Mount Koya, Kumano Kodo, Japan
At a Glance
With a tranquil location in a Buddhist temple complex, Souji-in offers a chance to observe the rituals and prayers of the monks
Traditional Japanese design is balanced with western-style amenities to create a comfortable stay
Guests can book Shojin Ryori meals, a traditional vegan meal often served by the monks
The scenic gardens create a serene, meditative escape though children are welcome and the rooms can accommodate families
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best and most popular times to visit Kyoto are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in Kyoto in early April. Bear in mind, though, that the blossoms are notoriously fickle, blooming any time from late March to mid-April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Be warned that Kyoto is crowded with domestic and international tourists during the cherry-blossom and autumn-foliage seasons.
Of course, you can visit Kyoto at any time of year, although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.
To start planning your holiday to Souji-in
The Japanese-style rooms of Souji-in lie in a Buddhist temple on Mount Koya and combine traditional design with modern conveniences including flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning.
Set in the serene surrounds of a Buddhist temple on Mount Koya, Souji-in boasts a range of room types that balance the tranquillity of their decor with modern additions. Scenic gardens offer space to unwind, while guests can observe the morning prayers and interact with the monks.
The rooms are Japanese in style, with simple lines and muted colours given depth by the traditional art and ornaments. Futon beds provide accommodation for up to six guests and the rooms are spacious, ranging from 30 to 80 sq.m. Modern additions include TVs, air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, private bathrooms (with the exception of the Standard Room) and toilets. Complimentary WiFi is available in the rooms and the public areas.
Shojin Ryori, a traditional vegan meal, is served for breakfast and dinner in your room, while a shared lounge offers space to relax, play board games or watch TV. When not exploring the local area or observing the rituals of the monks, take a stroll through the manicured Japanese gardens or soak in the views from the terrace. Children are welcome at Souji-in and meals can be tailored to their needs, while the rooms can accommodate a family.
While enjoying the simplicity of life in a temple complex, guests can gain an insight into Buddhist culture and worship by observing the rituals of the monks, as well as visiting the Koyasan Reihokan Museum and the restaurants of the town.
Active Kumano Kodo
Mount Koya, Kawayu, Nachikatsuura & Ise Peninsula
from £4200 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights
- Quaint selection of temple stay, boutique ryokan before concluding at the luxurious Amanemu
- Carefully-selected route of the ancient Kumano Kodo to ensure you experience the very best of this pilgrimage trail
- Unravel the mysterious shrines between the cedar forests, primeval green forests and seasonal autumn colours
Location & directions
Mount Koya, Kumano Kodo, Japan
Souji-in is located on Mount Koya, 36 miles from Osaka.
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