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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Mt. Koya on Nov. 1 and stayed a Ekoin temple overnight, a lost night of sleep (see my Ekoin review). But it's worth taking a day trip from Osaka...the cemetery is interesting and the big temple as well, especially with fall colors. Koyasan...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My Koya is simply beautiful. Plenty of great temples to visit. We was lucky another to be there in Autumn when all the leaves on the trees was changing colour.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here during the candle festival: there were many tourists like us so we can't enjoy it at the maximun due to the many people. Anyway Koyasan is a place to visit, there are many temples (similar to all the other Japanese temples). I...More

1  Thank Amrod_x
Reviewed 21 September 2018

We took the train from Kyoto and enjoyed the trip very interesting on the last leg as you climb a very windy railway line with interesting views to the station and then take the cable car. We were then taken by bus to the town....More

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Reviewed 29 August 2018

This is a nice temple complex with different temples in different styles. It is a nice forest to walk through. The red main temple is beautiful. There is a small white temple which is also very special.

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Reviewed 28 August 2018

A bit of a disapppointment. Not really much to see - in a couple of hours you're more than done, including moving from one attraction to another - and not enough to justify the trip and the cost from Kyoto. A few temples, that cannot...More

1  Thank Goldbaer62
Reviewed 19 July 2018

The whole area here is peaceful with beautiful plants and amazing temples. Fantastic for a walk around and a great place to visit between cities.

1  Thank JWalker610
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Many old and interesting temples, statues and historical artefacts to investigate. You'll need strong legs, water and a camera in order to fully experience this area.

2  Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Saviour the contemplative atmosphere of the wonderful temples and the shrines of the location, Peaceful walks available.

1  Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 28 May 2018

We did it as a day trip and it was perfect, easy and amazing! I read everywhere that you have to stay there in a monastery to enjoy it, and that is the only way to do it. Not true. It is possible to get...More

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Response from Shirley T | Reviewed this property |
I use the website for public photos transport “Jorudan” I google “jorudan english” and then searched for koyasan - NOT koya as San led mountain. It will point you exactly where you need to go
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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