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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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  • Visiting Koyasan is a magical experience. Make sure you follow the walking trails and visit the temples. I would highlight Okunoin, the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of one of Buddhist's sects...  more »
  • We loved seeing the autumnal colours on the trees in Koyasan in November. There's so much to see in the area. Visited Okunoin by bus, while we were waiting for our room to be ready. In particular, we ...  more »
  • A must see incredibly beautiful spiritual and unique place. It is not a cheap experience when you stay in a temple accommodation overnight but worth every dollar you spend. If you are traveling to Jap...  more »