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Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Wooden temples hidden among the trees, mist-covered mountains...
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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Touristy but still worth it.

even the journey to get there by train and then the cable car and then bus is worth it. Just to think in the mountains area is a plateau bit enough to build so many temples. It is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

even the journey to get there by train and then the cable car and then bus is worth it. Just to think in the mountains area is a plateau bit enough to build so many temples. It is amazing. Even though it has got a road now and with that many buses and tour groups. It is still good. Just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

You are a good way from Osaka here, so expect a journey of a couple of hours (2 trains and a cable car, then a taxi or bus ride) to get there, but there is a lot to see when you are there. Try and stay in a temple for the experience, you can choose the degree of comfort and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I had a pleasant day trip at Koyasan. It takes time to get here from Osaka, but its worthwhile. After arriving at the Koya Station, just follow the bus to get to the center of this small town. Watchout for Tokugawa Mausoleum en route. Some shops and restaurants for lunch. Then continue following the route to the temples and Daimon... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Overall I enjoyed a trip to Koyasan because it was nice to get out of the city. There isn't heaps to do there, other than walking or temples, but there's not much to do in Osaka either

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We spent one night in Fudo-in and snow fell at night. The whole place was covered with snow the next day as we toured around. One of the highlights of my Japan trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

It took almost 2 hours to get here from Osaka Shinimamiya station (took the regular Koya line) but it was worth it even if I only went for the day. Though it was raining and very cold, it added to the general atmosphere of the place. I also appreciated the absence of hordes of tourists when I visited. I got... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The whole Town of Koyasan was literally dead cold in midwinter. Most shops were shut even in midday. It was snowing blizzard, we were feeling bitter cold and hungry but could not find any restaurants open along the streets for miles... there are many temples and museums in Koyasan with beautiful architecture and rich history. Most tourists come here to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I was surprised how much I loved Koyasan. I'd heard about it and thought it sounded like any other mountain town, with a few more temples. But it is incredibly lovely, and I can't wait until I can go again. The transport up to the mountain is seamless (of course), even though it sounds like a mission. We got the... More 

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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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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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