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Review: A typical stay in a temple at Mount Koya will cost you a little more than $100, which is very typical for any traditional Japanese establishment. You must make your reservation at least one week in advance, or longer if you plan on going during a busy season. Breakfast, generally at 7:00 a.m, and dinner (time varies by temple) are always included. Lunch will be extra, and you will have to reserve it in advance, but if your temple is on the main street in Mount Koya, I recommend it. There is a list of temples that offer lodging here: http://eng.shukubo.net/ A few words about what to expect: Just like any ryokan, a stay at a temple is very regimented. Dinner will be served at a specific time and only that time. Don't miss it-- it will be delicious vegan food prepared under the strictest auspices of the Buddhist monks, and its cost is a large part of your stay. Don't miss the service before, either. Also, you probably can bathe at only a certain time, probably after dinner: respect that. You will stay in a traditional Japanese room, with straw tatami mats and beautifully painted sliding doors. (There are no doors with locks, but most of them do have safes for your valuables.) As the walls between the guest rooms are paper sliding doors, there is little privacy; expect that. Breakfast, like dinner, is served at a certain time, and it will be prepared for you; you are expected to show up when it is served. I recommend the service before as well. The food varies tremendously between temples, but it generally includes goma dofu, which is a tofu-like melt-in-your-mouth puddingish confection made from starch and tahini, plus tempura, rice, pickles, and tea.