Koyasan Okunoin

Koyasan Okunoin, Koya-cho

Koyasan Okunoin
5
Cemeteries • Religious Sites
06:00 - 17:30
Monday
06:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
06:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
06:00 - 17:30
Thursday
06:00 - 17:30
Friday
06:00 - 17:30
Saturday
06:00 - 17:30
Sunday
06:00 - 17:30
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AkitDezem
Osaka, Japan55 contributions
Number 1 place to visit in Koyasan!
Jul 2020
Peaceful...Impressive!! It’s our second visit there (the first was in 2011) and worth every step across this Buddhist sacred place!
Written 27 July 2020
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain646 contributions
Excellent cemetery
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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travelerscal
Sacramento, CA1,331 contributions
Must be visited during daytime and at night
Feb 2020
The place is a combination of culture and nature. The graves are located in the midst of old cedar trees covered with the moss.
The scenery is unbelievable!
The impressions of the day and night visits are completely different. Both must be experienced. Plus, during the day, you can visit the mausoleum with hundreds of lanterns.
The night tour is a bit spooky and it's kinda an adventure to wander around with a monk there. But it has a definite charm.
if you can't do both,I'd recommend a daytime. Going only at night,you'll completely lose all drama of nature.
Written 25 February 2020
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Optimist12345959
Australia17 contributions
Amazing, Incredible and beautiful sacred place - so happy we went there.
Feb 2020
I would hate to see this wonderful and spiritual place taken over by busloads of tourists after having seen it. I only found it because it was listed in the Loney Planet book and I was so taken by its description. It would interest spiritual travellers who would pay it the respect it deserves. We visited in Winter. Think snow, huge cedar trees, moss covered sites, pure silence and minimal tourists - just pure beauty. I really think the people resting there are in peace. My husband and I were virtually alone for the most part but Okunoin was alive. A very heavy and peaceful feeling that we were visiting many people that had passed. Outside of Okunoin are a multitude of temples. We visited in February and were there by 10am. It was on the last day of our trip to Japan. Wow, wow, wow...What a finish to a wonderful trip. If you have time, spend a night and see it over two days. Thank you Koyasan. I will return x
Written 23 February 2020
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ggm
Honolulu, HI1,439 contributions
One of the world's truly special sacred places.
Jan 2020
A place to let your soul re-awaken. Having last stayed in a monastery here 19 years ago, before it was added to the World Heritage list, I was apprehensive about returning, having heard of busloads of noisy tourists overunning everything, but it defies defilement; one of the world's truly sacred spaces. Early morning and dusk are the best time to visit, early there are monks chanting, at dusk as the shadows fall the 200,000 tombs of the cedar forest begin to stir quietly.
Written 22 February 2020
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Helen K
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
Wandering in Koyasan
Jan 2020 • Family
This was such a tranquil place to walk among tall trees and late afternoon shadows on a clear winters day. Not a religious experience for us but very lovely walking through this ancient cemetery. Very few other people there.
Written 12 February 2020
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA957 contributions
ok
Jan 2020
Huge 500 years-old cedar trees, thousands of moss-covered graves, statues and lamps, and the temple that was the meditation seat of Kukai, who is believed to sleep there and is fed daily by the monks. Worth a visit.
Written 27 January 2020
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HPLIM
JOHOR BAHRU750 contributions
A tranquil with rich cultural hill resort
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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Dilbertfan
Surrey, UK364 contributions
Unusual and photogenic
Nov 2019
The cemetery apparently has some 200,000 tombs and is huge. We recommend you walk to the temple and lantern hall during the daytime, when these are open, then do the night-time tour with a monk guide (Nori, from Eko-in temple, whose English is good), for a different experience.
Written 6 January 2020
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AB_Stb_OZ
Oud-Zuilen, The Netherlands600 contributions
Impressive environment
Dec 2019
This cemetery is an impressive area to be. Different times, various experiences. During early morning the path to the Tororo temple to join the chanting of the monks (5-7am) or during day time to experience the silence of death and the care of people for their ancestors or at night with a guided tour by a monk.
Written 30 December 2019
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