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Mount Koyasan

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Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
Phone Number:
+81 736-56-2011
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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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Gorgeous rural mountain village and sacred site

Stunning views, a variety of temples and also a few odd little shops, and very few cars! Take a day and a night out for this if you spend much time in cities.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stunning views, a variety of temples and also a few odd little shops, and very few cars! Take a day and a night out for this if you spend much time in cities.

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Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I hiked mt Koya starting from hashimoto. That was amazing experience in jungle with nobody around the whole 24 km to the gate. I took choishi mishi pilgrimage rout. , since it was snowing and was very cold steps a bit slow and took longer time than normal ; the whole road is 24km if I'm not mistaken and it's... More 

1 Thank Niloo A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Koyasan is the heart of Japanese Buddhism, sitting at the top of the Mountain is a very small town filled with temples, small restaurants and the great cemitery where Kobo Daishi rests. If you plan on going to Koyasan you should stay at a local temple with ryokans (japanese rooms), eat buddhist food and pray with them in early morning.... More 

Thank Belela25
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I traveled there from osaka by car and treated it as day trip. It took around 2.5 to 3 hours car ride one way. I would suggest to stay there for a night so that you have more time to explore the place. There are a few unesco temples in koya-san, which makes it a good place to visit. This... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Is a amazing cemetery, have a lot Mini temple and catacumbs. Famous company's have a place for your employees. Beautiful view and peace for spirit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Make this UNESCO World Heritage Site part of your trip to Japan. It is such a beautiful place to visit, so very calm and spiritual. We arrived at around 3pm and had enough time to visit the Garan Temple Complex and the Reihokan Museum before heading back to our temple lodgings. The next morning after our Sutra Ceremony we visited... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first trip to Japan I didn't make it to Koya-san but after hearing about a friend's experience and seeing some incredible photos I was sure to have it at the top of the list for my second visit. There is so much to see and experience. It is a quaint, spiritual, and charming place that coaxes a slower, relaxed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

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 31 December 2016

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 13 December 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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