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Okunoin, Koya-cho

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. Using our custom trip planner, Koya-cho attractions like Okunoin can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Temple okunoin is center of buddhism In japan. It’s most beautiful place in japan. Mount Koya’s main attraction is no doubt the incredible Okunoin temple which is surrounded by one of the largest ceme...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    And being 10-1.2.3 night 19:00 came go hear. Of 灯rou from the bridge in the Dim light went to the Hall. Ahead gokusho and out the zorozoro, sutras were written from his mausoleum is entered into the Lantern Hall is offering. I thought the day drifts sanctuary of cedar trees in the great even at night.
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  • October 2, 2017
    A truly mystic place, with thousand stupas , tombs and graves and little statues of the Bodhisattva with red hats and bibs all set in luxuriant nature with trees which are hundred years old. Walking t...  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • December 22, 2016
    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)
  • June 21, 2016
    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.
  • May 5, 2016
    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!
  • April 9, 2016
    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.

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