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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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  • Getting to mount koya SAN is a bit of a mission but such a unique experience to stay in a temple that I really think it is worth making the effort for a night stay.  more »
  • We hiked from gokurakueki to the koyasan gate. It was so beautiful and nice hike. The town of koyasan was nice, but we enjoyed hike more. If you are non Japanese, looking for a quiet Japanese town, I ...  more »
  • The natural mandala with a Buddha image also greets visitors. You can feel the peace dearly in away from the daily routine.
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