Koyasan Okunoin
Koyasan Okunoin
4.5
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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chewat
Robertson568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a magical place. Wreathed in mists, full of history, gentle Buddhist lifestyle. The cemetery in the cedars is moving and lovely. The small town is beautiful and full of ancient temples and dwellings. We stayed in a monastery and enjoyed the vegetarian food and attended prayers.
Written 4 June 2024
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Okunoin Cemetery is really impressive, big, with history. We did the night visit and I thought that it's not worth paying to have a guide. They explain you things, but nothing you can't know taking a guide. Plus, if you're on your own, you can stop and go as you wish.
In any case, it's big, impressive, with tons of tombs.. to me, it's Koyasan's highlight.
Written 12 April 2020
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Charlie S
Victoria, Australia935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
An amazing place - well deserved of World Heritage Area listing. The is quite a variety of sizes and styles amongst the 200,000 gravestones and monuments, including some newer ones. The serenity of the forest is beautiful - make sure you walk all the way to the end.
Written 11 April 2023
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Ramadurai R
Nashville, TN148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Nice experience and our guide was extremely good. Such a rich tradition and was pleasantly surprised to see the details. The night time experience was surreal. We could hear the flying squirrels but did not get a chance to see them!
Written 2 November 2021
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JuanMao 卷毛
Shanghai, China75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
A long wide entrance with tall trees, and many lanterns. Special location and ambiance. The special thing is, and what immediately stands out are the company graves. Spacious, and beautiful tombs, all different, and some with special mosses.
This is definitely recommended!
Written 23 July 2023
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SanFranMan2000
San Francisco, CA193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016
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 the Adam's apple of the departed are placed here. I have to confess that my first feeling was like being in a Hayao Miyazaki film ("Spirited Away" perhaps). It was magical, feeling not simply of this world. The scale was impressive, set among magnificent, old cedar trees. The natural setting made me wish to have some of my ashes placed here too. It is not a morbid place at all, but instead, to me, a place of good intentions, of memorial, of connection between realms. The ubiquitous five-tiered stone monuments are highly symbolic. On one level they represent the five elements key to ancient spiritual thought; from base to top, earth, water, fire, air, space. Each also corresponds with a chakra center in the human body, culminating in the throat, where the vocal chords allow us to give sound to the sacred syllables of existence itself. You'll see offerings at the base of many monuments here, sometimes cigarettes, alcohol, and treats, but most often the Koyamaki (Japanese umbrella pine) tree branches. And the place isn't only wonderful in daylight. A monk friend of ours offers guided night tours, which you shouldn't miss. If you find my reviews helpful in any way, please encourage me with a helpful vote. Thank you, and meaningful travels!
Written 11 January 2017
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ihaveshoos
Thornbury, UK456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
When we booked into our accommodation at the Ekoin we were asked if we would like to take a guided tour through the cemetery at night with one of the monks. We only had a limited amount of time on Koya-san so we thought a late night tour would be a great way to make the most of it.

Koya was noticeably a few degrees colder than the cities that we had been staying in, so we had made sure to pack a couple of extra layers, and we needed them for our late night walk. Our guide, Nobu, collected us all together and then we took the long walk up to see Kobu Daishi in his sleeping tomb at the top of the mountain. Nobu was a fabulous guide, full of lots of information about the burial practices and religions of Japan, and his commentary was funny, insightful and easy to follow. While it is perfectly fine to walk through the cemetery by yourself on the evening, having a guide was really interesting, and I would recommend it.

The monks feed Kobu Daishi twice a day because they believe he is not dead, merely meditating, and as the founder of Shingon Buddhism he is treated with reverence and respect. With this in mind it is important to follow directions as you near his resting place (including not taking any photos!).

We didn't have time to revisit the cemetery in daytime, but seeing it at night was a lovely way to find out more about the Buddhists on Koya and religion in Japan in general. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Written 6 February 2016
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HPLIM
JOHOR BAHRU747 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
From Namba Station Osaka, we took the Nankai train to Hashimoto Station and then switched to another train to Gorukakubashi Station before taking the Nankai Koyasan Cable car to Koyasan. On the way, train passes through jungles, several small towns as well as plots of land cultivated with crops and persimmons. It was the persimmon season. So you could see persimmon trees bearing fruits everywhere. The journey took us about 2 hr 30 minutes. Koyasan is a World Heritage hill resort south of Osaka. From the Koyasan Station, there are buses to bring you to the various tourist spots round the hill resort. A one-day pass costs ¥840. However we didn’t buy the day pass due to some miss communication at the Nankai Rinka Bus office. From the Koyasan Guide Map, we noticed that from one tourist spot to another tourist spot, the maximum distance is 1.9 km. The rest are mostly less than 1 km. So it didn’t matter to us to take a walk. The only problem was the weather was very cold, near to 0oC! This hill resort must be a great retreat in summer. We stopped at the 6th station and began our walking trail. The three must-see recommended places are Okunoin, Kongobuji Temple and Danjo Garan Complex. So our first destination was Kongobuji Temple, which is the head-quarter of the Shingon Buddist sect. There are many old buildings inside the compound which covers over 165,000 sq. meters, many of which are old shrines. The Banryutei, one of the nation’s largest rock garden is also located inside the compound.
With the guide of the map, we proceeded to Danjo Garan Complex which houses the Konpon Daito pagoda which stands at 48m high in the centre. There are many other halls such as the Kondo and Miedo halls creating a solemn atmosphere. Finally we walked to Okunoin which is a 2 km path extending from Ichinobashi to Gobyo. The most astounding feature at this place are the over 200,000 gravestones of daimyo(feudal lords) found here. It was about to rain, so we decided to go back after buying some local delights as this place is very famous for its biscuit wafers and muaci before taking the bus back to the cable car station. Koyasan is very quiet and peaceful. This crown jewel destination in Wakayama is seldom in the radar of the tourists as you can see there are not many people and cars on the road. You can’t find any modern high rise building at this hill resort. The people still live in their traditional houses. The air is very clean and fresh. As there’s no traffic jam, the bus always arrives earlier than the schedule. At the cable car station, there is an observation deck on the first floor. From here, you can get a breathtaking view of the village below the mountain. If you prefer a tranquil and relaxing holiday with strolling leisurely along the almost empty streets, this place is definitely a good option. Koyasan town really offers the best destination to relax, unwind and numerous rich cultural experiences a Japanese city could offer. It is worth a visit!
Written 16 January 2020
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Rajesh444
Melbourne, Australia182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
We did the day trip as we were not staying overnight at Koyasan. We took the morning train from Namba, Osaka to Hashimoto Station (about 50 minutes) from where there was a bus direct to Koyasan (the cable car is presently being replaced and therefore there will be no cable car services until March 2019). The bus ride to Koyasan took another 50 minutes. Once there ,we took the local bus which provides a round trip across the various sights in Koyasan. The cemetery is stop 11 if you wish to walk across the cemetry all the way to the bridge and the monastery (takes 30 minutes), although a short cut is available if you get off at stop 14 (just 5-7 minute walk). If you have time, do the full walk as it is extremely peaceful and you get to see some really wonderful structures. One of must-sees if you have limited time in Koyasan.
Written 1 January 2019
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Janie_pooh
Ottawa, Canada32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a must see. It is simply breathtaking. We visited once in the evening and once in the morning. A magical place at night. We were awestruck
Written 20 May 2015
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