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Wooden temples hidden among the trees, mist-covered mountains, smooth-headed monks in colorful robes--all the Buddhist film archetypes are alive on Mt. Koya. A deeply sacred place, central to the Shingon sect of Buddhism, Mt. Koya is also a World...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the train from Kyoto and enjoyed the trip very interesting on the last leg as you climb a very windy railway line with interesting views to the station and then take the cable car. We were then taken by bus to the town....More

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Reviewed 29 August 2018

This is a nice temple complex with different temples in different styles. It is a nice forest to walk through. The red main temple is beautiful. There is a small white temple which is also very special.

1  Thank amsterdam05
Reviewed 28 August 2018

A bit of a disapppointment. Not really much to see - in a couple of hours you're more than done, including moving from one attraction to another - and not enough to justify the trip and the cost from Kyoto. A few temples, that cannot...More

1  Thank Goldbaer62
Reviewed 19 July 2018

The whole area here is peaceful with beautiful plants and amazing temples. Fantastic for a walk around and a great place to visit between cities.

1  Thank JWalker610
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Many old and interesting temples, statues and historical artefacts to investigate. You'll need strong legs, water and a camera in order to fully experience this area.

2  Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Saviour the contemplative atmosphere of the wonderful temples and the shrines of the location, Peaceful walks available.

1  Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 28 May 2018

We did it as a day trip and it was perfect, easy and amazing! I read everywhere that you have to stay there in a monastery to enjoy it, and that is the only way to do it. Not true. It is possible to get...More

4  Thank beavisnail
Reviewed 26 May 2018

I usually drive to Mt. Koya by myself, as I visit the grave of my father and have to bring some necessities with ourselves. The car navigation used to suggest drive through Kawachi-nagano and Hashimoto Cities. And then drive up to Mt. Koya via Kudoyama...More

4  Thank Kwakaku
Reviewed 25 May 2018

Even if you don't want to stay overnight in one of the temples - it's an easy daytrip from Osaka. Worth spending a few extra yen and getting the quicker train, rather than relying on just your Japan Rail Pass (if you have one). The...More

2  Thank fartoomanyusers
Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

We did a day visit up from Hashimoto on a weekend in Spring. Yes there were plenty of people but not unpleasantly so (apart from an irritatingly noisy group of rich kid motorbikers destroying the peace). Going a little earlier in the morning (or probably...More

2  Thank tarostra
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3 May 2018|
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Response from Shirley T | Reviewed this property |
I use the website for public photos transport “Jorudan” I google “jorudan english” and then searched for koyasan - NOT koya as San led mountain. It will point you exactly where you need to go
4 April 2018|
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Unsure, it’s no hassle as all alternative connections run as if getting original.
18 March 2018|
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Response from Saranger | Reviewed this property |
Our two suitcases (standard 22” rolling bag) were no trouble on the bus in Nov 2017. Others had larger bags. They were placed under the coach in the hold. Small bags were carried with us onboard. The only trouble you may... More
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23 February 2018|
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Response from Saranger | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is seasonal and by the time you visit in April it will be updated with the 2018-2019season validity dates. Check the website closer to the end of March. We purchased the pass for our visit last November and... More
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