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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
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Helsinki, Finland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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Peregian Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

The main interest of Koyasan is the authentic temple lodgings and their unique Buddhist vegetarian food (Shojin Ryori). You can read my review of the Hoonin temple. It is easy to book in advance by Internet. The train ride is also worth it but, when you arrive with the funicular, there is no trail to continue on foot to the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

The train ride up the mountain with pine trees and deep valleys with rivers was lovely. Once you get to Koyasan it's just a regular town full of tacky trinket shops selling plastic beads and plastic Buddhas. The town is not picturesque as you would expect of a holy centre. A small town like any other in a shallow valley... More 

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