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Okunoin, Koya-cho

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Cemetery Religious Site
Explore Japan’s largest cemetery, Okunoin, situated on Mount Koya among tall, ancient cedar trees. Cross the first bridge to enter the cemetery, which houses over 200,000 tombstones, and enjoy a peaceful 2 km (1.2 mi) walk to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi’s eternal meditation. Wander between tombs of all shapes and sizes, some covered in moss and some more recent, including the final resting places of important lords and monks. You can also take a shorter path passing by a recent cemetery expansion and view a memorial to pests, which was erected by an exterminator company. Arrange your visit to Okunoin and discover more family-friendly attractions in Koya-cho using our Koya-cho itinerary builder.
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  • The most beautiful cemetery I have ever been. Koyasan (the town) itself is very clean and is full of amazing temples. Take a walk inside the Okunoin and discover the ancient tombs and little buddha st...  more »
  • 2 kilometres of graveyard with an amazing diversity of stones, old and new. Amazing forest scenery with a real sense of tranquility. Just need to take your time and soak up the atmosphere.  more »
  • Very large and impressive Buddhist cemetery (>3km end to end). Be sure to visit it both during the day and at night; atmosphere at night is totally different (especially as you're often walking there ...  more »
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  • Try visiting during the winter. The whiteness of the snow gives this place a more sacred feel. Plus try looking for the oddly shaped tomb stones and the historic ones too.
  • It's a cemetery. Has a nice walk in, but unless you care about the history and have a guide (for English speakers) it'll just be a walk in the park (literally)
  • Quiet beyond belief, a place for respiring away from the crowds. It does get quite busy during the day, but if you can handle walking through tombstones at night (right before they close), you'll be surrounded by the most contemplative silence you'll find in Japan.
  • A ridiculous amount of Japanese history is buried here. Journey through a vivid mossy forest ripe with thousand plus year old specimens: To your left and right behold thousands of graves with figures from the nations's history. Groups ranged from companies such as Panasonic and Kubota to the military and world war related graves while also apparent were graves of historic entities such as the likes of Takeda Shingen and numerous tokugawa fellows. Meanwhile Kukai is in eternal meditation after you cross the final bridge. Don't be a biatch here, put away that camera and enjoy the spiritual for once. Plus it is prohibited. Before you go, don't forget to wash the monks and your own family wood plank, pray at the main temple, do goshuuin, hug a tree and listen to an inspiring monk (on nikoniko hara tatsu mai zoya sowaka?). Enjoy!
  • Definitely visit this place if you are in Koya. This is a must see. The road up there with some 200000 monuments is quite a thing to see as well.