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Mount Koya

Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
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As featured in Daytrips from Osaka and 1 other guide
Ranked #2 of 18 attractions in Koya-cho
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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Sorrento Western Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We are on our first visit to Japan and only staying in Osaka for 3 nights which we had booked. Then we discovered Koyasan! Having read some recent posts encouraging a 1 day trip if an overnight stay was not possible, we purchased the World Heritage ticket which covered all transport to and from. We caught the 9am express from... More

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Mt. Koya is a beautiful small village in the mountains outside of Osaka. It's an easy train ride from Namba station, then cable car ride to catch the bus into town. The town is easy to walk and has a park area with historical temples that you can either pay to go in, or walk the area for free. We... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I didn't go to Mount Koya the first time I went to Japan because of all the posts here. You had to take a train to a bus to a cable car to a bus, you had to stay overnight, you had to stay at a temple where it's $350 for a shared bathroom and you get up at 4... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Awe inspiring town steeped in Japanese history and culture. I loved all the beautiful temples and the peaceful nature of this quaint place. Be sure to stay in a ryokan lodging run by monks for the full experience! The okunoin cemetery, the temple complex & meditation class run by monks is a must do!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

While staying in Osaka, I purchased a ticket for around 2700 yen, which includes round trip transport to Koyasan. It takes anywhere from 2.5 to 3 hours to get out there from Osaka, and involves a lot of transfers, but its relatively easy. I got there with no Japanese language skills whatsoever. The trip there is part of the fun,... More

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Bern
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The first morning I woke up to new snow and it was rather cold. And I not really prepared for it. But was it ever great to be on Koyo-san and to get the mystical feeling when walking along Okuno-in. If you love temples Koya-san is a must visit. And make sure to stay one night at one of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We were three friends, who travelled from Kyoto. It was a little long (3 trains and a cable car) but a beautiful journey. Visited the place in December, it was snowing but stunning ! It might be the most beautiful place in Japan and not much mentioned in the guide books. If you are heading to Japan, please keep aside... More

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Sao Caetano do Sul, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

It's an impressive place. The energy that surrounds it, mixing history, religion and tradition makes it a landmark in Japan. It's a 3-hour subway and train ride from Osaka or Kyoto, so you can do it in a day. Make sure to visit Okunoin Temple, Garan, Daishi Kyokai and Kongobuji Temple.

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S'pore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

After my trip to Wakayama Castle and Nachi Shrine and waterfall, I decided to make a detour back to Mt Koya. Apparently, this is even a more refreshing and stimulating journey. It was a raining day and the weather was fairly cold but the slow walk passing through the countless tombstones and memorial monuments to the Okunoin was really a... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I was initially concerned about the 2hr train/cable car ride from Osaka but the journey was pleasant and as you travel away from Osaka city its a totally different view. The 45 degree cable car ride was a treat. I loved the history of Koyasan and we were fortunate to experience a bit of snow when we were there in... More

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