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Temple Lodging: Eko-in

Posted on 24 March 2012

Length of stay: 1 night (Nov 2010)
Location: Mt Koya
Rates: 12000Y (per night including dinner & breakfast)
Nearest train / subway station: Koyasan Station (20 min by bus)

This is probably the most unique accommodation experience of the trip, to spend my night in a Japanese temple. There are many temples in Mt Koya provide temple lodging service and I picked Eko-in (恵光院), mainly because of its lower price and single-person room was available. More info about temple lodging at Mt Koya can be found here.

Garden space

Long corridor

A funny thing happened on the next morning when I was supposed to wake up early for a meditation session at 7am with the monks and all of the other guests – it was either I set the alarm clock wrongly or I forgot about the time difference, I didn’t wake up before 7am. So you may guess how shocked I was when a monk knocked at the door and greeted with a very loud “OHAYOU GOZAIMASU!” (GOOD MORNING!) outside of my room at 7 sharp. Rushed to the toilet to wash-up immediately and late for the meditation session of course. My bad.

Good thing I wasn’t particularly interested in the session as it was quite dull and there were just too many people squeezing in the meditation hall. Besides, the sleepiness and cool autumn weather didn’t help at all, I was dozing off most of the time..

My room

With nice view :)

Overall my experience staying in Eko-in was good, the shojin-ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine) was okay (will make separate post on this) and it’s only 5 min walk away from Okunoin (奥の院). Love the relatively big room too, that comes with a pretty nice garden view.

How To Get There

  • Take Nankai Rinkan Bus (Koyasan-World Heritage rail pass is usable for the bus) from Koyasan station to Ichi no Hashiguchi (一の橋口) stop – about 20 min bus ride, Eko-in is very near from there

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