Koyasan Okunoin, Koya-cho

Must see · Cemetery · Religious Site
Explore Japan’s largest cemetery, Koyasan Okunoin, situated on Mount Koya among tall, ancient cedar trees. Cross the first bridge to enter the cemetery, which houses over 200,000 tombstones, and enjoy a peaceful 2 km (1.2 mi) walk to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi’s eternal meditation. Wander between tombs of all shapes and sizes, some covered in moss and some more recent, including the final resting places of important lords and monks. You can also take a shorter path passing by a recent cemetery expansion and view a memorial to pests, which was erected by an exterminator company. Using our custom trip planner, Koya-cho attractions like Koyasan Okunoin can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Peaceful...Impressive!! It’s our second visit there (the first was in 2011) and worth every step across this Buddhist sacred place!  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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...  more »

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