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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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A journey to the old and spiritual Japan

Misterious gardens in old temples. Huge cedars all around. Monks. Peace. This is Kōyasan. To make your journey more special stay overnight at a shukubo (temple's ryokan... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Misterious gardens in old temples. Huge cedars all around. Monks. Peace. This is Kōyasan. To make your journey more special stay overnight at a shukubo (temple's ryokan). Unforgettable!!!!!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Liked: A lot of history could be felt. Small area allows for thorough exploration. Opportunity to stay at a temple and eat their food is quite unique and worth a try. Dislike: Many tourists ruin the atmosphere. All the attractions cost a lot of money for very little to see. The bus comes less often than they'd like you to... More 

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Oki-gun, Shimane, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I have travelled around Japan to many temples, but this area was very impressive. Koya-san is a good town to walk around (and maybe take a bus up to Okunoin). There is English information for all the main sites.

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Auburn,CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The approach to the mountain by funicular sets the stage for something out of the ordinary. Mount Koya, or Koyasan, is Japan’s most important Shingon-Buddhist site, a World Heritage Site. A Buddhist monk, Kukai, established this mountain retreat, home to more than 100 temples, in the year 816. The mausoleum of Kukai is surrounded by the largest graveyard in Japan.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I enjoyed the cable car and part of the train ride there more than koya san itself. It's a nice place to get out of the cities but there are plenty of other options. If you have been to Kyoto and Nara and wish to see more temples, gravestones and trees then I would recommend here. I am sure the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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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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Address: Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Wakayama Prefecture  >  Ito-gun  >  Koya-cho

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