Kobodaishi, Millenaryness, Sacred Koyasan
Koyasan, 800meters above sea level, is located the heart of the northern mountain district of Kii Peninsula, central region of the Japanese Islands. Kobodai Kukai, have preached the Esoteric Buddhism Shingon Mikkyo into Japan from China and he developed the mountain area as a sanctuary of selfdiscipline. He established monasteries in Koyasan about 1200 years ago. The Shingon Mikkyo originated in India and come to China via the famed Silk Road. Mount Koyasan is the fruit of deep faith of one individual. It's long history and wish for eternal peace and welfare of mankind have been successfully maintained by the faithful followers of Kobodaishi.
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Welcome To Yõchi-in!
Many subsidiary temples of Kongobuji temple play a role based on faith and the study of Mikyo. In order to achieve this, they offer accommodation for visitors to Koyasan from Edoperiod. Today, there are has 52 temples within 117 subsidiary temples in Koyasan where there is available accommodation for visitors. The number of registered visitors exceeds one million annually. This temple is one of the main temple in Koyasan.
YOCHI-IN Temple was established in 1127 by Imperial Prince Kakuho, the fourth son of Emperor Shirakawa. It was originally named Yochi-in (養智院), using different Chinese characters from today, which means “a temple where wisdom is cultivated.” In 1258, Emperor Gosaga visited Yochi-in and was so impressed by the beautiful cherry blossoms reflected on the garden pond. He ordered His Imperial Highness Prince Kujo to compose a tanka (thirty-one syllables' poem) describing his serene mind reflected by the beautiful scenery of cherry blossoms reflected on the clear pond water. After that, this temple was renamed YOCHI-IN (櫻池院), a temple of cherry blossom pond. (Using different Chinese characters from the original but still has the same pronunciation.) Since the distant past through to the present day, YOCHI-IN has been one of the best Gakuryo-style temples which has been produced excellent scholars of Esoteric Buddhism in Koyasan.
You eat vegetable foods and sleep with Futon-bedding and attend religious morning ceremony (about 6:30 am), when you stay at temple.Bath and toilet are communal style. Temple lodging check in time is 15:00 pm to 17:00 pm.
There are sixty historical temples to accommodate the visitors with the traditional custom and manner in the mountain. Each temple is called Shukubo and welcomes you with full hospitality. The Shukubo certainly deserves a beautiful Japanese garden, traditional lodging rooms with Shoji, tatami, and fusuma doors, and a back yard garden with a tiny pond and Bonsai trees. Of interest (for staying) are futon-bed, classical furo-bath, and Zabton cushion. If you stay one night, you will learn the typical Japanese way of life in Shukubo temple.
A traditional vegetarian, gourmet food is called Shojin-ryori in Japanese. It is skillfully cooked without any use of meat, fish, onions ,or garlic. The dishes in delicacy are Tempura, Aghe, Koya-tofu, Goma-tofu, Misosoup, sweet sour seaweeds in vineger, wild potate, and many others. The most delicious one among them is called Goma-tofu cooked with sesame seeds and starch. The taste is extremely good. Through eleven hundred years the old method of cooking has been secretly transmitted by monk to monk, chef to chef.
When entering the temple you were asked to remove your shoes and change into slippers. Slippers may be worn throughout the whole temple, but please remove them slippers outside and change into toilet slippers which are ready inside the restroom.
The most interesting small gifts and charms for your family are: Omie ( Daishi's portrait), Juzu rosary/beads, Daishi-pendant, amulet (Omamori) for driving safety, Buddha's scroll, Koya-tofu (dried fofu) and many others. These items are very handy and sold at many gifts stores or souvenir shops in the town.
The morning service is conducted at 6:30 a.m. You may enter the hondõ (main hall of worship) a couple of minutes earlier. The hondõ is sacred place, so please enter in proper attire. No yukata may be worn inside the hondõ. Slippers are removed before entering the hondõ. After the morning service breakfast will be ready at 7:30 a.m.
Please pay your bill at the temple office before you leave. If you have received a coupon from your travel agency, please hand it over to the staff your arrival.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask at the office any time.
