Mt. Koya
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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 Heritage Site due to its more than 1000-year-old teaching and meditation sites.
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eizi
Hokkaido, Japan17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The manners of tourists from abroad are bad
Smoking in non-smoking areas and littering cigarette ashes and butts
They are desecrating sacred places in Japan
The manners of tourists from abroad are terrible, and they are desecrating sacred places in Japan
Tourists from abroad who do not understand Japan and the Japanese spirit are not welcome in Japan
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Koyasan, is a significant site in Japan, known for its spiritual significance and cultural heritage
外国の観光客は、タバコの灰・吸い殻をポイ捨てし、周りも注意しない 自分の祖国で神聖な場所でも同じ事をするのだろうか
特に高野山は特別な場所・神聖な場所 
Written 5 May 2024
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Francine W
Sun City Center, FL32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Beautiful scenery en route. Our lodging at the Hongaku Shukuba Temple was very roomy i.e. sleeping room and a sitting area. There was an add'l comfy area with the garden view. Dinner and breakfast were vegan, as expected. My only disappointment was that we didn't have an opportunity to talk with the monks. I did attend the morning prayers although I didn't understand any of the chants. If you want quiet, this will fit the bill. There are several beautiful and quiet gardens on the property.
Written 5 October 2023
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Sprout211
Chesapeake, VA798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Day 2 - Day trip to Mount Koya from Osaka. It is the world center of Shingon Buddhism brought to Japan in the 8th century. We were blessed to have a private guide, Etsuko, that had personal ties to this site and had completed a pilgrimage here. We also had a very elaborate vegetarian lunch prepared by the monks.
Written 1 June 2023
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Tjasa C
153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The mount Koya is the unique place with you must visit on your travel to Japan. There so many zen Buddhist temples which you can visit and stay there. Try just one night, which include vegetarian meals, meditations with monks,..
Written 30 April 2020
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ggm
Honolulu, HI1,479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
At least 60 of the 117 monasteries here now accept guests (20 years ago there were four willing to take foreigners). An extraordinary place, requires time to appreciate.
Written 22 February 2020
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Helen K
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had the 3 day Kansai Thru train pass and Mt Koya reached its limits (so we really felt we got our money's worth!) The JR pass doesn't go there.When we arrived at the top of the cable car (included in Kansai Thru pass) (which was fun to travel in on a steep angle), we decided to walk to the town. It was a pleasant 30 min walk on the road (virtually no traffic) with wonderful views . There is a bus, too, but we like to walk. The town is lovely, lots of temples, a Family Mart (for cheap cappuccino) and a great tourist Information centre. There was an American guy there who spoke fluent English!!! Yeah, the first ever in Japan. He was interesting and it was great to talk, we were about to eat picnic lunch outside the tourist centre but we were invited in where there were tables and chairs and water and toilets. Fabulous as it was 4 C outside. Exploring the famous cemetery was amazing with huge tall trees and interesting tombs and a pleasant walk. We walked back through the town, along the road to the cable car late afternoon and just made the cable car (it only goes about once per hour). Only one car passed us and we saw the twilight over the mountains - so pretty. If you are adventurous and like exploring, this is a great day trip from Osaka.
Written 5 February 2020
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Shariann L
Somerville, Massachusetts, United States102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Unworldly beautiful, this mountain complex of temples, monasteries, and a small village should not be missed.
Written 18 January 2020
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epicure49
Brighton, UK510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We stayed with the young monks at Yochi-In and absolutely loved walking around this stunning mountain-top enclave of Buddhist temples. This is surely what all we tourists expected and wanted of Japan. Peace and quiet in a remote wooded area... beautiful shrines and temples with an other-worldly quality so far removed from the hubbub of your normal lives. I took too many photos to show here but have included just a few... A very definite MUST VISIT place.
Written 5 November 2019
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Iris A
Chatham, UK650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
On our recent trip to Japan we visited a number of busy cities and we wanted to have a couple of days out and Mount Koya was a great choice. It took us a couple of hours and a number of train rides to get there but it was absolutely worth it. A very tranquil little town Koyasan was set among centuries old pine forests and the quiet Buddhist temples and serene setting was just what we needed to take a break from the neon lights. All the notable sights are within walking distance and the air is so clear you would be silly not to take leisurely strolls around the parks and the beautiful Okunoin cemetery. A tourist office in the heart of town can provide you more information on the sights and important events.
Written 4 November 2019
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Herb L
Newton, MA94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
We visited Mt. Koya, aka Koya San on a day trip from Osaka. It is a very old center of esoteric Buddhism founded by the monk Kukai (Kobo Daishi) in 816 CE. There are many old temples of great beauty on an enormous mountain top area. Despite the many visitors, it is extraordinarily peaceful. The mausoleum of Kobo Daishi is at the
end of a very long pathway which is lined with many thousands of graves and memorial markers, some of very famous people. Although we did not stay overnight we did hear from other visitors that one can stay in a Buddhist monastery if one wishes.
Written 25 August 2019
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