Top choice temple lodge in Kōya-san

This pretty hillside temple, set around a garden, offers both simple but nicely done-up rooms and pricier en-suite rooms with newly updated facilities. It's run by a bunch of friendly young monks keen to engage travellers in their culture. There are free evening meditation sessions in English and morning fire rituals. A single-traveller surcharge is ¥2000. The nearest bus stop is Ichi-no-hashi-guchi.