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Mount Koya

Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
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Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Koya-cho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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...
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Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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 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.
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Interesting town, a lot of history, atmospheric cemetery, bit of a trek to get there (but an adventure in itself)

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Takes a little while to get here by train, but the journey is worth it. You will be immersed in Buddhist and Shinto culture and ritual. Go in autumn, when the leaves are changing colour, but dress for cold weather! A really pretty, peaceful and interesting place.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed the train trip to Koyasan, liked the temple accommodation, loved walking the okunoin cemetery, I am interested in Buddhism but I found the experience disappointing because there were no activities to participate in. At the minimum some sort of meditation sessions should be warranted in such a location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We went to Kōyasan in April 2013 - and absolutely loved it. It was very very cold still at that time and it even snowed. Apart from the first arrival there is no need for buses, we walked everywhere and found this to be a truly beautiful place. The temple we stayed in served the most amazing vegetarian food (we... More 

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

A walker’s temple town Mount Koya can be walked from end-to-end in about 2 hours. You really don’t need to ride a bus as the attractions are close to each other and you can plan to visit your favorite scenic spots accordingly. All the main attractions are within 2.5 miles (~4 km)

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We enjoyed visiting temples and an unforgettable walk through the absolutely amazing cemetery on a misty November afternoon.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The best thing is the lack of crowds unlike in the Kyoto and Osaka. I came here on 1st November 2014 to see the autumn leaves and it was worthwhile, although not spectacular.

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Kurashiki, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

There is so much to see in this gorgeous, peaceful, historic town. I recommend devoting a day so that you can see everything that you want without rushing. This town is like going back in time, and if you're interested in Buddhism, you can arrange to spend time with monks and spend the night. I highly recommend getting the bus... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The best way to get to Koyasan is by using the Nankai Electric Railway. Nankai Electric Railway offers a set ticket called the “Koyasan World Heritage Ticket” which includes a discounted round-trip train ticket to Koyasan, a two-day free bus pass for use in Koyasan and discount tickets for souvenirs and attractions. It takes approximately 90 minutes from Osaka Namba... More 

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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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