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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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Stay overnight at a temple lodging !

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Cairns, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whilst visiting with my daughter who teaches English in Osaka, we visited Mount Koyasan. A wonderful experience and eye opener of the extraordinary craftsmanship of the superb wooden structures. A must-visit whilst in Japan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I visited Koyasan a few days ago. It definitely was on of the highlights of our Japan holiday. We took the train to Mt Koya from Namba Station on the Nankai line. The journey takes about two hours , approximately an hour and forty five minutes by train to Koya station and a fifteen minute ride in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

It is a bit hard to get to and the cable car almost vertical is quite daunting, but once you arrive, helpful staff tell you which bus stop to get off to get your Temple stay- ALSO a must do. Wonderful, very very quiet and calm spiritual place. Just be warned as you are calmly wandering around wanting to see... More 

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Great place to visit temples and have some time away. We are really glad we spent a night here. Good place to visit temples as they not busy. You really get flavour for monk lifestyle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

A good place to see the budist culture if you are interested. The village is run by the temples. Great temples,history and architecture. The village tour could be done on bike too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

My mother and I we went sleep one night in a temple which served vegetarian meal and had onsens. It was an interesting experience. During the day we went to visit the Okunoin's cemetary and shrine with a guide. It was amazing! At noon we stopped to eat a vegetarian meal in a restaurant (which I can't remember the name)... More 

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Atsugi, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I have just luckily read it about mount koya san and added this place in my tour list during Golden week period. It is really unforgettable place in my visited ones. I must want to go again here and enjoy beautiful and clean air in the clear night. It needs to take cable car from Gokurobashi station ~600 meter up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Koyasan is a sleepy village south of Osaka which is home to some spectacular scenery, particularly in winter. The journey involves a pleasant train ride, followed by a spectacular funicular up the side of a very steep mountain, culminating in what feels like a perilous bus ride along a winding, narrow track to the town. Within the town, there isn't... More 

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