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“Stay overnight a must”
Review of Mount Koyasan

Mount Koyasan
Ranked #2 of 64 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.
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Visited April 2014. So beautiful and peaceful at this time of year. Accommodation at Shukubo Saizen-in a Monastery was way beyond expecations - warm, comfortable and the Buddhist vegetarian cuisine was just great. So much to see and take in at this small mountain village it deserves an overnight stay.

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Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

We are on our first visit to Japan and only staying in Osaka for 3 nights which we had booked. Then we discovered Koyasan! Having read some recent posts encouraging a 1 day trip if an overnight stay was not possible, we purchased the World Heritage ticket which covered all transport to and from. We caught the 9am express from Nankai Namba and left Koyasan around 4pm for the return journey. We had enough time for a peaceful stroll around the many sites and a delicious meal at a small restaurant along the street. Got home a little tired and very happy we had made the journey :)

4  Thank PAB048
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Mt. Koya is a beautiful small village in the mountains outside of Osaka. It's an easy train ride from Namba station, then cable car ride to catch the bus into town. The town is easy to walk and has a park area with historical temples that you can either pay to go in, or walk the area for free. We chose to walk the area and look at the beautiful scenery. We stayed at a Buddist Temple, Shojoshin-in. The stay included an evening meal and breakfast which was delicious. Being an older couple, we reserved the private suite, which didn't cost much more than an individual room, but gave us a private bath and more space. The temple is located right next to the best attraction in Mt. Koya, the Okunoin which is a huge graveyard. The Okunoin is listed as a UNESCO site and is amazing. You can walk for an hour and still not see it all. There are beautiful trees that line the pathway and lights for a night walk. If you can't stay overnight, it's worth a day trip just to walk through the tombs. Highly recommend the temple stay, the service was great, robes were required and provided for your private dinner. You are required to attend the morning prayer that began at 6:30, but worth getting up early for. Mt. Koya was one of the highlights of Japan.

4  Thank OUsooner13
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

I didn't go to Mount Koya the first time I went to Japan because of all the posts here. You had to take a train to a bus to a cable car to a bus, you had to stay overnight, you had to stay at a temple where it's $350 for a shared bathroom and you get up at 4 am, blah blah blah. Well, this is nonsense. We stayed in Osaka specifically to make a day trip to Mount Koya, and it was a highlight of our trip (if not my life). Getting there was easy: the transfers are quick and impossible to miss. The bus drops you at the unforgettable Ikuno-in, and from there it's a lovely, easy walk to other sites. We left after six or seven hours totally content. (Osaka was also pretty great: Dotonbori easily rivals Shibuya in excitement.)

20  Thank Rbrt N
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Awe inspiring town steeped in Japanese history and culture. I loved all the beautiful temples and the peaceful nature of this quaint place. Be sure to stay in a ryokan lodging run by monks for the full experience! The okunoin cemetery, the temple complex & meditation class run by monks is a must do!

5  Thank Zahid K
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