. I am very glad I stayed - it was a great experience. I was very pleased booking with Japanese Guest Houses, clear and attention to particulars. Thank you\"

Peaceful

Hayley

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Staying at Shojoshin-in was one of the highlights of our recent Japan trip. The temple itself is beautiful as is the surrounding area. Travelling around Japan as a vegetarian and with my friend who is a vegan we were most excited about the traditional Buddhist vegan meal and that didn\'t disappoint. It was one of the best if not THE best meal of our lives! I can\'t recommend staying at this temple enough.

Gorgeous setting

Amarpreet

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I enjoyed my one night at Shojoshin-in. My room was comfortable (and included a heater and a very strong free wi-fi hotspot!) and the staff were friendly. The monastery is every bit as gorgeous as the photos will have you believe. The surrounding area of Koya-san is also beautiful, including the enormous cemetery right next door to Shojoshin-in. The dinner and breakfast were tasty and meticulously prepared, and the wooden onsen was nice too. I also very much enjoyed witnessing the Buddhist prayer ceremony in the morning. My one criticism is that, at least on the night of my stay, there seemed to be some merry-making and alcohol-drinking going on in the courtyard that made the experience much less peaceful than I had expected. I couldn\'t be sure if those responsible were guests, or a mixture of guests and staff. Either way I was puzzled by this incident. It might have been due to some festival that I wasn\'t aware of; even still, it took me by surprise and felt very incongruent to the otherwise Zen atmosphere of the place. For this reason I\'ve given less than perfect scores in some categories. Despite that, I would still highly recommend Shojoshin-in.

the best

adi

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: indonesia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

we were stayed on may at this ryokan, we are a group of 9, and this was our second visit to this ryokan. the atmosphere so relaxing and calm, very nice place to stay, the food - especially the dinner - was really delicious even though only vegetables were served. when we visit on may, the wheather was so nice, not so cold, compare to two years ago when we were here, there were storm and very cold. Okunoin is worth to visit, just \"next door\" from this ryokan. the only minus thing was the bathroom, when we stayed 2 years ago, the bathroom was huge , to my surprise when i saw the bathroom now was very small as well as the hottub. this place is realy highly recommended.

Great Place

Jeffrey

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Great atmosphere and staff. Some English is spoken and was more then enough to get by. The meals were great and the morning service was a good experience. Easy to get to. Just look at google street view and you can see the entrance. A huge hi-light for our 3 week trip.

A great stay

ASTRID

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Argentina

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

We found this temple excellent, the garden and surroundings are amazing and the ryokan we had was very cozy and well-kept. The meals were very special as we got to taste the best shojin ryori we\'d ever tasted!

A beautiful sakura stay

Nur Alia

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I arrived slightly later than the supposed check-in --- at 6.30pm! The town was already pretty quiet (I guess everyone was already having their dinner) especially at the train and bus station however the bus driver was very friendly and informed us when we arrived at the bus stop near the temple. I was greeted at the courtyard with the most beautiful sakura tree - in full bloom!! A monk very warmly greeted me at the back entrance who graciously ushered me to the front entrance for check-in. Once the monk carried my bagpack (he insisted!) and showed me to my room, he proceeded to show me around the temple and took me to the dining room for dinner where my food was promptly served - still warm (even though I was late!). There were still many guests finishing up. Like all previous reviews, the dishes were absolutely delicious. I arrived in Koyasan on 1st May where there\'s no more sakura-blooming trees left in Kyoto or Osaka however probably due to the colder weather, there were plenty of blooming sakuras in Koyasan at this time, and the most beautiful tree was found only in Shojoshinin\'s courtyard. Everything about Koyasan was beautiful and peaceful. The stay was just simply too short and I enjoyed having hot green tea in the room, overlooking the garden while wearing the yukata. :) I\'m glad I made the decision to visit Koyasan.

Beautiful Sakura Stay

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I arrived slightly later than the supposed check-in (at 6.30pm!) and the town was already pretty quiet as I guess everyone was inside having their dinner. However, I was greeted very warmly at the back entrance by one of the monks who so graciously ushered me to the entrance for check-in. Once he showed me to my room and around the temple, I was shown to the dining room where my dinner was already waiting for me (and they promptly served me the warm dishes). The dinner (as per all the other reviews) was absolutely delicious! I arrived at Koyasan at the tail-end of Sakura season where there was hardly any blooming sakura trees left in Kyoto or Osaka however, there were plenty still blooming in Koyasan especially in Shojoshinin\'s very own courtyard! It was so peaceful watching and enjoying the beautiful sakura without the congestion of others. Shojoshinin is truly a beauty. Very highly recommended. The monks were extremely friendly. Koyasan is a beautiful place.

