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Garan

Koyacho, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #4 of 19 attractions in Koya-cho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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London, United Kingdom
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173 reviews 173 reviews
170 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Impressively vibrant temple in classic japanese style. The inside is as magnificent as the outside, with a colossal gold statue of Buddha inside. Stunning architecture and beautifully intricate paintings inside on the pillars. Unfortunately, not allowed to take pictures inside.

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Singapore
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

This was a great place to start our day trip to Koyasan - which is well worth the train / cablecar / bus to get there. Beautiful collection of temples, atmospheric forest, and easy to wander around. Good if you can find shoes that are comfortable for walking, and easy to slip off and on for visiting the inside of... More

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Worldwide
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536 reviews 536 reviews
247 attraction reviews
514 helpful votes 514 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The area is impressive. Too bad that one of the impressions is of commercialism - with admission charges to some building interiors. I am happy to donate at designated donation boxes. But when one wants to charge an admission fee for a "religious" or "spriritual" (sic) site, I take that as an indication that it is intended for others. Those... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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316 reviews 316 reviews
84 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

I was very impressed with this complex of temples. Different styles, different colors and different ages. In fact, they are building a new one (right at the street which leads to west side / daimon). The red stupa is easiest the biggest eye-catcher. Come back at dusk to marvel at it lit up against a blue night sky (the stupa... More

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Male
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The main red temple is an amazing Stupa. I have been all over Asia and seen many but this one is of a special kind. It's one Buddha and another four on the side and behind....all gold....amazing place and vibe.

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Hong Kong
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64 reviews 64 reviews
5 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Just like many other UNESCO sites in Japan, Mount Koya is tranquil and peaceful. The Garan is the centre of religious activities and features a few distinctive structures. Especially memorable would be the West Tower, which only opens in selective times of the year. The Garan is accessible by buses, which departs from the railway station at about 30-min intervals.... More

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Canberra
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136 reviews 136 reviews
42 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Another un-missable site in Japan - the wonderful Kongobu-ji and the Danjo Garan and just marvellous and spiritual places of great beauty.

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Akashi, Japan
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76 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

While I've seen taller stupas in Japan, this one is amazingly beautiful and wasn't overrun by tourists. The paint was still bright and the carvings were crisp. There were English signs which explained the details of the building. It's definitely worth them easily ¥500 you'll pay to go inside!

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Cairns, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Take time to wander as it is only then that you see things. It is fascinating. A great bakery as you walk on the western side of the temple complex. "Kabo" is on the left. Daimon Gates spectacular view and I would go there at sunset. The graveyards are fascinating.

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Toronto, Canada
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111 reviews 111 reviews
70 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

This is sort of like a living museum without the actors. Lots of great buildings and pretty good labels to explain things. The overall site is free but you have to pay 200 yen each to see two of the buildings. The stupa is well worth 200 yen, particularly if you haven't seen many stupas. Few stupas are built for... More

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