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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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  • Not just a graveyard and temple, but also a place of offerings and dedications, we found this to be serene, maybe a little eerie in places, and quietly fascinating.  more »
  • Moss-covered ancient stone towers and gravestones of many famous historical figures lined up the cobblestone avenue. After passing the 'Sweaty-Buddha' and the famous 'Well', you cross the bridge to th...  more »
  • 奧之院是弘法大師永遠入定之處,想要參見大師之人,都必須經過一段不短的路程,沿途陪伴的景緻,是參天古木與一座座的石碑,越往深處走,石碑的年代也就越久遠,彷彿進入了時光隧道,讓你可以近距離與日本歷史名人接觸,日本戰國迷絕對會非常興奮。行走的過程內心非常平靜,不會因為滿路的石碑而有任何陰森恐懼之感,歷時至少三十分鐘的路程,也不會讓你覺得特別疲累!我去的時間剛好遇到紅葉盛開,不論是被雨打落的紅葉鋪滿地,或...  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