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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 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Let me start by saying that visit to Koyasan is very much doable in one day. In fact, for a one day trip, it was very easy to pull it through. How-to steps at the end of this review. We started the day with a limited express train from Osaka, which you can get from JR Namba Station 2F. No... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Japan has many interesting places to see . After the usual Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima , Fuji san, Kamakura, Miyajima , a good and interesting experience is a overnigth at mount koya and see why the japanese go there for about 1200 years

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