We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Koyasan Daimon

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
Name/address in local language

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 125 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 6
  • 7
    Very good
  • 8
  • 0
  • 0
Just amazing

Its amazing to be here and see beautiful art and Shrine design.It is really quite nice to walk around places. It has one of newest building now.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2016
Atsugi, Japan

Similar Things to Do in Koya-cho

Add Photo Write a Review

125 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 21: English reviews
Beverly Hills, California
Level Contributor
20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Huge, old and imposing as it is, Daimon of Koyasan is not uncommon in temple/shrine/old wooden building-infested Japan. You have to try to imagine what it was like before the asphalt road. Daimon was built almost on the edge of steep slope. A structure this size normally sits on level ground. Thus, you may have some sense how pilgrims felt... More 

2 Thank mediocrite
Atsugi, Japan
Level Contributor
98 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Its amazing to be here and see beautiful art and Shrine design.It is really quite nice to walk around places. It has one of newest building now.

Thank VirendraYadav-2014
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

There is so much history. The inside of this temple is so ornate. It is also the main gate of Koyasan.

Thank gtkelly_11
Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Level Contributor
93 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This gate is the starting point for pilgrimage through Koya. It' about 25 m high and it's really impresive. You can't miss it.

Thank barbara_zNovaGorica
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

An awesome attraction located in the entrance to Koyasan. You will be doing a lot of walking in Koyasan where you will have the opportunity to visit a number of beautiful sites. This would definitely be a good starting point before making your way to the the temples, monasteries and the historical buildings in the region.

Thank Mike G
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
309 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

We walked from the town centre to the gate. Imposing structure about 27 meters high. Rebuilt in 1705 but now close to busy roads. We really walked here to go to the Otasuke Juzo which is accessed by a trail to the left of the gate. "You can have one wish granted" at this small temple.

Thank fishnguy
Lewiston, Maine
Level Contributor
81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Mt. Koyasan is the center of Shingon Buddhism and one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. If you decide to stay overnight at one of the temples you can experience the monk's life. What I mean is eating delicious vegetarian meals, reflecting on oneself and waking up for morning prayers. Visit the Daimon Gate which was the... More 

2 Thank Vahid R
Honolulu, Hawaii
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Begin or end a portion of the women's pilgrimage hiking route from the Daimon gate. Gentle uphill walk from one direction. The back side is a narrow root-bound trail, quite steep, but under lush forest.

Thank LindaJensen
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
141 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Its a very big gate, but that's almost it. There are two very large wooden statues guarding the gate, but not as impressive as those at Nara amongst others. The walk there is easy enough though, and the view form the edge of the mountain/hill is impressive

Thank The86Robsons
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Level Contributor
32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Although cool and beautiful, it's just a gate. In fact, it's not even built at the same time as many of the other temples, but rather as a later addition. Also, on the map it looks close, but it's actually quite a walk. Definitely take the bus if you want to see it.

Thank George C

Travelers who viewed Koyasan Daimon also viewed


Been to Koyasan Daimon? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Koyasan Daimon staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?