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Mount Koyasan

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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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Lovely serene spot for a night

We have just returned from a day and a night up at Koya-San and we really enjoyed ourselves. The trip was fun, the streets were cute and the walk through the cemetery was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We have just returned from a day and a night up at Koya-San and we really enjoyed ourselves. The trip was fun, the streets were cute and the walk through the cemetery was a Japanese highlight. It's quite an expensive adventure when you're staying the night but we would recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Having visited this mountain abode during its 1200th anniversary, we felt an extra special connect to the energy of this place. Though small in terms of area, the town offers many ancient and beautiful shrines and temple lodgings. The Okunoin cemetery is the highlight with over 2 lakh statues. The Kongobuji and nearby temples too are magnificently detailed. Staying in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This was a highlight of my recent trip to Japan. If you like tranquility this is the perfect place to relax after staying in a big city. It is remote, traditional, and very spiritual. Stay overnight in a temple so that you can enjoy the full experience. For us one day was enough time: arriving at 11am to find our... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We visited and stayed in a temple and felt it was quite commercial! The scenery was beautiful but the temples were not that welcoming. Not many places to have food unless you have food at the hotel/temple. The cable car ride to Mt Koya was awesome and so was the train ride, very scenic!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Instead of taking Nankai train, I took bus from Wakayama City to avoid the transfers of train and cable train to Koyasan, the round trip costs yen 3900 which is great, as the bus pick you up at the Hotel and bring you back at the door step. Very easy and relaxed travel, I would strongly suggest to spend one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

As my husband and I planned our trop to Japan, we had it as a must to go to Mount. Koya. We had heard that you could stay in a Buddhist temple, wake up to prayers, drums, and fire.. how exciting! So, we started doing the search on how to get there. Everywhere we looked, it said that you cannot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Visited Mt Koya on 15-16 March 2015, the train ride up the mountain was scenic. Very nice peaceful quiet little town at the top of this sacred mountain (off peak period when we were there). Weather was nice and cool, lots of shukubo (temple lodgings), we stayed at the beautiful and serene Fudoin Temple. Nice walk around the town area... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

An interest in Buddhism, Japanese history or art would be a prerequisite for enjoying a visit to Koyasan. The cemetery on the approach to the mausoleum is amazing and at the opposite end of town the massive gate is impressive for such a tiny place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I can honestly recommend this one day trip (or even stay) from Osaka or other place. With the World heritage Koyasan pass now till 21th May 2015 for foreign tourist (passport must be shown when buying) on sale for 1200 JPY, about 65% off celebration 1200th anniversary. What a great price as this includes return train (for rapid express) direct... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

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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