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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
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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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Beautiful place. Enjoyed the train ride and the mountains. The weather was so favourable with misty clourds passing through us.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The town is full of beautiful old temples but the tourist stuff detracts especially as it makes it feel very transactional. We stayed at a temple (sekishoin) which was kinda dirty and they were rude. Other temples may be nicer though (it was the last one available) Would definitely recommend the graveyard and mausoleum though (we went at twilight) and... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place. Enjoyed the train ride and the mountains. The weather was so favourable with misty clourds passing through us.

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Lewiston, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Mt. Koyasan is the center of Shingon Buddhism and one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. If you decide to stay overnight at one of the temples you can experience the monk's life. What I mean is eating delicious vegetarian meals, reflecting on oneself and waking up for morning prayers. Visit the Daimon Gate and Okunoin. Both... More 

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Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is a fantastic place. It hosts almost 200 temples in a short 3 km radius and each one is a special place to visit. Almost 60 temples also offer the opportunity to stay the night. I can highly recommend it

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Koyasan is not as popular as Kyoto or Tokyo, but it's worth to see. After all temples and chrines you can see in Japan there's a moment that you think that nothing can surprise you. Then go to Koyasan. It's lovely, breathtaking, spiritual. One day is enough to see the most important places. But when you leave that place you... More 

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Chappaqua, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This was the highlight of our trip to Japan. We stayed in an amazing room at Souji-in Temple. We visited the cemetery twice as someone on Tripadvisor had recommended. We took a walking tour at night conducted by a monk from the Eko-in Temple and then went back in the morning to explore. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a touch off the beaten track and worth it for a two night stay to balance seeing just modern Japan. If you want to understand more about Buddhism, or just see beautiful buildings (not all old given they keep burning down and getting rebuilt) or just be quiet then this is the place. By 9pm the place is... More 

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Medan, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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

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State of Sao Paulo
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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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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

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