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Mount Koyasan, Koya-cho
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World Heritage Site and headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism, Mount Koyasan 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 Koyasan part of your personalized Koya-cho itinerary using our Koya-cho trip itinerary planner.
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  • Superb place first the gravestones of Samurai and other people in the forest. Then the temple and beautiful places in the autumn with Maple red a wonder (beginning of November). Sleep among the Buddhist monks is a real experience.
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  • So, so quaint and beautiful. Absolutely loved it. In autumn the colours are amazing! The temples are a gorgeous selection of brightly painted and modestly plain. The Cemetery is stunning! And everythi...  more »
  • You will find here more Japanese than other tourists. The relative proximity of the nearest town (Osaka) did not allow the site to be particularly crowded.
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