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Koyasan Okunoin

550 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 736-56-2002
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550 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 736-56-2002
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The cemetery is absolutely huge, we've never seen anything like it. We ambled through taking it all in, the cloud and mist coming and going giving an appropriate mystical and slightly eerie atmosphere.

Thank LauraEvans88
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the most beautiful and peaceful cemetery I've ever visited. This ancient cemetery in Koya is filled with everything from ancient time-worn stones to huge modern memorials, including a rocket ship. A wonderful place to wander among moss-covered trees and beautiful memorials.

Thank hmsib
Reviewed 1 week ago

Look out for the more unusual gravestones and statues, like the stone Jizo wearing lipstick freshly applied by passing ladies, or the corporate gravestones, like the giant coffee cup, rocket, or the Panasonic and Nissan ones. I think we spent too much time there, about...More

Thank EuroTravelator
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most beautiful cemetery I have ever been. Koyasan (the town) itself is very clean and is full of amazing temples. Take a walk inside the Okunoin and discover the ancient tombs and little buddha statues.

Thank Zsophia K
Reviewed 1 week ago

2 kilometres of graveyard with an amazing diversity of stones, old and new. Amazing forest scenery with a real sense of tranquility. Just need to take your time and soak up the atmosphere.

Thank davemartin3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very large and impressive Buddhist cemetery (>3km end to end). Be sure to visit it both during the day and at night; atmosphere at night is totally different (especially as you're often walking there all on your own). There's Buddhist chanting in the Kobo Dashi...More

Thank Joost G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful cemetery. Make sure you visit during the day and night, as it is a very different experience in the dark.

Thank R G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an awe inspiring place and a lovely way to spend a couple of quiet, contemplative hours. Also the site where Kobo Daishi sits in eternal meditation. A visit to his resting place is a wonderful experience.

Thank Nonnapn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love a nice tree and I have seen a few in my days but this location is the best I have seen yet (even better than Muir Woods!) the site is a 2 km stroll along a road that for 1200 years was the...More

2  Thank LuckyTravelerRonaldo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place where Kobodaishi Kukai opened the monastery after much searching. The location is said to be led by two dogs (black & white) which guided Kukai to this place. It is of the Tendaishu sect but Kukai selected and taught that this sacred place...More

1  Thank hirokoby
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We are in Koyasan just tonight. Eko-in is not doing a night walk tonight and we have been unable to find any other guided tours tonight. Is it possible to go alone at night? I know the mausoleum and hall of lanterns closes but for the rest of it, are there any lights or will we be in total darkness? Has anyone else gone alone at night? Also, our curfew where we are staying is 9pm. Do you know how long it takes to walk back from Okunoin to the town center?
30 December 2016|
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Response from deco502016 | Reviewed this property |
Fine to do it alone at night but also go back in the day as it is a different experience then!
Ann T
Hi, what time is the cemetery walking tour at night and how long does it last? Does Eko-in run it?
11 March 2015|
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Response from Rhiannon K | Reviewed this property |
Ekoin runs it, but I think it's open to everyone. I stayed at the Koyasan Guesthouse and the manager there told us about it and organised the payment.
Hi, my sister and I plan to stay in Mount Koya for 2 or 3 nights from april 7th 2015. I would like to know the weather at that time of the year also, the best place to stay,typically bouddhist place , comfortable but not too expensive ($80-120/d/1). Thank you so much for your help. Mme Hoang Montreal, Canada
26 December 2014|
Response from GAN L | Reviewed this property |
Koyasan is 800m above sea level. In April, the maximum temperature is 15 degrees C and the minimum temperature is 3 degree C. Eko-in would be a great temple to stay and it is run by young monks who can speak English. You... More