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Mount Koyasan

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Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
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+81 736-56-2011
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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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A once in a lifetime experience

We went to the Mount Koya and we stayed one night in a temple, we enjoyed this so much, that I can't describe! Koya san has some strolls you can do, also a few shops to visit and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Mount Koya and we stayed one night in a temple, we enjoyed this so much, that I can't describe! Koya san has some strolls you can do, also a few shops to visit and some little restaurants. The walking inside the forest, to reach the mausoleum, was amazing, you pass by lots of graves and you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do check for special Mt Koya package (cable car, bus rides on Koya san) at the train stations. We got ours at Tengachaya Station and it included the train tickets back to Osaka. If you are heading there from Osaka, do start out early. Temperature on Koya San is alot chillier then Osaka, do gear up. On the day we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Visiting Koyasan is a magical experience. Make sure you follow the walking trails and visit the temples. I would highlight Okunoin, the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of one of Buddhist's sects. If you have the opportunity, spend a night at a Temple (Temple Lodging is quite common at Mt Koya but I think it's best if you book... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

We loved seeing the autumnal colours on the trees in Koyasan in November. There's so much to see in the area. Visited Okunoin by bus, while we were waiting for our room to be ready. In particular, we saw Gobyo-bashi bridge and Kobo Daishi Gobyo (Mausoleum of Kobo Daishi). Fascinating area. After wandering around and visiting the magnificent mausoleum, we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

A must see incredibly beautiful spiritual and unique place. It is not a cheap experience when you stay in a temple accommodation overnight but worth every dollar you spend. If you are traveling to Japan, make sure to allocate a day or two to Koyasan. You will not regret it and the experience will be with you for a lond... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

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 November 21, 2016

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 November 20, 2016 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 November 19, 2016

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 November 14, 2016

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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