We wish you a pleasant stay at Yõchi-in
The bathrooms are open from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. After entering the bathroom please remove your slippers. Once inside you will find baskets in the anteroom. Please put your clothes in there. The bath itself is entered completely undressed, only a small towel may be taken inside. Please wash yourself before entering the bathtub. In Japan the bath is a place of communication as well as relaxation so please take your time.
How to spend your time at the temple
Press the buzzer
Meet a monk
Take off your shoes
You are taken to your room.
Do not drag your luggage on the corridor and in the room.
guest room ～ shered bathroom
Take off your slippers before entering your room.
Slippers are not allowed on TATAMI.
Do not drag luggage.
Do not sit on the TOKONOMA.
Do not hang your wet towels on the prop beam.
Welcome tea service
Western toilet available
Japanese style toilet
You can walk around YOCHIIN in your YUKATA except Buddist ceremony or practices.
Take off slippers in front of the dressing room before the bathroom.
No YUKATA, underwears or bathing suits are allowed in the bathroom.
Wash yourself and rinse yourself before you soak yourself in the bathtub.
meal ～ bedding～ checking out
Japanese bath is communal to relax, so do not wash or soak towel in the bathtub.
Japanese bath is communal to relax, so do not wash or soak towel in the bathtub.
Unplug the bath water.
Meal shoud be taken at the designated room. Enjoy SHOJIN-RYORI, the temple vegetarian cuisine.
You can order beer or sake.
Tracin Sutra/Tracing Buddha's portrait can be exprienced after dinner.(1000 yen per person)
Your bedding is ready in your room.
Morning ceremony starts from 6:30, anybody can join the ceremony.
Please come to the office to check out. Credit card are not accepted.(cash only)
Thank you for staying at our temple. We can keep your luggage after check out.
YOCHIIN is a Buddhist Temple and the service is not given by professional hotel staffs but training monks or apprentices who tries to show their hospitality as a part of Buddhist practice.
You may have some inconvenience during your stay at a Buddhist temple but please understand that we always welcome you to our temple.
Enjoy viewing our cultural property garden and stroll around Koyasan.
Rooms: Non-Smoking rooms only. (There is designated area where you can smoke. Please ask our staff.)
Pets are not allowed in the temple.
*Wheelchair is available along the hallways but not in the room. We can prepare the chair only for disabled guests.
** We can look after your luggage before your check-in time or after check-out time.
Parking: Free Parking is available for YOCHIIN guests at YOCHIIN
Facility: Communal Inner Bath (shared bath separated by sex), Communal Toilets (shared), Water Server
*** Communal Bath is open from 15:00-21:00, no morning bath or shower is available.
**** Body Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Dryer are equipped in the bathroom.
***** Toilet Paper and Paper Towel are set in the Toilet.
****** Free Wi-Fi is available (At Lobby and upper floor)
Room Facilities: Low table, TV(except 2nd floor rooms), Safe, Air-Conditioner, Yukata Set (Room wear), towels (Big and small), Toothbrush, Tea set (on your request)
******* Children under 3 years can stay free without extra bedding.
******** No Western Bedding is set. Sleep on futon mattress on Tatami-mat room.
********* Yukata Towels and Toothbrush are set in your room.
Payment: We accept credit cards.
Cancellation Policy: Free Cancellation by 1 day before your check-in date.
Others: Further discussions are needed for guests with food allergies.
Your credit card number will be used for guarantee purposes only.
Access to Koyasan
•From Kansai International Airport Take the Nankai Line from Kansai International Airport to Namba Station then change Nankai Koya Line to go to Gokurakubashi Station. Then change again to the Nankai Cable Line for Koyasan Station. The journey takes about one and half hours.
•From Wakayama City Trains depart from Wakayama Station(JR Wakayama Line) to Hashimoto Station of Nankai Koya Line, change to Nankai Line to go to Gokurakubashi Station, then change the train again to the Nankai Cable Line to go to Koyasan Station. Total time taken is estimated at two hours.
When you get to Koyasan station, please take the bus to Daimon and get off the Kondo-mae stop. It takes for 15 minutes and costs 340 yen. If you take the bus to Okunoin , please get off the Senjyuin-bashi stop and walk to Yochiin for 10 minutes.
-By Car or Taxi
•From Osaka City Take Route 310 then Route 371 to get to Hashimoto City. From there to Koyasan take Route 24 to Route 480 (Koyasan Road). It will take about two and half hours.