Kōya-san hotels and hostels
Kōya San Youth Hostel
This hostel is a friendly and comfortable budget choice if the prices at the temples are out of your range. It's closed for parts of December and January. Call ahead for reservations.
Nice rooms and communal baths make this a good choice.
This temple is one of the cheaper shukubō and functions as a kokumin-shukusha (people's lodge).
One of the nicer temples in town, Ekō-in is run by a friendly bunch of young monks and the rooms look onto beautiful gardens.
This lovely temple has superb rooms, many with garden views, fine painted fusuma (sliding doors) and interesting art on display. English is spoken here; sometimes explanation of Buddhist practices and meditation is available.
There are more than 50 temples in Kōya-san offering shukubō. It's worth staying the night at a temple here, especially to try shōjin-ryōri (vegetarian food - no meat, fish, onions or garlic).
A simple, friendly and well-located temple.
At home with foreign guests, this temple has a lovely garden and some rooms with en suite baths. There is one barrier-free room with Western-style beds. The top rooms here are among the best in Kōya-san.
This fine temple has outdoor baths with onsen water and a lovely garden designed by the famous designer Shigemori Mirei.
A fine place with an interesting morning Buddhist ceremony.