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Koyasan Danjo Garan

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Address: Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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This place is old and full of history. You will have the knowledge of Buddhist sects Shingon and how they persist for 1200 years.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
Sara Buri, Thailand
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Sara Buri, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This place is old and full of history. You will have the knowledge of Buddhist sects Shingon and how they persist for 1200 years.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We went here twice.. one in the night to see it in night lights. There were not a lot of people around and we could experience the space much more deeply. Then we also went in the morning to see it from inside. It's quite unique and beautiful from inside. The bells on the tower add to the experience of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

A great serene place for a nice stroll through out the temple complex with two storied pagoda which can be visited (on my visit, this part without any fee.) For other building there is entrance fee. Along with the Okunoin-mae area the best place on Mount Koya for me. Could be more tranquil if there were less tourist but still... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

very impressive, in a lovely area, many buildings, many Buddhas and many people. I wandered more to the back areas to the smaller buildings and shrines. The tour groups don't go there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is the birthplace of the Shingon Aesthetic Buddhism, with about 10 million members worldwide. Legend has it that this is where Kagon, the sect's founder, built the first temples. Only one original building remains, the rest have been replace at one time or another, but the structures here are interesting, beautiful and well kept. Very much worth a visit

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Quite an impressive collection of buildings. It was pleasant just walking around the site marvelling at all the structures. I was perhaps most impressed by the Konpon Daito Pagoda. The two storied Pagoda painted in red lacquer towered over all the other structures. You'd have to be at a distance just to be able to take a proper photo of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

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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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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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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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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