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Koyasan Okunoin

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Koyasan Okunoin

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550 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun 648-0211 Wakayama Prefecture
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Kishu Experience! Overnight stay at Kisho with Koyasan tour and Kishu peninsula!

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The Nanki/Kishu area is a beautiful area, not too widely toured by foreign visitors. With the itinerary and the scenic drive, it is a combination that is quite unforgettable. The itinerary can be adjusted as necessary and stops requested along the way. Please feel free to request any changes at any time.
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AkitDezem wrote a review Jul 2020
Osaka, Japan37 contributions2 helpful votes
Peaceful...Impressive!! It’s our second visit there (the first was in 2011) and worth every step across this Buddhist sacred place!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Komator wrote a review Apr 2020
Barcelona, Spain650 contributions156 helpful votes
Okunoin Cemetery is really impressive, big, with history. We did the night visit and I thought that it's not worth paying to have a guide. They explain you things, but nothing you can't know taking a guide. Plus, if you're on your own, you can stop and go as you wish. In any case, it's big, impressive, with tons of tombs.. to me, it's Koyasan's highlight.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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travelerscal wrote a review Feb 2020
Sacramento, California1,208 contributions82 helpful votes
The place is a combination of culture and nature. The graves are located in the midst of old cedar trees covered with the moss. The scenery is unbelievable! The impressions of the day and night visits are completely different. Both must be experienced. Plus, during the day, you can visit the mausoleum with hundreds of lanterns. The night tour is a bit spooky and it's kinda an adventure to wander around with a monk there. But it has a definite charm. if you can't do both,I'd recommend a daytime. Going only at night,you'll completely lose all drama of nature.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Optimist12345959 wrote a review Feb 2020
Australia17 contributions9 helpful votes
I would hate to see this wonderful and spiritual place taken over by busloads of tourists after having seen it. I only found it because it was listed in the Loney Planet book and I was so taken by its description. It would interest spiritual travellers who would pay it the respect it deserves. We visited in Winter. Think snow, huge cedar trees, moss covered sites, pure silence and minimal tourists - just pure beauty. I really think the people resting there are in peace. My husband and I were virtually alone for the most part but Okunoin was alive. A very heavy and peaceful feeling that we were visiting many people that had passed. Outside of Okunoin are a multitude of temples. We visited in February and were there by 10am. It was on the last day of our trip to Japan. Wow, wow, wow...What a finish to a wonderful trip. If you have time, spend a night and see it over two days. Thank you Koyasan. I will return x
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Date of experience: February 2020
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ggm wrote a review Feb 2020
Honolulu, Hawaii1,413 contributions49 helpful votes
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A place to let your soul re-awaken. Having last stayed in a monastery here 19 years ago, before it was added to the World Heritage list, I was apprehensive about returning, having heard of busloads of noisy tourists overunning everything, but it defies defilement; one of the world's truly sacred spaces. Early morning and dusk are the best time to visit, early there are monks chanting, at dusk as the shadows fall the 200,000 tombs of the cedar forest begin to stir quietly.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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