Mount Koyasan, Koya-cho

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#1 of 192 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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  • Great experience for temple stay, night walk at Okunoin is recommended. Not scary but peaceful and calm. Go with night tour, monk will tell the story of this place to you. Dinner and breakfast are del...  more »
  • We came here for the first time. Was the unfortunate rain looks good rain here. Grave leading to the Hall County trails is screwed the atmosphere after the rain. Koyasan is on across town and places of study in the religious city, and is a wondrous place engaged in economic activities. Is located in one of the boutiques, such as religious institutions, including many of the temples and shukubo and food and beverage outlets and souvenir shops. Temples and shukubo want to come to the tourists because the working principle of competition was very open-minded. Also the solemn and sublime and miscellaneous sense of the mysterious space by James.
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  • A unique place like no other that I would rank in top 3 places I've been to in Japan. A must visit and worth going out of your way to get to!  more »

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