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“Great overnight trip from Osaka/Kyoto”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mount Koyasan

Mount Koyasan
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Mt Koya Day Trip from Osaka Including Okunoin and Danjo Garan Temples
Ranked #2 of 63 things to do in Koya-cho
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Sydney, Australia
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“Great overnight trip from Osaka/Kyoto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

We had a great overnight trip to Koya San from Osaka - It's a really beautiful spot.

The journey itself via train, cable car and bus was an adventure in itself and very scenic, and the town is small and easy to get around on foot once you arrive.

It's a beautiful small town full of temples and other traditional buildings and gardens to explore, and Oku-no-in Cemetery was a real highlight (make sure you walk all the way to the end of the path to the temple of lanterns, it's really something).

Highly recommend staying overnight at a temple (we chose Eko-In) for a fantastic experience and to enjoy the place in peace and quiet once all of the daytrippers have gone home.

Visited May 2013
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“Magical Mountains”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

If you are visiting the Kansai area in Japan, please, please put this on your list of things to do!! It is a beautiful village surrounded by mighty pine forests and just even the smell of the fresh mountain air is divine and good for the soul. Prepare to spend a full day here as there are just so many things to experience! Also be prepared for it to be a little cooler than Osaka as you are high up on the mountain. We also purchased the World herritage ticket from Nankai Namba which includes all your travel to and around mt. Koya plus return for a mere $32 AUS and also gives you discounts into some of the attractions. The museum was amazing with artifacts and statues dating back to around 800 ad. We had a lovely meal at one of the local cafes and walked mostly only catching the bus to get to the museum. By far the highlight was the cemetery which is overwhelming in size but I found the small statues fallen and forgotten and starting to grow into the bases of the trees the most interesting. There is just such immense history here and it's good to see that it's not being exploited. We went in early April which was lovely to see all of the spring flowers blooming but it was still 12 degrees C at Midday! Lastly, wear good walking shoes, warm clothes and enjoy!!

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is what you imagine when you think of what Japan must have been like centuries ago. Traditional, beautiful & peaceful

Visited April 2013
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Ein Bokek, Israel
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“very special place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

authentic beutifull old religious center of japan. great location on a mountain that can only be accesed by cable car.

Visited April 2012
Thank Gil M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

We loved this place and can't wait to return. Temples, gardens, tea ceremonies and peace.It's really very beautiful.

Visited February 2013
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