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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
Fee: No
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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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Mt Koya Day Trip from Osaka Including Okunoin and Danjo Garan Temples
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Lovely mountain retreat

The trip to get there was really fun. The small train winds through the mountains. Beautiful scenery. Then a cable car for the last 3,000 feet up Mt. Koya. A step-on/step-off... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip to get there was really fun. The small train winds through the mountains. Beautiful scenery. Then a cable car for the last 3,000 feet up Mt. Koya. A step-on/step-off bus circles through the little town. Be sure to get a ticket in Osaka.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been travelling Japan for 12 days so left a lot of luggage and shopping in a locker at Osaka Station. When we got to Shin-Inimiya, we bought the world heritage return tickets. This covered trains and cable car to Koya Station and a 2 day bus pass around Koyasan and return travel the following day. With a small... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Although it took us almost 6 hours from Tokyo to go there, the trip was still very worthwhile. I wish we had two days there but we only booked 1 night at Sojiin. We booked quite late so it was very expensive. Lots of temples there and you can visit a number of them. Being high in the mountain the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

Quite a long way to see nothing extraordinary. Ok Okunoin cemetery is old but that's it. If you want a day trip from Osaka in April, go Mt. Yoshino instead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

We visited this small, historic temple town for 2 reasons. First, to experience a shukubo or temple lodging (stayed 1 night in Rengejo-in) and secondly to visit Okunoin cemetery. There are separate reviews on both here in TA. We especially loved the walk in Okunoin located in a lush mountain forest. It's captivating and eerie at the same time strolling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

It took 4 hours to get to Koyasan from Kyoto and with August heat it was very unpleasant trip but what an enchanting place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Koyasan was the highlight of our trip. The town itself is full of beauty. It is tuly the holiest place in Japan where you will feel peace and tranquility. As I get in and walk in the old temples it made me cry because i felt like a princess transported back in time. I would love to go back in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

The village itself is nice with good food and plenty of temples. Getting up and down is a bit of a faff but that's part of the charm. We stayed in a Buddhist temple for a night which was *awesome* if a little expensive. There is a massive graveyard by a famous shrine which is a stunningly beautiful place. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

I was a little reticent about going here as a friend wasn't so thrilled about it. However, I loved it. Travelled on my own via train and the fernicular railway. That was magic in itself! The last part of the train trip was also great, winding through the forests. I stayed at Ekoin Temple. Had a fabulous large room with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

I'd heard a lot about Koyasan - one of the highlights of Wakayama. And it seems to be very popular with Buddhists from all countries, but there's not a huge amount of interest for the non-spiritual among us. The cemetery was the highlight with its unusual gravestones, but it wasn't worth coming here as a day trip from Osaka.

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