The Setting: Mount Kōya
There are couple of experiences that can humble you really like a neighborhood homestay. All through my time in Japan I wanted to keep at as lots of neighborhood ryokans as probable and 1 expertise that specifically stood out was my time with Buddhist monks in Mount Kōya.
Mount Kōya is regarded to be 1 of the most sacred areas in Japan and is a substantial temple settlement, house to the headquarters of the Koyasan Shingon College.
The buddhist temple is 1 of lots of religious buildings providing homestays to guests in Wakayama but it was my preference due to their reputation as getting 1 of the cleanest and with excellent meals. Additionally, they’ve not too long ago had a refurbishment and though the accommodations are fundamental, they felt seriously clean and welcoming.
The cost is 10,800 yen per individual, which consists of each breakfast and dinner. Even though a tiny steeper than some other possibilities in Wakayama, it is for the motives outlined above.
Your keep at Jofukuin consists of each breakfast and dinner, all of which are strictly vegetarian (no meat, no fish!) Each meals had been seriously tasty with way also a lot meals for dinner but prior to you know it you have sampled a tiny of every thing and practically eaten every thing in front of you!
About the prefecture of Wakayama there is a lot much more to see and do, specifically if time is on your side. I was fairly quick on time so spent my day exploring Koya (exactly where the lodge was situated) and the lots of temples that occupy this settlement in the mountains.
Koya is the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism and as such has lots of religious buildings to discover.
My highlights had been: Kongobuji, Danjō-garan and Konpon Daito.