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Overnight trip in Koya san -- worth it?

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My boyfriend and I are trying to decide whether an overnight trip to a temple on Mt. Koya is worth (a) the cost of temple accommodation and travel, and (b) the lengthy trip to get there from Kyoto, where we'll be for one week prior to the potential Koya san excursion.

On one hand, we've heard that an overnight stay in a temple can be a magical experience. The peaceful, wooded environment and the the opportunity to get a window into life in a temple are both selling points for us.

On the other hand, our one-night temple stay (in Rengejo-in) would cost way more than a one-night stay in any other hotel or riyokan we've planned to visit in Japan. This is a drawback, and since we've heard a bit about conspicuous cosumption in Koya san (monks driving around in BMWs, etc), it rubs us the wrong way.

Also, we'll be arriving in Koya san from Kyoto and then departing the next day for Tokyo, and we aren't sure if all of the longer-distance traveling will be worth the time or money.

Do you think it would be better to go forward with the overnight in Mt. Koya, or instead to extend our stay in Kyoto by one day and take a day trip to see Hemeji castle?

Any comments or suggestions are much appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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