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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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Mt Koya Day Trip from Osaka Including Okunoin and Danjo Garan Temples

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Impressive architecture

Konpon Daito ( Great Pagoda) was imposing. Once inside, it was peaceful and quiet. Buddha Mahavairochana is surrounded by 4 Buddhas and 16 bodhisattvas were painted on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 18, 2015
San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Konpon Daito ( Great Pagoda) was imposing. Once inside, it was peaceful and quiet. Buddha Mahavairochana is surrounded by 4 Buddhas and 16 bodhisattvas were painted on the pillars. It was supposed to resemble a three-dimensional mandalas of Shingon. Very impressive architecture. Excellent craftsman ship all around. This requires a 200 yen entrance fee which you deposit into a box.... More 

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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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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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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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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