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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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  • This is the inner sanctuary that still live that Kobo Daishi. Photography is forbidden in the natural hat, out loud, in a quiet and pleasant visit rule here is that. But many foreigners, as well bustling people were. To pray in the main hall, turning on the back because the donated in the form of candles and incense to pray for spare change is required. It is quite necessary. About assay do not forget to stop by in the jizo. There are meals carry to master customer fit in the morning and evening hours.
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  • This was part of our recent tour, otherwise it would not have been on my itinerary. It is certainly different, the trees are magnificent and some of the moss covered graves interesting. Maybe if we vi...  more »
  • One, there is a cemetery from the bridge and followed the feudal lords of the past, celebrity grave. There are also souls lost their lives in the war memorial tower. Kobo Daishi mausoleum is a particularly sacred place.
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  • This was number 1 on my list of places to see in Koyasan and didn't disappoint. Only wish I'd had the chance to view at night
  • Very atmospheric area with thousand of monuments built over hundreds of years. It's worthy visiting during different times of the day to see how the lighting (or lack thereof) cast a unique glow on the structures.
  • Zentastic! Mind Blowing Temples in the middle of a Forest, in the Heart of Japan's biggest Cemetery on the Top of a huge Mountain. Pure Bliss
  • 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.
  • A Very peaceful place! There are many political leaders' graves.

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