Dosho, KoboDaishi's own disciple, built Ekoin almost 1200 years ago. "Eko" originally means "Transference of Merit.
Staying at Ekoin temple for a night gives you the opportunity to share Buddhist Monks lifestyle and enjoy the relaxing environment of the temple, its garden and its hot spring bath, in a minimalist yet comfortable setting.
You are invited to try Syojin Ryori, the traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, in your room, facing the garden. You may also participate in a meditation class in the afternoon, learn Buddha Sutra writing, join the morning ceremony honoring the ancestors or the Homa Fire Ritual.
This is the perfect stay for curious minds wanting to get an insight about Japanese Buddhism as well as for tired bodies craving for a peaceful and relaxing environment.