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Sojiin in Koya-san

A 1,200-year-old Buddhist temple guesthouse

Located in the heart of the temple settlement on Koya-san (Mt. Koya), Sojiin provides authentic Japanese lodging in a Buddhist temple. This temple settlement has been a place of teaching and contemplation for more than 1,200 years.
Unlike a regular hotel experience, this "shukubo", or temple stay, provides a spiritual escape set in idyllic surroundings. The temple was founded in the 12th century, and the present structure is over 100 years old—expect rice mat floors, sliding paper doors, the sound of leaves rustling in the wind and falling asleep to the sounds of the surrounding forest. Awake with the temple bell at dawn and join the priests and monks in their morning ceremony for chanting and meditation. Sojiin serves Buddhist vegan meals—a special kind of cuisine called "shojin-ryori"—and the dinner is something to dream about once you have left: a five-course feast of veggies served in imaginative and delicious ways. In the evening, dip in the temple complex's hot spring bath and walk among the trees. Sojiin leaves a mark on those that pass through.
143 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama
soujiin@kind.ocn.ne.jp

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