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Koyasan Okunoin

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Address: 550 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 736-56-2002
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Mt Koya Day Trip from Osaka Including Okunoin and Danjo Garan Temples
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Not your normal cemetery

I was here 20 years ago and the morning mist gave the cemetery an eerie feel. It was so intriguing and mystical that I had to bring the wife and teenage kids to see it. This time... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was here 20 years ago and the morning mist gave the cemetery an eerie feel. It was so intriguing and mystical that I had to bring the wife and teenage kids to see it. This time the weather was cold and clear. The night walk from Ekoin temple with an English speaking monk was amazing. It gave us a... More 

Thank Shlomo K
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A must visit for any trip to Koyasan. I recommend seeing it in Winter when the tourist numbers are lower and the cemetery is at its most peaceful. Get off the main path and explore!

Thank Bjorn D
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A thought provoking and wonderful walk up to the temple and back down the hill. Catch the bus then walk directly to the temple. Take the long route back to the road. Plenty of great photo opportunities in the cedar forest. A must do in Koyasan.

Thank Phil437
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has to be one of the most memorable of all the places that I have visited....ever. It was only by chance that we happen to select this place to visit when we were in Wakayama. This place (as many has mentioned in the previous postings here) is not an easy place to get to. We had rented a car... More 

Thank Eddie T
Lincolnton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walk beneath ancient trees, beside aged gravestones, toward the inner sanctum: the eternal meditation place of Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful, peaceful with ancient memorial on the mountain. You can travel to by train and cable car. Worth to visit once.

Thank JongAree
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have seen a lot, but this exceeded all my expectations. The sheer size of this cemetery is impressive and will leave you without words. It can't be captured on photos....you really have to experience it yourself.

Thank americagirl22
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a route along ancient graves and majestic pine trees, sometime with five pine trees grown together. Many graves with the traditional five elements of differently shaped stones (called gorinto), I believe representing the five Buddhist senses. It is a must see in Koyasan and a very special place.

Thank Johan17
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a special place. Words can barely describe it. 200.000 graves (we were told). It is huge, walking from the entrance to the final shrine takes about 45 minutes one-way. So beautiful. Loved the last set of buddha statues where you splash water on to to get their blessing. Loved the story of the monk who went into the inner... More 

Thank ghanbg
Paranaque, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Okunoin gives me chill not because it is a graveyard! It was around 13 degrees when we came over, that is! Should you plan to visit the place during autumn season, be sure to wear proper clothing. I was wearing heat tech shirt under a blouse, under a trench coat - but it was never enough to warm me up.... More 

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