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Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 736-56-2011
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Buddhist mountain retreat

A town full of temples! Wow1 Make a pilgrimage to the grave of Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A town full of temples! Wow1 Make a pilgrimage to the grave of Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Mount Koyasan on 15 Nov 2016 at the peak of Autumn. The place was stunning under the golden, red and yellow maple leaves. The Shrines and Temples are beautiful. It is really pleasant to walk around the little town. Weather was prefect when I was there though I hope for more sunshine. I wish I had arrived earlier... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful temple and nature on mountain with many place to visit. You can have a peaceful walk along there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eko-in, an active temple with peaceful courtyards and rooms. The monks offer special events like a night walk through Okuno-in and a meditation class. The morning service is only for guests so book in to experience this. Kōya-san in autumn is stunning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I realise this sounds creepy, but I highly recommend visiting the cemetery there. It is probably one of the most interesting places in Japan. It has great light for photography, and you can come across amazing natural sights like snakes and butterflies. The tombstones themselves are out-of-this-world, and remind you that you are in Japan. A giant coffee cup, a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To arrive at mount Koya we got a train to Hashimoto because we had a JR pass. From there get a local train to Gokurakubashi station on the Nankai line. From this station, the Koyasan (Mount Koya) cable car will take you to the Koyasan stop for 390 yen for a 5-minute journey. Once off the cable car, you will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So, so quaint and beautiful. Absolutely loved it. In autumn the colours are amazing! The temples are a gorgeous selection of brightly painted and modestly plain. The Cemetery is stunning! And everything is within walking distance of everything else. A nice little township offers restaurants and souvenirs. Ryokan (simple traditional Buddhist housing) accomodation experiences can be found throughout the mountain... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was 13 degrees Celcius when we visited Mt. Koyasan. If not for the wonderful autumn color, I would have asked my daughter and son-in-law to head back home. It was worth all my effort at withstanding the autumn wind - all for the wonderful autumn colors. But I should have brought thicker jacket and shawl! :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was Koyasan in middle of Oct. It was a beautiful small town. This town was very different from other places in Japan. Early morning in Okunoin was most special part of my visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

We visited Koya for a 1 night (mid October) experience which I believe is the common package. We stayed at Rengenjoin which was beautiful but rather expensive (~30,000¥). There is no real alternative for dining in the village so you better book with dinner and breakfast. Great experience for those who don't mind sleeping on futons and eating on the... More 

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