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Koyasan Okunoin

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Address: 550 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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Might & Magic scenery

One of my favorite places in the world. It's like you get into a Might & Magic universe! Absolutely fantastic and nothing impressed me as much in the whole Japan.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of my favorite places in the world. It's like you get into a Might & Magic universe! Absolutely fantastic and nothing impressed me as much in the whole Japan.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Okunoin cemetery is some two kilometres away from the main temples of Koyasan and the best way to reach it is by having a car or taking part in a tour. The cemetery is impressive with massive cedar trees and small clothed stone statues - one obviously wearing some make up. In mid-March it was cold and raining cats and... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Not just a graveyard and temple, but also a place of offerings and dedications, we found this to be serene, maybe a little eerie in places, and quietly fascinating.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Moss-covered ancient stone towers and gravestones of many famous historical figures lined up the cobblestone avenue. After passing the 'Sweaty-Buddha' and the famous 'Well', you cross the bridge to the Mausoleum of Kobo Daishi Kukai.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

This was our favourite part of Koya-San and one of our favourite parts of our Japan trip. These 2kms of forest path between the thousands of stone stupas are just beautiful. It was very calm and peaceful and had a very spiritual feel to it. You must walk this path if you are in Koya-San.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

This was by far the highlight of my trip to Koya-san and that is saying something because it is an incredible place. The old-growth cedar surrounding this mesmerizing cemetery just escalates the experience to a whole new level. The shafts of light penetrating through the canopy in the early morning is a sight to behold. Must, must, must visit!

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Phuket, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

You cannot go to Koyasan without visiting Okunoin. It is incredible! Cemeteries in the West are considered morbid but in Japan it is not a sad place... it feels very warm and inviting. I walked through twice on my visit. The first around 10pm which was terrifying at first because it is not well lit at all so I recommend... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Billed as the most popular cemetery in Japan, we didn't know what to expect exactly. We'd read about some of the strange memorials in Okunion, as well as the incredibly important Kukai Mausoleum. But we didn't expect to fall in love with the place. By the way, there are relatively few bodies buried here. Mostly only hair or ashes or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Went on a night tour given by the temple lodging where I stayed. I'd recommend that to get a better understanding of the area and a unique vibe in low light. The only bad thing is that it's tough for photography unless you have a tripod.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

It's a nice, peaceful stroll into the main mausoleum. If you can be there at 6am or 1030am each day, you can witness the ritual where the monks serve food to Kobo Daishi.

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