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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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  • This is a very serene place to visit in Japan. It does take a little effort to get there. But certainly worth it. The temples and shrines are some of the prettiest ive seen and for me the cemetry was ...  more »
  • Yes you could draw a parallel with Lourdes for the side pilgrimage and mercantile, but it is still far. In April, at the beginning of the spring, it's still fresh, this isn't yet the crowd and walks to access the Okunoin cemetery is very impressive in light of the forest with its wonderful trees, some of which have nearly 500 years. The temple of the lanterns is interesting. For the rest, Koya-san is similarly difficult to access and is worth getting there. But we do not regret because it's different from what we could see, even if there are a lot of tourists, it is true.
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  • This is a great place I have visited many many times since I came to Japan in 1974. Nowadays everybody, including the Japanese, are talking about going to Mount Koya (Koya-san, san=mount) suggesting t...  more »