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Koyasan Okunoin

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Address: 550 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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Mt Koya Day Trip from Osaka Including Okunoin and Danjo Garan Temples
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Enchantingly serene site

Not just a graveyard and temple, but also a place of offerings and dedications, we found this to be serene, maybe a little eerie in places, and quietly fascinating.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not just a graveyard and temple, but also a place of offerings and dedications, we found this to be serene, maybe a little eerie in places, and quietly fascinating.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Moss-covered ancient stone towers and gravestones of many famous historical figures lined up the cobblestone avenue. After passing the 'Sweaty-Buddha' and the famous 'Well', you cross the bridge to the Mausoleum of Kobo Daishi Kukai.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our favourite part of Koya-San and one of our favourite parts of our Japan trip. These 2kms of forest path between the thousands of stone stupas are just beautiful. It was very calm and peaceful and had a very spiritual feel to it. You must walk this path if you are in Koya-San.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

This was by far the highlight of my trip to Koya-san and that is saying something because it is an incredible place. The old-growth cedar surrounding this mesmerizing cemetery just escalates the experience to a whole new level. The shafts of light penetrating through the canopy in the early morning is a sight to behold. Must, must, must visit!

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Phuket, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

You cannot go to Koyasan without visiting Okunoin. It is incredible! Cemeteries in the West are considered morbid but in Japan it is not a sad place... it feels very warm and inviting. I walked through twice on my visit. The first around 10pm which was terrifying at first because it is not well lit at all so I recommend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Went on a night tour given by the temple lodging where I stayed. I'd recommend that to get a better understanding of the area and a unique vibe in low light. The only bad thing is that it's tough for photography unless you have a tripod.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

It's a nice, peaceful stroll into the main mausoleum. If you can be there at 6am or 1030am each day, you can witness the ritual where the monks serve food to Kobo Daishi.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I did a walking tour with a monk from Eko-In temple at night. It was amazing, walking through and learning the history was great. I didn't feel scared but more in awe of the cemetery. I also managed to go early in the morning when it was raining and it looks unreal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is a must if you are in Koyasan. I would almost say a must if you visit this region of Japan. Visited both during the day and the night. Each having a different feel. After about 9pm at night, there is absolutely no one there. At least in November. Should be number 1 on visit to Koyasan!

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