Koyasan Ekoin 高野山 宿坊 恵光院 | Japan Luxury Travel Agency
Ekoin Temple is a temple on Koyasan Mountain with a 1200-year history, which dates back to Kobo Daishi Kukai, who built a five-story pagoda and enshrined Bishamonten and Fudo Myoo. In 1308, Ryocho Ajari (ajari: a master in esoteric Buddhism) was transferred from Toji Temple in Kyoto to this temple and rebuilt Ekoin Temple.
Around 1558, the temple had a familial relationship with Shimazu Yoshihiro, the 17th head of the Satsuma Clan. It is also the family temple of Akechi Mitsuhide. From 1704, under the order of the 8th Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshimune, the name of the temple was changed to Ekoin with the teachings of the Buddha continuing to this day to be passed down from generation to generation.
Style: shukubo (Temple Lodging)
Address: 497 Koyasan, Koya-cho Ito-gun, Wakayama-ken Japan 648-0211
Check-in time: from 13:00
Check-out time: before: 10:00
Ekoin Temple is located just a short walk from the Okunoin Ichinohashi Bridge entrance, from the residence of Kobo Daishi Kukai, and is a temple lodging where you can enjoy history and nature.
Types of Rooms
In Ekoin Temple, they have a variety of rooms to choose from based on the relaxed traditional Japanese-style room, and some also including beds.
Special Tenjiku Japanese/Western-Style Room
A spacious 16-jo (26.45-square meter) room, with beds in the bedroom. The bathroom and toilet are equipped with the latest facilities and a modern design, as well as a bathtub made of Shigaraki ware. In the veranda area, you can sit back and enjoy the view of the garden.
Deluxe Japanese-Style Room
The room size is 10-jo (16.53 square meters). In the veranda area, you can enjoy the view of the garden. The bathroom is equipped with the latest facilities in a calm wood tone, and the bathroom and toilet feature the warmth of a wood design. The walls of the bathroom are covered in Japanese cypress, and the large bathtub will help you relax after a long day.
General Japanese-Style Room
You can spend your time in this relaxing Japanese-style room. There are no en suite bathrooms or toilets, but you can use the large bathing area and the shared bathroom and washroom spaces in the lodging.
Compact Japanese-Style Room
These rooms are compact and relaxing. They are also ideal for a single person to stay.
Large bathing area
Our baths are equipped with warm water that comes from the springs of Koyasan and is soft for the skin. Stretch out your legs in this large bath and relax after a long day of travel.
Large bathing area (washrooms and changing rooms)
Body wash, shampoo, and conditioner are available. Hair dryers are also available in the changing rooms.
These bathrooms are equipped with the latest model of washlet toilets. The women’s restroom is also equipped with a diaper changing area and a spacious hand washing counter.
The vast space is one of the main characteristics of the temple, and is used for various occasions, including annual events, and as a place to eat for groups of visitors.
This is a dojo for practicing the esoteric meditation method “ajikan.” There are also microphones available if using the dojo as a training venue.
This is a shared space that can be used freely. You can also read through materials on Koyasan tourism.
Sofas are placed throughout the facility. Please relax and enjoy the view of the garden.
In Ekoin Temple, breakfast and dinner will be served in room, while guests of four or more will be served in a separate room.
They provide Shojin ryori (Buddhist cuisine) which has been handed down through the generations along with the long history of Koyasan. Shojin ryori is based on cooking methods that continue to this day: Goho (raw, boiled, baked, fried, and steamed); Gomi (soy sauce, vinegar, salt, sugar, and spicy hot); and Goshoku (red, blue, black, yellow, and white).
At the lodging, they also offer “furimai ryori,” a banquet food served after the monks’ ceremonies. No meat, fish, or other fish or raw meat odors are used, so it can also be enjoyed by vegetarians and vegans.