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Garan

Koyacho, Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Koya-cho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 45 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Honolulu
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242 reviews 242 reviews
79 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Buildings originally from the 800’s through modern times are in this complex. Some have been re-built. No entry fee to the grounds. Some buildings have fees.

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Oss, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful and serene places I had seen in Japan. Along with Okunoin Cemetery makes visiting Koya worthwhile.

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Kamakura, Japan
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14 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This and Okunoin are together the two 'must-sees' in Koyasan. Garan is the main temple complex and houses some very impressive Zen Buddhist displays. The buildings themselves are amazing both inside and out. Some have been rebuilt quite recently so in this way they lack that 'antique' vibe but they look the same as the old ones, which were burned... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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172 reviews 172 reviews
169 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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302 attraction reviews
606 helpful votes 606 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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344 helpful votes 344 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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40 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
5 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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53 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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