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Mount Koyasan

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Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 736562011
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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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Spiritual place I've ever visited

Probably most of people know here is a world heritage. You can visit here by using train(Nankai Line) or cars. What I can say is you can relax if you come to this place. You can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Probably most of people know here is a world heritage. You can visit here by using train(Nankai Line) or cars. What I can say is you can relax if you come to this place. You can have a cup of coffee at the cafe as well. But if you want to try Japanese cuisine, you may try though it costs... More 

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Falfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Koyasan was founded by Kobo Daishi as a Buddhist retreat more than 1000 years ago, and although much has changed in the meantime it is still a beautiful, restful place. As the final resting place of Daishi and the centre for Shingon Buddhism in Japan it is still governed primarily by the rhythms of buddhism on a day-to-day basis. While... More 

Thank ihaveshoos
Perth, Australia
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're debating whether or not to visit Koyasan on your Japan holiday, definitely do it - our night at a Buddhist temple here was the absolute highlight of our Japan trip. Although we were originally nervous about a temple stay in winter, having read reviews of lodgings with tiny heaters and cold rooms, we decided to take the plunge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip to Mount Koya can be done in a day and it's a wonderful adventure. From the train ride into the mountains, the short cable car ride, and all the great temples, shrines and graveyards, it's a great location. I went in January and there was snow on the all the shrines, temples, and graveyards and it added such... More 

Thank Andre C
Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We didn't hear much about this place before going, but this is definitely a must go! We book (I think it's the only way) our two nights stay through the Koyasan Tourist Association who assign you a temple to sleep in, and when we arrived there (April) it was snowing!! There were almost no tourist and the snow had just... More 

1 Thank Nic014s
Atherton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

To get the most out of Mount Koysan, travel up early, stay overnight in a temple and return next afternoon. This allows leisurely strolling along the streets and also enjoying an incredible stay with the monks. We stayed at Jimoy-in and were very pleased with it. It was like a Ryokan stay, with the option of observing morning prayers. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I join all the other reviewers encouraging you to go and visit, and most visitors will stay in a temple with the monks, as they offer most of the rooms. Choosing a temple is not easy, but then in the end most are nice. Stay long enough and go and explore the outskirts as well : try to find the... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Koyasan is a small town but rich in culture and has a very special atmosphere. It seems that once you set foot there time slows down and you feel you are lost in a spiritual world, you suddenly feel calmer wandering around temples and shrines. We stay one night in a temple lodge and basically the only guests there. We... More 

1 Thank Lihn T
Hiroshima, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

I recommend you read all the other reviews. We drove through the area because we were coming from other locations in the area. We got there an hour before closing, took some pictures, and realized, we just missed an authentic experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We visited Mt. Koya for one night during our 2 week trip to Japan. We stayed the night at the Shojoshin-in Temple with monks and it was a very nice experience. I would recommend a visit to Mt Koya only to those staying the night to experience a night in a Temple. It is too far out of the way... More 

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