Koya-San is the perfect place to experience a Buddhist monk's way of life as you have the chance to stay in temple lodgings and eat special monks' cuisine known as shojin ryori. Not to be missed is a walk through Okunoin Cemetery for monks – probably Japan's largest and one of the most peaceful.
KOYA SAN ACCOMMODATION
On Mount Koya, you will stay in a traditional temple lodging, known as a shukubo, within the temple precincts where you can experience its workings first hand.
All guest rooms are traditional Japanese tatami style. You'll be invited in the early morning to join the monks offering their first prayers of the day.
As is typical in a shukubo, you will be served shojinryori – delicious vegetarian temple food as eaten by the monks.