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Mount Koyasan

Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 736-56-2011
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 736-56-2011
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Reviewed yesterday

Do visit Koyasan. It is worth the small hassle of getting. Staying overnight in a temple lodging (shukubo) will give you plenty of time to see the sights. We stayed for three nights and were happy with that plan which gave us lots of time...More

Thank hfot2
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great experience for temple stay, night walk at Okunoin is recommended. Not scary but peaceful and calm. Go with night tour, monk will tell the story of this place to you. Dinner and breakfast are delicious, it is unexpected that tofu and mushroom will have...More

Thank Sriratana P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A unique place like no other that I would rank in top 3 places I've been to in Japan. A must visit and worth going out of your way to get to!

Thank Mister I
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the must see sacret and special paces in Japan! I truly recommend at least on night stay. The old beautiful cedar tree I see amazing and the secret garden is really special. Quite spiritual experience with more than hundreds temples in the area

Thank Elenapanayot
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Koya-san from Kyoto for a one night stay. Read a lot of postings by people concerned about travel delays due to bus service from Hashimoto station. Firstly, I'd say don't fret at all about this. Buses run very frequently and bus service was super...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Buddhism was imported to Japan in the 6th century, and in the early 9th century a Buddhist Priest Kuukai established the Shingon (true word) sect of esoteric Buddhism. Kuukai encouraged the pursuit of the true word through spiritual training and stoicism and selected Kouyasan as...More

Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

It's quite a journey to get to Koyasan but worth every moment. The scenery is beautiful especially if you travel there at the peak of the autumn leaves show!! We hiked in the hills around and thought the area was magnificent until we saw the...More

Thank sydneywanda
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

It’s most beautiful mountain in japan it’s south of Osaka and u can reach there by train from Osaka. We were stayed at wakayama and we took JR line train to yashimoto and then transferred to nankai train line. It’s 3 hours journey from wakayama...More

Thank vishwa8587
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Koyasan is not to be missed. The scenery is lovely, and the energy is so peaceful. Truly, the essence of Japan. Try to stay in a temple if you go.

Thank SnowyOwl49
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

My first time to visit Mount Koyasan, UNESCO World Heritage. Konpon Daitō (根本大塔), a pagoda that according to Shingon doctrine represents the central point of a mandala covering not only Mt. Kōya but all of Japan. How to get there, take train at Numba Station,...More

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3 December 2017|
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Response from johnfjohnston | Reviewed this property |
you can do it! Gunbatte! Have the people at the lodging assist with planning. john
23 August 2017|
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Response from paso57 | Reviewed this property |
We were there in mid-April - - no sign of snow. It was, however, cool days (50s-60s) and cold (but not freezing) at night.
23 August 2017|
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Response from Jemane | Reviewed this property |
I spent just the day there and felt it was more than an adequate amount of time. The atmosphere is extremely peaceful and you feel that everywhere. I don't think you need to stay overnight with a small child to appreciate... More