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Mount Koyasan

Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
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Mt Koya Day Trip from Osaka Including Okunoin and Danjo Garan Temples
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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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“the bus” (23 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
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"unique place"
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Reviewed today via mobile

Koyasan is a terrific place to visit. We stayed overnight at a Shukubo - Jokiin- Temple lodging which we all highly recommend. The village is reasonably compact so we walked everywhere. There’s an excellent bus service if you don’t feel like walking. Highly recommend visiting...More

Thank Geoff K
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a very imposing temple and well worth the visit. There are a few different buildings to see on the site so allow enough time.

Thank Dianne R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had not heard of Koya-san but a Japanese friend suggested we take a day trip there whilst staying in Osaka. It was easy to get to from Namba station (with an all in ticket) and involved two train journeys (one a beautiful alpine type...More

2  Thank weegietraveller
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Now that the train connection between Hashimoto and Gokurakubashi has been restored, Koyasan can be easily reached in just over an hour and a half from Namba ( Osaka), so no excuse to miss this seminal place. Though Japan rail pass does not fully cover...More

1  Thank Vineeth N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a mountain area with over 100 beautiful temples. There are also shops, information centre, restaurants and temple lodgings. It is very different from Kyoto, Nara, etc. It is like going back to old Japan and with much less tourists. There is frequent buses...More

Thank CelineBrussels
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the easiest place to get to but doable by JR, bus and car. The small town is effectively at the top of the mountain, its accessible up steep, long, roads winding up the wooded mountainside also by cable car. It is said to be...More

Thank DAVID V
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Mt. Koyasan takes a bit of extra travel, but it is well worth the effort. Because of its location it stills maintains a sense of a very old Japan. The temples are certainly interesting, but it is the mountain sides, the monastery and the spectacular...More

3  Thank dalehench
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

The hike commenced at the city gate and proceeded to climb vertically at a pretty decent and unrelenting rate. The peek contains the best views - one side right out of a Japanese landscape, the other a view back down to Koyasan. The climb down...More

Thank Mattingly_34
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The cemetery is by far the best part but bit disappointed with rest of town ..didn’t expect it to be quite so commercial On a wet March day it all seemed a bit shut down and grim

3  Thank JoLack2015
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Koyasan was a Must Visit during our trip to Japan. It took a bit of traveling and didn’t fall neatly into our itinerary but that was because I only wanted to stay at Ekion. 15 hours here was enough to do what we wanted but...More

1  Thank Lambretta101
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trak2000
4 April 2018|
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Response from Lambretta101 | Reviewed this property |
Unsure, it’s no hassle as all alternative connections run as if getting original.
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CelineBrussels
18 March 2018|
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Response from Saranger | Reviewed this property |
Our two suitcases (standard 22” rolling bag) were no trouble on the bus in Nov 2017. Others had larger bags. They were placed under the coach in the hold. Small bags were carried with us onboard. The only trouble you may... More
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Lin I
23 February 2018|
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Response from Saranger | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is seasonal and by the time you visit in April it will be updated with the 2018-2019season validity dates. Check the website closer to the end of March. We purchased the pass for our visit last November and... More
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