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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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  • In one bridge and soon was crying. At the moment, I'm happy to be here and I was crying. That indescribably power to feel, I want to. Also go to ❗
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  • I have seen a lot, but this exceeded all my expectations. The sheer size of this cemetery is impressive and will leave you without words. It can't be captured on photos....you really have to experienc...  more »
  • Many family tombs, from a very old, Mossy and cracked to modern decorated often tehnostile, smotrte the names, it's often the big names and famous family
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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