Great stay

Vidura

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Wonderful temple stay, much enjoyed. We didn\'t expect much comfort given it was a temple, but we got pretty much everything that we got at other ryokans (towels, toothbrush, yakuta/robes, room heater, etc.) The temple is easy to get to, very close to a bus stop. The staff were helpful and spoke English. Place was very quiet, clean, and provided great vegan food.

What an experience!

Daniela

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We arrived late in the afternoon, just in time for dinner, and left in the morning after breakfast. I would recommend staying one more night to experience the beautiful atmosphere of the place during the day, perfect for meditative thoughts. The visit of the cimetery just next door was incredible. Vegetarian meals served at dinner and for breakfast were deliciuos! Highly recommended!

shojoshin stay

michael

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: usa

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

great temple lodging, very clean, spacious, food was excellent, staff was kind, great location to okunoin. Would highly recommend

Silence

Bruno

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 3

Great stay at the temple, even if it was a bit cold (snow all around: beautiful !). Quite expensive in comparison to our other nights spent in Japan but the visit of the cimetery is a must !

An Incredible Place

Hannah

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We stayed here for 2 nights and it was an amazing experience. Being part of a working Buddhist Temple is something I will never forget - the morning services which we felt privileged to watch were mesmerizing. The temple is located right next to the Okunoin Graveyard (for us the highlight of Koyasan) at one end of the main street of the village and has a bus stop in front of it for access from the cable-car = perfect! The place is very clean, with spacious rooms which have a lovely view over the small garden. We had a couple of very good nights sleep on the futons (despite being worried beforehand that they might be uncomfortable) and our room had 2 heaters in it, one of which was an under-table heater, which kept us lovely and warm when the weather turned cold. The shared onsen was also very good indeed. The monks were all very friendly and welcoming and spoke fairly good English. The food was a real culinary adventure, most of which was very tasty indeed, the Miso Soup in particular was the best we had in Japan (and in fact the best I have EVER had) and I love Miso Soup! The main draw here, excepting the location, the food, and the friendly monks, is being part of a working Buddhist Temple and that is an extraordinary experience.

beautiful

karin

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: the Netherland

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We arrived after an interesting train ride, the last past was the cable car. A very nice experience. Next was the short bus ride to the temple. And one minute walk to the temple. The bus stop in front. The temple is very quite relaxing, and peaceful. For the people who only stay for one night, leave you luggage at the train station in a locker and just carry a small bag to the temple. After the monk showed us our room. We went up for a walk outside, and it was so beautiful. Back in the temple we had a very nice dinner. Very peaceful. after a good sleep, we wake up early in the morning for taking part of the ceremony. What a nice experience.

Love the temple stay

Debbie

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

From Namba, we caught a train to station at foot of Mt Koya. Then take cable car to hill and bus to the temple. We bought the two day pass. We arrived late Saturday and had a brief walk in Okunoin which is located next to the temple. You can see the map of Okunoin before the entrance. The room was pleasantly big with bathrobes and towels provided. I took bath in a community bathroom. Fortunately, there was no one and I was happy because I am not used to communal bath. I admit I was a bit loss as where to put my clothes etc. The toilets were located close to the the rooms. Toilets were heated so that was comfortable. Very clean everywhere. Dinner and breakfast were provided. We loved our vegetarian dinner served in traditional Japanese style. We wanted to complete our tour of the shrines and temples on Sunday but it snowed on Sunday and we were not prepared for it so the tour was abandoned and we left early. We attended the morning prayers and were served breakfast. We intend to return some day since we did not complete our tour. The temple stay is worth it. I strongly recommend it.

Amazing experience

Drew

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Staying at the temple was a great experience. The entire town is welcoming and the food at Shojoshi-in was excellent. They were extremely welcoming and the rooms were amazing. It was a great place to relax and stay were such a rich history was forged.

