Mount Koyasan, Koya-cho

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#1 of 229 in Nature in Kinki
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. To visit Mount Koyasan on your holiday in Koya-cho, and find out what else Koya-cho has to offer, use our Koya-cho road trip app .
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  • Probably the largest concentration of Buddhist temples in Japan and shrines are also hidden among the mountains, old cedar trees. Peace, Peace. A very large number of tourists. . Recommend.
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  • Mt. Koyasan takes a bit of extra travel, but it is well worth the effort. Because of its location it stills maintains a sense of a very old Japan. The temples are certainly interesting, but it is the ...  more »
  • The hike commenced at the city gate and proceeded to climb vertically at a pretty decent and unrelenting rate. The peek contains the best views - one side right out of a Japanese landscape, the other ...  more »
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