We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mount Koyasan

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
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.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
$190*
and up

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 297 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 203
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rural place with gorgeous temple and spooky cemetery

* Rural place * nice scenery and surounding * gorgeous temple * spooky cemetery when you do the night walk recomended

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
Suriaty C
,
Medan, Indonesia
Add Photo Write a Review

297 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Medan, Indonesia
Level Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

* Rural place * nice scenery and surounding * gorgeous temple * spooky cemetery when you do the night walk recomended

Was this review helpful? Yes
State of Sao Paulo
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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!!!!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Level Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Oki-gun, Shimane, Japan
Level Contributor
117 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Auburn,CA
Level Contributor
78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Level Contributor
83 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Mount Koyasan also viewed

 

Been to Mount Koyasan? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Mount Koyasan

Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Wakayama Prefecture  >  Ito-gun  >  Koya-cho

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Mount Koyasan and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Mount Koyasan staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?