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Mount Koya, Koya-cho

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World Heritage Site and headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism, Mount Koya blends nature and spirituality in utmost harmony. The monk Kūkai first settled here in 816 CE as a retreat from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto; an eternally lit mausoleum in the middle of the immense east-side graveyard pays tribute to him. Visit the western side as well, to see a temple complex with a Kanpon Daitō pagoda in its center. Explore some of the 100 wooden temples dotting the area, and the nearby town's university dedicated to religious studies. Make Mount Koya part of your personalized Koya-cho itinerary using our Koya-cho trip itinerary planner.
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  • 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 Okunoi...  more »
  • 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 O...  more »
  • 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,...  more »