Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in is a traditional Buddhist temple and accommodation with a thousand-year-old history. It has a beautiful garden and is Wi-fi accessible. Guests are encouraged to attend the Buddhist morning service and the Goma fire ritual.
Its rooms are complete in tatami-mat flooring, futon bedding, and paper sliding doors. Its rooms cost 20,000 to 40,000 JPY per night, including bathroom facilities. The place also features public hot spring baths where guests can spend time for relaxation.
Shukubo temple is near the Kongobu-ji Temple and the Okuno-In Temple.
Guests are encouraged to participate in meditation where they can write using brush and ink on scrolls inside their rooms. Activities like hiking are also encouraged.
The location is accessible by train from Koyasan Station. Due to COVID-19, guests must book under the guidelines implemented by the Government of Japan.
Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
Is there a communal shared public bath?
Price range (yen)
20,000 – 40,000
Ekoin Temple, Koyasan
Total rating: 4.5
Recommended for a peak into a unique side of Japan.
In the centre of Koya village, easy walking to everywhere of interest. The staff are helpful and friendly.
The room is better than I expected, and in good condition. The futon was comfortable. Dinner is shojin-ryori, but very tasty. Breakfast less so.
The stay includes temples activities - a meditation session in the afternoon of arrival and the morning service and Goma Fire Ritual the next morning. It's Shingon, so all mantras and tantras, ritual and theatre, but a very good show. The meditation will reduce stress and wrinkles, and the Goma will make your wishes come true. What more could you ask for?
Exceptional In Every Way!
Ekoin is a place like no other. I felt a sacredness to this place from the moment we stepped foot inside. It's as though we were welcomed for a brief moment into another world entirely, set picturesquely on top of the mountains, directly across from Okunoin Cemetery. My husband and I stayed for one night in a stunning, traditional room overlooking the courtyard garden, with our own private bath. We had partaken in the evening meditation before dinner, the early morning mediation, and the fire ceremony. We are so grateful for these deeply spiritual and reflective opportunities. Our meal was presented to us in our room, and was absolutely stellar in every way. We were served Shojin Ryori, which is Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. I'm a vegetarian and my husband is not, but we were both equally blown away by our meals. I would recommend participating in the evening cemetery tour as it's a truly unique experience. Koyasan and Ekoin will always hold a very special place in our hearts for the experience it provided to us. We returned from this trip deepened from this remarkable place. Thank you Ekoin for a memory we will always cherish.
Great option, a little bit massified due to its success
-Next to Okuin cemetery
-Very well run
-Some monks speak English
- Delicious and very varied dinners, breakfasts also ok, but would be happy if they gave slightly more breakfast food
- Free coffee in entrance
- Free meditation session in the evenings, as well as morning rituals and fire service (gumma)
-A lil bit (7+ mins)walk from Koyasan's center
-Can feel a lil bit massified given its success. Many, many customers come, both JP and non JP
An excellent experience
We were lucky to have a room with our own bathroom facilities and toilet for our 2-nights stay. The room seemed a little larger than others we had peeked into.
The only place to sit was in the (cold) veranda area, otherwise it was on floor cushions at a low table. The futon mattresses were not terribly comfortable, but the double thickness duvets were very warm.
Fortunately we had a heater in the room, and a safe - one could not lock the room from the outside, so anyone could enter when we were out. We did not use the TV.
Around the temple it was very cold, with screen doors left open everywhere.
There was a coffee machine downstairs which we were happy to use - a queue forms at peak times.
Daily timetable was 7am main hall 'mass' with chanting and drumming. 7:30am: fire ritual where you could have your 'wishes on a stick' burnt for 300 Yen a time. More chanting and drumming. 8am, breakfast in room.
4:30pm: meditation session in meditation hall with Nori teaching us Ajikan meditation.
5:30pm: supper in room.
7pm night visit of cemetery for those who wanted it. We recommend doing this, but also visiting by day when the temple and lantern hall are open.
High quality food, but all vegan - no meat, no fish, no eggs, no onions or garlic! Lots of tofu, rice, miso soup.
Highlight from our trip
I really enjoyed this experience. Lovely train ride up into the mountains. Check in at Ekoin was a breeze, and they helped carry our heavy bags up the stairs to the rooms. In our rooms we found a box with hot tea and a welcome snack.
This is traditional ryokan style accommodation. Your small room has a table in the middle, on top of a carpet and sitting pillows. The table gets moved when your meals arrive and you eat in your rooms off little risers placed in the floor. When they are removed after dinner, the staff bring in mattresses and bedding. Bedding is then removed in the morning to make room for breakfast.
The meals were excellent. Vegetarian with lots of little dishes of food. Dinner was one of my favourite meals while in Japan. Meals are included in the cost of the room.
You can’t lock the door from the outside, but there is a safe in the room for valuables.
Were were there in December and it was below freezing mark. Ekoin was cold as many of the doors are left open overnight. There is a space heater in the room which worked great. But we had to bundle up when heading to the shared toilets down the hall.
We participated in the afternoon meditation (dress warmly), as well as the morning service and fire ritual. They are welcoming to foreigners and I truly enjoyed participating.
We also purchased the evening cemetery tour which departs from Ekoin, highly recommend.
Overall the Ekoin experience was a highlight from my trip.