Hojoin Temple

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Amy B
London, UK2,494 contributions
Two Night Stay
Apr. 2017 • Friends
Yes, this is a temple, but they actually have rooms and you can stay. It was a very unique experience. The monks are very friendly and helpful. The location is central for seeing all of the sites. And the rooms are huge and absolutely beautiful. They overlook beautifully kept zen gardens. The breakfast and dinner provided it very traditional, and you are screened off from other guests.
The best part is that very early in the morning, the monks come and get you and you take part in a Buddhist ceremony, which is a fantastic experience. However, we went in April and this part of the day was freezing, so layer up!
Overall, whilst it was expensive, I would definitely recommend staying here when in Koyasan.
Written 3 February 2018
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TerryfromToledo
Laguna Beach, CA400 contributions
5 for the Experience
Nov. 2017 • Couples
Note this is a temple but you can spend the night.
I wish I had done this when I was 25 or 30, not 70. Staying in a traditional Japanese room means spending a lot of time on the floor and getting up. However, the temple stay experience is well worth it. This temple accommodates many guests but the first night it was my wife and I and a Japanese tour group of about 25. The second night just one other couple and us.
The monks are very accommodating. We were served dinner and breakfast in a private room. The vegetarian food was very good. They serve beer or sake with dinner on request.
The public baths are good sized. The traditional Japanese rooms are pleasant. Ours had a sitting area with a view of trees.
Visitors can attend the morning prayers.
The location is good for visiting the other temples and shrines of Koyasan.
Written 14 November 2017
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Phillip Jolly
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
Great Experience
Dec. 2016 • Couples
One of only 3 original temples in Koyasan which gives a unique experience. Lovely dinner and breakfast. We attended the ceremony at 6.30am which was very interesting and a must do, although be prepared for cold temperatures in winter.
Written 1 December 2016
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rthom
Sydney, Australia31 contributions
Stunning place and food
May 2016 • Couples
Well preserved building. Our room had a full garden and terrace to itself. Was stunning. Food was some of the best we had in Japan. The people working there were very kind and made every attempt to make us feel at home and showed us some of the highlights of the old building and artifacts. Amazing place!
Written 27 May 2016
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Svadilfarinn
Akureyri, Iceland71 contributions
A unique and authentic experience
Oct. 2015 • Couples
We were very happy with our stay at Hojoin in Koyasan. Our room was beautiful, with hot tea, yukatas and slippers ready when we arrived. The onsen is well kept and nice.

The dinner was wonderful. We ate in a beautiful and big tatami room, sitting on the floor, with screens separating the diners from one another. The food was very good, with a lot of fresh fruits and seasonal ingredients.

We had a good night's sleep on our thick futons and left very happy with our stay after a simple breakfast and watching the morning prayer ceremony.

I highly recommend visiting the cemetery, Okonoin, after dark! We went there both at night and the next day, and the evening visit was unforgettable and very special.
Written 8 November 2015
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yta155032
Montreal, Canada50 contributions
A zen trip
Oct. 2015 • Couples
I stayed at this temple last night. The temple is about 10 minutes walk from the bus stop very near to Da Ran complex. The room is simple and clean with yukata and slipper put out at front door,you could leave the luggage there and do the touring of the day. The dinner are vegetarian ,but well prepare,well presented and taste quite good.I am really appreciated the hospitality of the temple.
Written 1 October 2015
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Nsud
Nairobi, Kenya220 contributions
Authentic temple stay in Koya San
Oct. 2014 • Couples
At the time of this review, Hojoin had just opened its doors to foreign guests. It's not as established as some of the other monastery lodgings (i.e. - less instructions in English), but that adds to the charm. The two monks who run the place are very hospitable and charming. The room itself is adequate - you get a sitting/living ryokan area and a sleeping area. The onsen is located a bit far - it's in an annex of the buiding, so will take 5-10 minutes to walk. The food at Hojoin really stands out compared to the other temple lodging we stayed at in Koya san. It's still the vegetarian platter but they use more seasonal ingredients. The morning prayer service is more intimate - the monks conduct it themselves and do not encourage much participation from the audience (as perhaps, it should be). Overall, a pleasant stay in Koyasan.
Written 21 October 2014
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