A taste of traditional Japan

Sophie

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

Our stay at Shojoshin-in was fantastic! It was, by far, my favorite place that I stayed during my two week trip to Japan. The temple was peaceful, quiet, and private (except for the traditional bath!) Going to the morning prayer ceremony was an amazing, and unique experience, and the traditional dinner was delicious. I thought it was also a great value for the money. The atmosphere in the rooms and the temple overall was fantastic - very traditional, with little pleasant surprises like hot water bottles warming up our beds when we came back from dinner. I would love to come back here again!

Peaceful and Beautiful

Melanie

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Our stay at the Shojoshin-in was a highlight of our Japan trip! We opted to pay extra and get a private guest house and loved the privacy. It was a very cold night and we were worried the paper walls would let in the cold, but the provided heaters kept the house very warm and toasty. Being an older couple, we were worried about sleeping on the floor mats, but they were comfortable and heavy comforters were provided to keep us warm. Dinner was served in a private dining room and the food was delicious. We did not have any contact with the monks, except for the morning prayer service. Would have liked to be able to talk to them and ask questions. The train and cable car ride up to Mt. Koya is a highlight as the scenery is beautiful. Can\'t recommend highly enough, the experience is worth the cost.

One of the best experience of my whole life!

Patrice

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I was a solo traveler, and getting this kind of experience was very awesome! Seeing how monks get to live, it\'s something you don\'t get to see often! The atmosphere was great, it felt like you were back hundreds of years in the past, except with a few modernized things (like a heater and light). The food was really awesome; I never thought that vegan food could be so tasty! The staff was great, they could speak enough english to explain everything, and they were all friendly too. The location is great too, all of Koyasan looks really great! The room was really big and comfortable; it felt really nice! This experience was one of the best in my whole life and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone!

Amazing experience

Michelle

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Great experience! The temple is in a great area, right next to the famous cemetery and a very short walk into the main part of town. The place was very nice, extremely clean, and the rooms were amazing. They were huge, beautiful, typical Japanese style, overlooking the mountains. It was winter so I was worried about being cold but there were heaters in are room that were great, and even though we slept on the floor it was very comfortable. The meals were amazing, very different types of flavours, all vegetarian, and we got to eat in our own private dining room. Great place, great experience!

Atmosphere!

Mark

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Shojoshin-in was a fascinating experience. Located conveniently close to the massive Okunoin cemetery complex, and augmented by beautiful grounds, the temple was a fabulous place to visit. Shortly after our arrival it started snowing, and yet in our rooms and the dining area we were comfortably warm. The vegetarian cuisine was exquisite, I cannot praise the ginger soup highly enough. The Buddhist ceremony we observed in the morning was fascinating, and proved a contrast to some of the other strands of Buddhism we came across whilst travelling. If you have the inclination to visit Koya-san, I cannot recommend Shojoshin-in highly enough.

I can\'t recommend it enough!

Evelyn

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I am a budget traveller and wouldn\'t normally pay this kind of money for accommodation but I decided to pay more than I would normally to stay in Shojoshin-in as the reviews were so good. This is not accommodation it\'s an amazing experience. As it goes it has to be up in my best ever to stay here and to visit Koyasan. The amazing temples and cemetery. It had been snowing and it was just magical. The food was superb, if only I could get a meal like that in the UK. Just as the other reviewers have said, staying in the temple was a 5 star experience in all areas. Don\'t have any doubts about staying here, it\'s amazing, every aspect of our stay was devine. Thank you for the wonderful memories I\'ll always have.

Wonderful experience

John

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Wales

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

It was very cold on Koyasan in February but not in Shojosho-in. There were room heaters everywhere they were needed and, in addition, in my room, which overlooked a snow covered garden, I was provided with two duvets, extra blankets and a hot water bottle in my bed, and another heater under the table. Don\'t worry about being cold if you are planning a winter visit! Everyone was very friendly and helpful and the food was the best I had during the month I spent in Japan. Staying in a temple and attending the morning ceremony was a wonderful experience. This was my only temple stay so I can\'t compare it with others but would highly recommend the experience to others.

gorgeous place

lara

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

A beautiful, well-situated monastery with delicious food. Attending the morning prayer service was a highlight. Well-appointed room with space heater (much appreciated in November snow storm!). A tiny bit confusing to figure out when and where to go for meals since no one speaks any English, but there was a helpful cheat sheet in the room explaining the basics. Ideally situated for touring the sights of Mt Koya. I real highlight of my trip to Japan - I enthusiastically recommend!

