An Overnight Stay at Jokiin Temple

Another day in Japan, another unique experience! We went to Mount Koya (Koyasan) to spend the night at Jokiin Buddhist temple and attend morning prayers. Considered the most sacred mountain in Japan, it is the center of Shingon Buddhism and over 200 temples. In 2004, UNESCO designated Mount Koya a World Heritage Site.

Jokiin Temple
Jokiin Temple

I figured it would take us about 3 hours to get there. Well, after a few different trains, a bus ride, and a whole lot of walking, it ended up taking a little over 7 hours to get there! Whew!

After a brief check in, our large tatami room was all set and dinner was served right away.

Jokiin Temple
Tatami Room

I was really looking forward to this since we were staying in a ryokan which is a Japanese-style inn where you can experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality. It features elements such as tatami floors, futon beds, and wearing a yukata (Japanese cotton robe).

Jokiin Temple
Mount Koya
Jokiin Temple
Sliding Doors
Jokiin Temple
Japanese-Style Rooms
Jokiin Temple
Buddhist Temple
Jokiin Temple

One of the monks came in to set up our shojin-ryoriย dinner which is vegetarian or vegan cuisine followed by Buddhist monks.

Jokiin Temple

Jokiin Temple
Jokiin Temple
Vegetarian Meal
Jokiin Temple
Seasonal Ingredients

Jokiin Temple

The meal was light and delicious. The seasonal vegetables and ingredients were great.

Jokiin Temple
Tofu and Mushrooms
Jokiin Temple
Jokiin Temple

After our meal, we had the chance to take an indoor hot spring bath. We went to bed soon after since we had to be up early for morning prayers with the monks! What a day!

365 Koyasan Koya-cho
Ito-gun 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 736-56-2321

Author: Desiree

Desired Tastes is a Food and Travel Blog written by Desiree, a food enthusiast from New Jersey who just wants to see the world and eat good food.

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