Koyasan Okunoin, Koya-cho

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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  • I really enjoyed my walking day at Okunoin. Incredibly high old pine trees blended with peaceful Buddha statues, path covered in snow and at the end of my journey i saw monks chanting in ice water for...  more »
  • Inner sanctuary is located in Suginami tree-lined from one bridge to his mausoleum along the approach to "the wellspring of faith" by Kobo Daishi in the Tomb group, such as warlords was a sacred road toward his mausoleum atmosphere. I hope more tourists during this season was from his mausoleum which was wrapped in a solemn atmosphere, but a bit noisy, so staggered time and time to go.
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  • Another 20 years nearly every spring, autumn, winter three times, from a Tokyo shrine to went. Gejin can burn incense in the temple's inner sanctuary, have been inside was pray. However, last year "is the criminal? "And referred to, were ousted. This year bars installed at the entrance of the gejin, was that "no other people paid for the memorial service". And was I open-minded Kobo Daishi Temple, but also praying this time trying to be as disappointed. Better to be disappointed if you go to Mt. koya, was to go on the assumption that old will.
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