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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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Beautiful by day and even better at night

You cannot go to Koyasan without visiting Okunoin. It is incredible! Cemeteries in the West are considered morbid but in Japan it is not a sad place... it feels very warm and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Phuket, Thailand
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Phuket, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You cannot go to Koyasan without visiting Okunoin. It is incredible! Cemeteries in the West are considered morbid but in Japan it is not a sad place... it feels very warm and inviting. I walked through twice on my visit. The first around 10pm which was terrifying at first because it is not well lit at all so I recommend... More 

Thank emphuket
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Billed as the most popular cemetery in Japan, we didn't know what to expect exactly. We'd read about some of the strange memorials in Okunion, as well as the incredibly important Kukai Mausoleum. But we didn't expect to fall in love with the place. By the way, there are relatively few bodies buried here. Mostly only hair or ashes or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a night tour given by the temple lodging where I stayed. I'd recommend that to get a better understanding of the area and a unique vibe in low light. The only bad thing is that it's tough for photography unless you have a tripod.

Thank Scott S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a nice, peaceful stroll into the main mausoleum. If you can be there at 6am or 1030am each day, you can witness the ritual where the monks serve food to Kobo Daishi.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I did a walking tour with a monk from Eko-In temple at night. It was amazing, walking through and learning the history was great. I didn't feel scared but more in awe of the cemetery. I also managed to go early in the morning when it was raining and it looks unreal.

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Fairfax, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is a must if you are in Koyasan. I would almost say a must if you visit this region of Japan. Visited both during the day and the night. Each having a different feel. After about 9pm at night, there is absolutely no one there. At least in November. Should be number 1 on visit to Koyasan!

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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

This is a quiet cemetery area with many tall trees in a nice environment. At the end of the walk is a sacred temple and mausoleum. Makes a nice inspiring walk for about 2 hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 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 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 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 December 2016 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.

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