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Mount Koya

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Address: Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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+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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Mt Koya Day Trip from Osaka Including Okunoin and Danjo Garan Temples
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Osaka trip

It's a trek from Osaka and you can't use the JR Pass on the rail line from Osaka Namba When you finally arrive it's a cable car to go up and then a bus . We paid around 5800 yen... read more

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Walton On Thames
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a trek from Osaka and you can't use the JR Pass on the rail line from Osaka Namba When you finally arrive it's a cable car to go up and then a bus . We paid around 5800 yen for two tickets from Osaka that includes a bus pass and 20 percent off Temple prices . It's a long... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really really nice place,you have to visit when you will be near Osaka, way takes about 3hours and return train from tengachaya station 2800yen, I slept in Buddha temple and if you want to try it too, i can recommend it, but you have to book in advance because of price of room, it's better for two people.everytime you pay... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

.. but we should have planned better and stayed overnight so we could experience the temple stay, do more hiking and visit more thoroughly. We started our trip before nine from Namba Station taking the Nankai train with reserved seating, spacious and comfortable. We are essentially budget travellers but highly recommend upgrading the ticket to reserved seat, very much worth... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was not an easy journey to reach here but it's definitely worth it. I was there for one night only so I couldn't go to a lot of places. Will recommend 3 days 2 nights. Do stay in a Buddhist temple for a different experience.

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Laguna Beach, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a trek to get here, that said it was well worth it. We stayed one night in a shukubo. We ate dinner in a private room and woke up for the morning meditation. The temple experience was truly once in a lifetime and well worth the effort. Walking through Okunoin was so unlike anything I have ever done before.... More 

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Paso Robles, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out-of-the-way and at a relatively high elevation, this is a unique place to visit, particularly if you can arrange to stay overnight in one of the Buddhist monasteries. Numerous historic structures and a very atmospheric cemetery.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We planned our trip to Japan around the cherry blossom season. When I first saw photos of Koyasan's Okunoin, I was interested but after reading it was filled with tombstones, I thought it wasn't such a good idea. But a few days before we were to depart for Japan, I decided I didn't want to miss out on this place,... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Deep forest lined with gigantic trees populated with endless history. Ku Kai's resting place. Sacred mystery with a welcoming smile as large as the trees. Koyasan is not merely a site to visit; it is a life event.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

We visited Koyasan as the first step in hiking the Kumano Kodo and it was an appropriate place to do so, being the origin of Shingo Buddhism. Getting there from Osaka involved a couple of hours on the train, another short train ride up part of the mountain and then a bus. We chose to get off the bus before... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a very serene place to visit in Japan. It does take a little effort to get there. But certainly worth it. The temples and shrines are some of the prettiest ive seen and for me the cemetry was a highlight. Very tranquil and in a beautiful setting. Certainly worth the visit. I did a day trip but many... More 

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