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Mount Koya

Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Koya-cho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Wooden temples hidden among the trees, mist-covered mountains, smooth-headed monks in colorful robes--all the Buddhist film archetypes are alive on... more » Owner description: Wooden temples hidden among the trees, mist-covered mountains, smooth-headed monks in colorful robes--all the Buddhist film archetypes are alive on Mt. Koya. A deeply sacred place, central to the Shingon sect of Buddhism, Mt. Koya is also a World Heritage Site due to its more than 1000-year-old teaching and meditation sites. « less
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Mandello del Lario, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

Like a secluded alpine village, reachable by cable car, it' s one of the tourist spots to be seen, and more important spend a night in one of the local monastery, it's a unique experience, specially if you are also vegetarian

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Mount Koya (Koyasan) is the center of Shingon Buddhism, a Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (aka Kukai), one of the most significant personalities in Japan's religious history. Over one hundred temples stand in the small town on top of the wooded mountain. Koyasan is one of the best places to experience a night... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

For us visiting Koyasan was worth while we were staying and actively participating in the activities of a temple. Otherwise I would not have visited Koyasan, it is too far for a short trip in Japan.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

To come here, the best way would be to purchase the Koyasan-World Heritage Ticket for 2860yen which will allow you to take the Nankai railway and cable tram to mount koya. It will also allow you to take unlimited bus rides for two days at Mount Koya. Do check out the transportation schedules for the the Trains, as the train... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This stop is a must, just after Tokyo and Kyoto in my view. An experience you wont find elsewhere to treck all the way out to Mount Koya and then sleep in one of the temples.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

One of the best things to do in Japan. The temples are maintained to a great standard and the place is oozing history, tradition and interesting stories.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We spent two weeks taking the bullet train all over southern Japan and this was my favourite bit of the holiday. The whole area can be covered in a full day but I'd suggest spending longer just to enjoy the setting as it will be the most relaxing you'll have experienced for a while. All the points of interest are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Mt Koya is a "not to be missed" experience in Japan. It's a deeply sacred and very historical site with countless shrines, temples and monasteries, some dating back to the 10th century. There are also hundreds of cedar trees that are 500-800 years old and also ancient cypress trees and a 500-year old cherry tree that is magnificently full of... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

While in Osaka I decided to take 1 day trip to Koyasan. My decision was based on excellent reviews (and pictures) of the place. At Namba (Nankai railway counter) (Osaka) I bought the Koyasan-World Heritage Ticket – I took the slower train and so the ticket was 2860yen. When buying the ticket you will also receive a map of Koyasan... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Having been to Arashiyama, Nara and Kyoto, I thought Koyasan would be like that. Temples in a serene setting, little traffic... So I was surprised at the size of Koyasan and the amount of traffic there was. It felt commercial, with all the paved roads, buses and cars. And while Odawara-dori had a lovely old-Japan feel and character (as well... More

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