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Okunoin, Koya-cho

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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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  • This was our favourite part of Koya-San and one of our favourite parts of our Japan trip. These 2kms of forest path between the thousands of stone stupas are just beautiful. It was very calm and peace...  more »
  • Today often traverse the foreigner is just all white lines. We were discussing Asian foreigners to visit several times a year, but recently first in four years. Could be totally quiet, quiet visits. Earlier this week by heavy snow since the beginning of the koya-San full white, yesterday's temperature is 13 degrees below zero and what do, and today is 4-5 degrees, so one day at 17, 8 degree temperature difference. View clearly shows no pagoda, buried in the snow along the Causeway but I hate a company Billboard also ranked in... it was a little bit better, my billboard companies here where I hate it, and. Masayuki Oku hospital was still in silence and solemn atmosphere. And not only what was taken from the top of your Temple bridge picture than his mausoleum in photography is prohibited, but views of the snow is 10 minutes, looks.... Also if there are billboard companies no ○ 20 is going to evaluate the long and and.
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  • This was by far the highlight of my trip to Koya-san and that is saying something because it is an incredible place. The old-growth cedar surrounding this mesmerizing cemetery just escalates the exper...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wonderful place, unique atmosphere created by thousands and thousands of gravestones.
  • A must visit place - great detail and very serene