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Address: 682 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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Skillful wood carvings but less than you might expect.

We had a little time before the buses would be running, and popped along to see these. There's very little to see though- the wooden carvings are clearly the work of highly... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Granny_Gertrude
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a little time before the buses would be running, and popped along to see these. There's very little to see though- the wooden carvings are clearly the work of highly skilled carpenters but there is little information and nothing really here beyond looking at the outside of the mausoleum. Don't regret going, as it was convenient.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From a historical standpoint this is one of the most important places in Koya-san. While it may not be spectacular at first glance, if you know the history it really drives it home. Not to mention the walk to get here through Okunoin is a highlight of a visit to Koya-san.

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Highland, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Very ornate and beautiful buildings. This is small site, but the details of the buildings are very intricate and worth seeing.

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Thank Erica D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Because of the history I'd recommend visiting this place but... I don't know. If it was anyone less influential I'd say it wasn't worth it. It's very small. I'd seen everything there was after about two minutes. It's not particularly expensive but there you go. Worth it for history fans. Anyone not really into the Sengoku Jidai can probably skip... More 

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Thank Mike M
Vancouver
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Big fan of historical Japanese events and fiction. Thought this place was a bit of a ripoff, two mausoleums which are locked but you can walk around. If I wasn't such a fanboy of Iesayu I would have been in-and-out in under 5mins, interesting history but fear not to miss out on this attraction while in Koyasan.

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Beverly Hills, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Tokugawa's final resting place is diminutive but charming, away from the two main areas of tourist attraction of Koyasan. I stood in front of the mottled "hut" and thought about the turbulent Japan of his days. I suspect that a "normal" foreign tourist would spend less than one tenth of such time over there. For those who want to see... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Walk via the UNESCO world heritage cemetery for 2 km to get to mausoleum. Just relax and enjoy the peaceful forest. The actual temple is only just a small part of the experience. Sit and watch.

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Thank SydneyNancy13
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Six of the 15 Tokugawa shoguns are buried at Zōjō-ji. The Taitoku-in Mausoleum ofHidetada (and the monument to his wifeSūgen'in), Ienobu, and Ietsugu had been designated National Treasures of Japan, but were burned in World War II. At present, parts of two of their graves have the distinction of being Important Cultural Properties of Japan. Additional graves are located in the cemetery behind the Great Hall. Parts of the former... More 

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Sydney
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

The brochure we were given described a stunning internal crypt of colours and gleaming art and decoration. The reality is different because the crypt is locked and you can't see inside. They tried to make us pay 500 but the real fee is 200 and even that is a rip off because you can only see the outside.

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Cupar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

We were staying in Koyasan and so tried to see as many places as we could, and the walking in the area was lovely in general. The mausoleum consists of two buildings (for the first two Tokugawa shoguns), both of which have the lovely sloping roofs typical of many buildings in the area. They are both highly decorated and very... More 

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