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Incredibly sombre building nestled in the forest

Well worth the 1.6km walk along the path (much shorter if you use the paths from the car park) and... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
188petere
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Brisbane, Australia
Beautiful detailing

The mausoleum is a few minute walk off the main street of Koya. The mausoleum buildings are... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
GVancouver
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Vancouver, Canada
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12 Nov 2017
“Incredibly sombre building nestled in the forest”
9 Jul 2017
“Beautiful detailing”
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682 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Well worth the 1.6km walk along the path (much shorter if you use the paths from the car park) and an incredibly spiritual place even though I am not a buddhist. Whilst much of the large area is open for photographs this area asks that...More

Thank 188petere
Reviewed 9 July 2017

The mausoleum is a few minute walk off the main street of Koya. The mausoleum buildings are beautiful decorated. Access is limited. Worth the walk? Yes. A disaster if you miss it? No.

1  Thank GVancouver
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Two old mausoleum buildings in a small yard that is not well maintained... Takes about 2 minutes to visit while getting charged 200JPY per person. Complete rip off.

1  Thank Shtaain
Reviewed 19 February 2017

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...More

1  Thank Granny_Gertrude
Reviewed 25 January 2017

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...More

2  Thank Rick H
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.

Thank Erica D
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....More

Thank Mike M
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...More

Thank gastownbc
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...More

Thank mediocrite
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.

Thank SydneyNancy13
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