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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 1 week ago 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

Thank weerapat s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a good three days I spent in Koyasan. It is a small town, very well organised, neat, beautiful, elegant and tranquil place. I spent a day to walk the length of the town, visited most of the attractions, from the bus-stop in front...More

Thank Hai N
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Was absolutely amazing! Took the train from osaka for an overnight stay with buddhist monks. They a hot bath, prepared dinner and breakfast for us and also woke us up for meditation. Mt. Koya is very pleasant, away from the hustle and bustle of the...More

1  Thank Anvesh B
Reviewed 9 July 2017

An isolated town dominated by temples. The train ride, followed by the tram and bus to the townsite is well worth the trip. It's possible to do it in a day trip from Osaka but an overnight stay is much better. Accommodation is not cheap....More

1  Thank GVancouver
Reviewed 1 July 2017

I was hesitant when my wife said she had booked us a night in a Buddhist Temple at Koya-san. Yet it turned out to be the best experience of our trip to Japan. There's nothing more I can say about the multitude of sacred sites,...More

2  Thank shandydog
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Only spent one full day here, but I wish we could have stayed longer. I had no idea how big the cemetery / mountain was, you could wander for days. It was hard to grasp how old and how far back into the mountain the...More

2  Thank Polo789
Reviewed 1 June 2017

This sacred mountain is the "Vatican" of Esoteric or Shingon Buddhism. There are lovely old temples, many of which accept guests. There are worthwhile, must see sights, the best of which is the Okunoin, the largest cemetery in Japan.

1  Thank Nonnapn
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

It's a trek from Osaka and you can't use the JR Pass on the rail line from Osaka Namba When you finally arrive it's a cable car to go up and then a bus . We paid around 5800 yen for two tickets from Osaka...More

2  Thank JGFIELD
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Really really nice place,you have to visit when you will be near Osaka, way takes about 3hours and return train from tengachaya station 2800yen, I slept in Buddha temple and if you want to try it too, i can recommend it, but you have to...More

2  Thank Zuzka T
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

.. but we should have planned better and stayed overnight so we could experience the temple stay, do more hiking and visit more thoroughly. We started our trip before nine from Namba Station taking the Nankai train with reserved seating, spacious and comfortable. We are...More

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22 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.
22 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
12 August 2017|
Response from johnfjohnston | Reviewed this property |
san Boin........Kobodaishi's Mother's dedicated temple