Located on the grounds of Yasugi Kiyomizu Temple, Kouyokan is a Japanese style inn. Decorated with antiques and art, the inn has a classic style interior.
Eating at Kouyoukan without staying at the inn is also possible, so feel free to stop by and enjoy a meal of shojin-ryori while visiting Yasugi Kiyomizu Temple. Guests can enjoy a stunning view of the temple and surrounding cedar forest from the dining rooms, bedrooms and baths.
"shojin-ryori," is the traditonal vegetarian cuisine originating from the dietary restrictions of Buddhist monks. Although some dishes look like meat or fish, they are actually all vegetarian! Using fresh produce, Kouyoukan creates healthy and beautiful meals to nourish not only the body, but also the soul. If visiting Yasugi Kiyomizu Temple, be sure to stop by Kouyokan.
Established in 587 AD by a Buddhist monk, Sonryuu-Jouinin, Kiyomizu Temple is a highly revered religious spot. The Imperial family often visited this temple It is said that after seven days of prayer, a spring of fresh water began to flow, thus attributing the temple name "kiyo" (pure, fresh) "mizu" (water). Because of this pure water, Kiyomizu Temple is known as a purifying temple and visited when bad spirits need to be exorcised and also for good health and safe of family members. The temple is the only in Tottori and Shimane that has a pagoda. The temple is surrounded by a plethora of seasonal plants: cherry blossoms in the spring, red maples leaves in the fall, and a snowy wonderland in the winter.