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“Go for the experience rather than the accommodation”
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Yochiin
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

It was a fascinating experience to spend a night at a temple in Koyasan, to share in a morning Buddhist ceremony and sit by the beautiful garden. The people at the temple were very pleasant. It is not surprising that half the temples in Koyasan seek to support themselves by providing rather expensive accommodation and meals . However, to make an honest appraisal of the accommodation itself for TripAdvisor it would be unrealistic to call it "Very Good" or better. The room was pretty basic, even for a ryokan, though large enough. We made the error of failing to book in advance for meals which meant than no towels or yukata were provided. There are no restaurants open for evening dinner in Koyasan but a supermarket saved the day. We did secure a pleasant dinner at Yochiin one evening (the breakfasts looked rather ordinary and certainly overpriced). So go for the experience with modest expectations of food value and lodging.

Room Tip: Despite the cost it seems best to book meals in advance as part of the package.
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

This is a nice place to stay for a simple, traditional Japanese experience. Might be a bit light for the money payed, but in the end it was a good relaxing experience. I will try to say this only once at the beginning: Koyasan is (beautiful) tourist trap, expect high prices for everything.

Reception: a very kind monk greeted us (Yoshimura) and sat us down with some welcome tea with other guests. He explained the rules: Gates to the temple close at 21:00 (though you can knock till 22:00), dinner is at 17:30, breakfast at 07:30, monk morning ceremony 06:30, checkout at 10:00 (but your beds will disappear if you go to the ceremony).

Onsen("spa"): though not technically an onsen, a very comfortable large bubbling bath. And yes, it is Japanese style: naked, wash thoroughly before getting in! Open from 16:00-21:00, bring your own towel! Or else you pay a lot for one! 1000¥...

Food/dinner/breakfast: I would not order the food like some of the other reviewers have said, although traditional it is surely not worth the price you pay 2000¥+/meal and is a bit light from what i saw. There is a "Family mart" right next door, and many restaurants (less than 1000¥). For dinner many restaurants are closed though so watch out!

Bedroom: Japanese style, tatami/bed roll (but very comfy! ), Small low table for eating (yours or their food), no air-conditioning but there is a fan. TV, but who cares about that; really. The walls are thin, and made of sliding doors. There are a couple of bell ringings late at night and early so you will probably wake up a few times.

Toilets: common, western and Japanese style available.

Morning ceremony: although some reviewers said they didn't let you join in, it is actually very inclusive, but it is a show; one also for Japanese tourists too though so ok. Explanations were given verbally as well as on paper. Joining in on the chant and the incense pinching is available to all if you want. Lasts around 30min-1h. * Surprise! Your bed is now gone from your room >_< (if you want to cheat, leave two pairs of slippers in from of your door and they won't come in normally mouhaha).

Super touristy area! But incredibly relaxing, very peaceful at night (sit in the Zen garden and contemplate *insert anything here*, good walking, surroundings, temples and shrines.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

We stayed two nights in this temple and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. It is a very traditional environment, including shared bathing facilities and traditional vegetarian food. We were met at the door upon arrival and showed straight to our room, which was traditional and comfortable, with a gorgeous view into the centre garden. We elected to have dinner at the temple both nights and found the vegetarian food to be tasty and filling. The location of this temple is perfect, we were in walking to distance to all the main areas of Koyasan. Don't miss the morning chanting. We went both mornings and it was spiritual and beautiful.

Room Tip: As it is a traditional temple there is only traditional rooms
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

Couldn't fault anything here. The temple itself is set in a beautiful small garden and is extremely peaceful. Our room overlooked the zen garden in the middle and was spacious/comfortable. The shared onsen is great, and the ceremony in the morning where a monk explained their approach to meditation/chanting was a nice touch. There are some fairly rigid rules (e.g. no showers before 4pm, need to be back in the temple by 9pm), but understandable given it's a functioning temple. Would strongly recommend staying.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

Discovered Koyasan Yochiin Ryokan from TripAdvisor and we were very satisfied with our one night stay here.

Pros
- Friendly staff
- Supper and breakfast was good (even for non-seafood people)
- Morning prayers were a wonderful, educational experience
- Very quiet rooms
- Family Mart down the street (only one in Koyasan)

Cons
- A bit of a walk to Okunoin and back (3 kilometres) throughout the day
- Main gates of Ryokan promptly lock at 2100

Recommendation/tips
- No WIFI
- Bring cash to pay for Ryokan
- Bring enough money for your stay as we did not see any international ATMs in Koyasan
- Plan ahead as bus service shuts down early in the night (1830)
- Rent an audio guide for the Okunoin from the Koyasan Tourist Office (return the next morning)
- Go to the Okunoin at night to see the lanterns lit up
- Buy a Koyasan World Heritage Ticket for train and bus service as this will save a lot of hassle trying to get there by other means (purchase this at Namba Station in Osaka)
- Bring an overnight bag and store your luggage at Namba Station coin operated lockers for overnight Koyasan trips (700 YEN)

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: 293 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Wakayama Prefecture > Ito-gun > Koya-cho
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Ranked #14 of 47 Speciality lodging in Koya-cho
Price Range: €96 - €172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
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