Best stay in Japan

Kira

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My husband and I stayed here one night during our tour for a few weeks in Japan, and it was by far the most amazing place to stay! It will always be in our memories as the best night in Japan, thank you so much for such a wonderful experience and accommodation in stunning Mt Koya. Highly recommended to everyone.

Really nice stay

Fabien

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I stayed there for one night. Only 2 downsides: foreigners eat in the same room (but at separate tables; no locals), and there is not much contact with the monks. The building is comfortable, it feel like a ancient ryokan (and not that much like a temple). Spending the night in a old wooden house is great. I found the (vegetarian) food fantastic (diner and breakfast). And now I know: vegetarian food can be very tasty! Such unknown and delicious taste. It is next to the cemetery, so you can go for a walk after diner (different atmosphere than during the day). Morning monk prayer was a nice experience. It think than spending the night at Kōya-san is better than returning at Ōsaka the same day.

Amazing experience

Matthieu

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We stayed one night in October in this ryokan. It\'s easy to find: its the closest to the graveyard. We were almost alone in the temple. It was very peacefull. Experience monk vegetarian food was great, close to the inside garden in a tatami room. Morning monk prayer was a very original experience. We recommand greatly this ryokan.

highly reccomended

Marcus

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Possibly the highlight of my month in Japan. Over just one night this experience continually exceeded my expectations. A very authentic, serene place to visit. So quiet, so much space to relax in our room, and amazing building and grounds to wander. During our stay there was an incredible thunderstorm. The following day was sunshine. Both were amazing. Koyasan in flood is something to behold. The food was possibly the best I\'ve ever eaten. I am a vegetarian, but I\'m confident anyone would agree. Do it. And don\'t forget to visit the bath house. And get a room overlooking the garden if you can. And of course get up early to witness the morning ritual at the shrine. I will surely return to Shojoshin-in someday.

Just Amazing

Katie

Month Of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This was a highlight of our amazing trip to Japan. The monks were so welcoming and even though we were expecting fairly ascetic facilities, we were pleasantly surprised to be welcomed into a lovely room with a view to the frozen lake and facilities for our own tea ceremony overlooking the frozen lake. Everything here was just beautiful, from the wonderful room, to the AMAZING dinner, to the beautiful morning service. The dinner was served to us in a private tatami mat and sliding screen room and just took my breath away. Highly recommended!

Great Shukubo near Okunoin

Jeff

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This Shukubo (temple accommodations) is amazing. My room faced their inner Japanese garden and was perfect for relaxing. The food was very good and one of my favorite places to eat in Japan. The morning services were a bit cold but still worth getting up for to see. Great experience.

Excellent food, accomodations, and staff

Laura

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I stayed at Shojoshin-in for one night in early September with my husband. It was a foggy, rainy day, but we managed to explore the cemetery a bit. The temple is literally right next door to it. Our room was incredibly spacious, and our shoji screens opened out onto a beautiful courtyard and the mountain side. Perfect for meditative thought. I spent the evening in the darkness and silence of the temple, staring at the sky beyond my little balcony. Our dinner was the best meal we had in two weeks in Japan. A dozen little dishes, each different and immaculately prepared with flavors and textures I had never had before. I ate a small cup of beans, one bean at a time, and every single one was plump, perfect, and sweet. They tempura\'d (fried) a single leaf. A leaf! The tofu was so clean and silky it was like eating fish. It was exquisite. I enjoyed breakfast as well, though it was less lavish. We ate in a private dining room with painted screens. You simply could not ask for a more atmospheric location to experience traditional Japan. We were the only guests that night and therefore the only guests to witness the morning ritual. I enjoyed it. To my surprise, the monks said we could take photos of their inner temple. This brings me to my next point: the staff was incredibly gracious and accommodating. I was soaking wet and accidentally stood on the temple in my shoes, a no-no. They were not upset. Then there was the small matter of me losing my passport. This was incredibly stressful, and the staff only spoke limited English, but they tried their best, they connected me with someone who could translate, and we found my passport a few hours later in the Koyasan bus station. Bless these people, or I would have had to hightail it back to the US Embassy in Osaka. I cannot emphasize how kind and helpful they were. There is no hospitality like Japanese hospitality. Shojoshin-in was everything I hoped for and more. Well-worth the trip up a mountain.
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