1200 Years of Koyasan! Top Temple Lodgings
52 temples dot the holy mountains of Koyasan, founded by the illustrious monk, Kukai...here are the 5 most popular!
Established during the Heian Period (794-1185) by the priest Myojaku, this venerable temple boasts quite a lineage. Accommodations consist of 30 tranquil guest rooms, all the while maintaining its functionality and splendor as a temple, providing excellent hospitality not unlike that of a normal ryokan.
Located in the center of Koyasan, these temple lodgings are convenient for sightseeing. Guest rooms combine the magnificent architecture of a temple with comfort and livability, and guests can enjoy delicately-prepared vegetarian Buddhist cuisine (shojin-ryori) in their own room for an authentically-Japanese dining experience. Guests can also feast their eyes upon the sliding door paintings crafted by artists of the renowned Kano School as well as various other treasures on exhibition.
Seeking to redefine the image of temple lodgings as just another kind of Japanese-style guest room, all Western-style rooms here (and some semi-Western style rooms) are equipped with twin beds. The rock garden features a dry waterfall and was reportedly designed by famous historical figure, Kobori Enshu. It is also said to be Koyasan's most famous garden.
Guests at this temple are welcome to join the Goma fire ritual prayers every morning, practice Ajikan seated meditation, copy sutras, and go for a night-time visit to Okunoin (held on the 20th of every month)--all free of charge. Guests can also enjoy traditional vegetarian cuisine (shojin-ryori) for breakfast and dinner while enjoying the scenic garden view from the comfort of their room.
It's principal image that of Fudo Myoo, this temple is one of 12 founded in the 7th year of the Engi Era (908) by the bishop Nishitani. Guests can enjoy meals while admiring the lovely Japanese garden and are also welcome to participate in the morning devotional exercises, such as reading and copy sutras, to experience ultimate healing.
Ranking Criteria: Based on Rakuten Travel domestic bookings by total number of nights per person (as of 3/19/2015, from 4/2/2015-12/31/2015), limited to lodgings available for booking on the Rakuten Travel English language site.
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