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Shojoshin-in is a traditional Buddhist Temple on Mount Koya (Koya-san in Japanese), one of Japan's most sacred mountains.
Mount Koya is located in the mountainous Wakayama Prefecture and unlike most places in Japan which are becoming easier to access, it is still fairly remote and off-the-beaten-track.
Despite its relative proximity to Osaka, travelling to Mount Koya can take some time and you’ll need to take a number of slow trains and a funicular railway, however the journey is an experience in itself and the destination is definitely worth the effort.
One of the main reasons people visit Mount Koya is to stay in a ‘shukubo’ - a Buddhist temple that provides accommodation for visiting pilgrims and tourists.
Mount Koya is one of the best places in Japan to experience ‘shukubo’ accommodation and on our tailor-made holidays which feature this sacred Buddhist pilgrimage destination we offer the opportunity to stay at Shojoshin-in, one of the oldest temples on the mountain.
Spending a night or two at Shojoshin-in is a unique experience which offers an insight into the simple, traditional lifestyle of Buddhist monks.
During your stay at Shojoshin-in you’ll be invited to join the resident monks in early morning prayers at the temple (this is a fascinating experience which should not be missed), and in the daytime you can explore the religious sites of Mount Koya, including Okunoin Cemetery, one of the most sacred places in Japan.
We’re sure that a stay at Shojoshin-in will be one of the highlights of your Japan tailor-made holiday!
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