When we stayed here we were welcomed very friendly. That day we were the only guests staying here. For that reason the public bath was closed but they provided a private bathroom with nice small bath (with typical Japanese computerized controls).
It's a beautiful and large temple. Room was as also in other Koyasan temples spartan and without any luxury. No spectacular view. Walls are from paper. In the night some animal, possibly a frog, jumped against the outside wall for some time trying to get in, making noises. Bit eerie and no sound protection from the paper wall, but, let's say, it adds to the experience. ;-)
In this temple food is served inside the main building, not in the room. The food is good, lots of variety, vegetarian.
The monks seem to practise Zen Buddhism here and there is a beautiful Zen garden at the entry of the temple.
This temple seems authentic to me. It's relatively close to town and other sights in Koyasan.
There is an option to join the morning prayer and meditation session which for me was a highlight of the stay. The head-monk speaks English relatively well, is a very kind man and explained us about the temple and the practices. Very informative.
The price of the stay is, like everywhere in Koyasan, relatively high compared to the comfort of the rooms.
There is a 'wifi room' with free wifi (and also a heating, if required).
Possibly due to the Spartan bedding and the cold I didn't sleep very well, but that does not take much away from the overall positive and learning experience. I wouldn't want to have missed it.
- Also Known As:
- Rengejoin Temple Hotel Koya-Cho