Yochi-in Temple

Yochi-in Temple, Koya-cho

Yochi-in Temple
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jcbolay
Lausanne, Switzerland673 contributions
Basic, poor and expensive !
Mar 2020 • Couples
A very basic welcome in a poor English , all the building except the room is very cold, the room is the same, basic and poor, but with 2 good futons! No possibility to have a diner and shower admitted only during 2 hours in the afternoon.
And the temple closes at 8 pm!!!
It is said that it is an experience to sleep in a temple, OK, but absolutely no contact with nobody, and a cost of 120 euros the night without breakfast. I do not like this kind of experience, not at all !
Written 4 March 2020
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AnneMaree H
Fremantle, Australia48 contributions
Amazing experience
Nov 2019 • Friends
An amazing introduction to Japanese culture, staying at the temple was both educational, beautiful and fun. Definitely order the dinner and breakfast as the vegan food is amazing. Be warned, all meals are served on low tables so you must sit on the floor (cushion provided). The rooms are traditional but very comfortable. Curfew is strict 9pm, if you wish to do the night tour of the cemetery, let the monks know and they will leave the door open until you return. Morning prayers are another experience not to be missed. Staying in a temple may not be for everyone but if you are thinking of it, I say give it a go, take it seriously and you will not regret it.
Written 9 November 2019
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Jenstockholm
Stockholm, Sweden361 contributions
An experience to remember
May 2019 • Couples
Choosing among the many different options for temple accommodations in Koyasan, I am happy we ended up in Yochi-in. It is reasonably priced, we received good service, the place is tranquil and yet practical. Walking distance from the "center" where the Information Office is, very near to two of the biggest attractions in Koyasan, has 2 restaurants nearby which are open a bit later than the rest of the city, near a Family Mart which is open 24 hours a day, near a bus stop that will bring you to station when leaving Koyasan.

We had the opportunity to attend a morning Buddhist ceremony and eat monk's breakfast. The temple has a Zen garden. The room is comfortable, clean and all common facilities like toilets and baths are very clean.

I would recommend to others who would like to visit and stay overnight in Koyasan.
Written 2 June 2019
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Lara Sanchez
Oxford, UK227 contributions
Beautiful stay
Apr 2019 • Couples
We stayed at this temple for 1 night and we loved the whole experience.
You need to check-in between 3pm and 5pm (they monks are happy to keep your luggage with them if you arrive early). We were greeted with a free tea at check-in by Yoshihiro, one of the monks.
We didn’t have dinner at the temple but if you do it is at 5pm and you need to book in advance.
There is a curfew at 9pm.
Guests are invited to the morning ceremony (6:30am), which was a beautiful experience as the monks gave us some mantras to chant with them, and we also took part in part of the ceremony.
After the ceremony we had breakfast in the temple. It is an assortment of vegetarian foods beautifully presented.
The rooms are really big (although a bit smelly!). You sleep on futons, which are comfortable enough for a couple of nights.
The onsen in the temple is open from 5pm to 9pm only. It can get busy at peak times.
I would happily repeat the experience and I’ll definitely recommend it to friends.
Written 25 April 2019
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Sonja M
Sydney, Australia222 contributions
A must when in Japan!
Apr 2019 • Friends
We had a wonderful and unique experience staying at Yochi-in Temple in Koyasan, you truly must stay here when travelling around the Kansai region in Japan. Lovely service, authentic rooms and traditional Buddhist food. The ceremony in the morning very interesting and the whole stay was a lovely break from the hectic nature of the cities! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend the experience to all!
Written 20 April 2019
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Idit T
77 contributions
Visit koya san
Sep 2018 • Family
I chose the place since it was the cheapest with good reviews, and I am happy I did.
We were welcomed with green tea and a snack.
The location is just across one of koyasan nicest temples.
Next to a family Mart.
The onsen is lovely
There aren't many rooms so the onsen is not crowded.
We preferred to eat out side so I don't know how is the food.
The main ceremony is at 0630 in the morning and by the time you return to your room, the tatami mattress, towel and robe are taken so this is a down point I wish I was told about in advance.
All in all a good experience.
I enjoyed the place atmosphere.
Written 19 September 2018
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Walter D
10 contributions
Very tranquil
Aug 2018 • Friends
A very authentic experience of Japan. The monks were very friendly, offering typical Japanese vegetarian food. Loved the sliding doors, tatami mats in the bedrooms, the way meals are served with guests sitting cross legged on the tatami mats, attending the Buddhist ceremony at 6.30am and staying in such an old building. Their Japanese garden was enchanting and relaxing. Koyasan is a very special place, you have to go! The night time guided tour of the cemetery was mystical with over 200,000 burial tombs and the many many old and tall trees, some over 800 years old.
Written 27 August 2018
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Rebl1986
Oslo, Norway85 contributions
A good temple stay - skip the optional activities
Nov 2016 • Couples
We had a special, peaceful stay in this old, charming tempel. We loved the bath and the morning ceremony, as well as the breakfast! Great service at the tempel as well.. Unfortunately it was minus degrees when we stayed there, and with paperthin walls it got too cold at night (so we didn't sleep that well). We also tried the optional activities; meditation and copy-writing sanskrit. You pay "a bit" for these activities, so please note that the training/ teaching session of these activities only last for 5 minutes - the rest is freetime where you can meditate and copy-write on your own. The rooms are of decent size and they are clean. Location is really good!
Written 15 January 2017
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Deepesh Hiran
Mumbai India19 contributions
Awesome stay at Mt. Koya
May 2016 • Couples
The place is as peaceful as the rest of the town. Please do attend the morning prayer- its a great expereince. The public bath was nice although timings are limited- 4PM to 9 PM. Overall a great spiritual and peaceful experience. Small glitch- you can overhear people in other rooms. Overall rooms are very clean and the temple lodge is beautiful.
Written 28 May 2016
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The_Moarscepian
Makati, Philippines236 contributions
Best experience
Apr 2016 • Couples
This is the best travel I ever had, reaching Koyasan. Yochi in is really a good place to stay. The food being served is vegan but tasty. Rooms are clean and minimalist. The onsen is a must try.

Shoutout to Yutah (did I spell it right?). Thanks for explaining how the food is prepared, and also, for being generally nice.
Written 4 May 2016
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