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Located in the sacred Mount Koya area, Yochi-in is a historic temple and an accommodation for visitors. Just to the left of entering sanmon gate, there is a stone garden created by the famous Mirei Shigemori and designated a natural monument by the Japanese government. Guests can experience temple activities such as meditation, sutra copying and tracing of Buddhist deities at an additional charge, if reserved in advance. Guests can also participate in morning prayers, which do not require reservation. All rooms at Yochi-in are Japanese-style and feature tatami (woven-straw) floors. Traditional futon bedding, a TV, fan and heater are provided. Bathroom and toilet are shared with other guests. The spacious public baths feature a hot tub. On-site luggage storage is available. Guests with reservations that include a meal can enjoy delicately prepared homemade vegetarian meals featuring seasonal dishes. Convenience stores are located within a 3-minute walking distance from the property. It is a 10-minute walk from the famous Kongobuji Temple. Guests can visit the Buddhist temple, Danjogaran, just a 3-minute walk away.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

Yochi-in has been welcoming guests since 24 Jun 2013.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.3)

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Free private parking available on-site

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  • Amy
    It’s great sleeping at the Yochi-in, we also had the food which might not be your first choice but is part of the experience. Major thanks to the monk who helped us getting on a cemetery night tour from a different temple, bringing us there +...
  • Juan
    An amazing experience! We loves every moment and the food was great. We left our passports and a wallet and they sent it to our next accommodation immediately. We are super grateful!
  • Stephen
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Great temple stay. Friendly monks go out of their way to help and explain their rituals. Lovely food too and an ‘onsen’ bath as well
  • Tristan
    The whole experience was wonderful and the personal exceptionally friendly. Were freindly and open to english speakers, and gave an fascinationg insight to their lifestyle. They even helped us with a misunderstanding from my side and were extra...
  • Lisa
    What an honour to be able to join in morning service and have it explained. They were very helpful with all questions. It was very clean. Although only allows 3 people, they were able to accommodate room for 4. Thank you for welcoming...
  • Christina
    Loved the experience of staying at the monastery and the morning prayer ceremony. The food was excellent
  • Azulkownain
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Yochi-in was a wonderful way of experiencing a traditional temple stay in Japan. We both enjoyed being welcomed with tea and sweets. The room was cosy with traditional tatami mats. The food was delicious too! We thoroughly enjoyed being able to...
  • Meng
    the mattress is so comfortable that I have a very nice sleep. There is a monk comes from Sweden, very polite and and answer my friends a lot of question about Buddhism. The experience to chant sutras is wonderful. Thanks for the inclusive service!
  • Janine
    The property is actually a functioning buddhist monastery. The stay itself hence was very relaxing and quiet and the property itself very traditionally japanese (i.e. futon beds, traditional vegan buddhist food). Staff was exceptionally friendly...
  • Bethany
    A once in a lifetime stay in a Buddhist temple. Friendly staff who answer any questions openly and who are very inviting.

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  • Are there gluten free options with the breakfast and diner? Also, is having tattoos an issue for entering the bath area?

    We can deal with gruten free. We don't mind our guest's tattoos.
    Answered on 7 January 2020
  • Hi. Do we need to reserve temple activities in advance? We check-in on Sunday March 22nd. Thank you, Nick Gissing

    Everybody can join our morning celemony, it costs free. You can reserve Shakyo and Shabutsu after check-in.
    Answered on 18 March 2020
  • Hello, what time is curfew? I would like to stay here and attend the cemetery tour that finishes at 9pm, is it possible? Thank you!

    Hello, we appreciate you to watch our temple. Curfew is 9pm. But you want to go the cemetery tour, we close the gate when you come back the tour. And ..
    Answered on 19 October 2022
  • how to access the temple from kyoto?

    There is a direct bus from Kyoto to Koyasan. It starts at 8:10 or 9:20 at kyoto station.
    Answered on 22 October 2022
  • is there chair available - due to hip replacement I can no longer sit on the floor

    We will prepare chairs in the room and at the dining area for people with walking difficulties.
    Answered on 23 July 2023
  • We are two people, but is only a triple room available for our dates. Will you adjust the breakfast and dinner charge to two persons, instead of three..

    We ecommend booking through a booking site other than booking.
    Answered on 2 June 2023
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Facilities of Yochi-in
Great facilities! Review score, 8.8

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Free WiFi
  • Garden
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
    • Luggage storage
    Reception services
    • Invoice provided
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Smoke alarms
    • Safety deposit box
    • Designated smoking area
    • Air conditioning
    • Heating
    • Facilities for disabled guests
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    Languages spoken
    • Japanese

    Sustainable initiatives

    This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and environmentally friendly travel

    House rules

    Yochi-in takes special requests - add in the next step!


    From 15:00 to 17:00


    From 08:00 to 10:00



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

    Children and beds

    Child policies

    Children of any age are welcome.

    To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

    Cot and extra bed policies

    Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

    No age restriction

    There is no age requirement for check-in

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    Pets are not allowed.

    The fine print

    Please note, this property is a temple and guests must check-in by 17:00. Please notify the property if guests plan to arrive after this check-in time. Please update the property if guest's expected arrival time changes.

    <On-site Dining>
    - Please inform the property in advance if guests have any food allergies or dietary needs. Please contact the property through the special requests box at the time of booking. Please note, the property may not be able to fulfill some requests.
    - Please note, meal requests cannot be accommodated at check-in.

    - Please note that some rooms do not have a lock (a safety deposit box is available in all rooms).
    - Please note this is strictly a non-smoking property. There is a designated smoking area on site.
    - The property has a curfew at 21:00. Please note, the curfew is 20:00 during the winter season from early December until mid March.
    - Please note, the on-site public bath is available until 21:00. During the winter season from early December until mid March, there is a smaller bath that is available until 20:00.

    In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

    Please inform Yochi-in in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

    Guests must check in by 17:00 to eat dinner at this property. Guests who check in after this time may not be served dinner, and no refund will be given.

    FAQs about Yochi-in

    • Guests staying at Yochi-in can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.1).

      Breakfast option(s) include:

      • Vegetarian

    • The prices at Yochi-in may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

    • Check-in at Yochi-in is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

    • Yochi-in is 750 yards from the centre of Koyasan. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • Yochi-in offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

      • Hot tub/Jacuzzi

    • Yes, there is a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Yochi-in on this page.

    • Room options at Yochi-in include:

      • Twin
      • Triple
      • Family