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Koyasan Okunoin

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550 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent several hours wandering around Okunoin cemetery and the nearby temple with a Buddhist monk on a private tour. It was absolutely worthwhile since I gained understanding of the history and customs of Buddhism while also enjoying a beautiful setting in the mountains.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s another UNESCO Heritage Site that’s worth the visit. Absolutely serenity to be experienced. Take the Nankai line to reach Koyasan and you will not regret it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank minjeh1980
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best visits in Japan. A whole open air museum of mausoleums walking along a long way up the mountain: relaxing. Take your time, it is very big/long.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Javier G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was the most impressive temple complex i have seen on my japan trip. It was so sad to see there there were some graves and trees destroyed through the taifun. There was no mobile contact possiblle what was really reallxing. Impressive buildings. Definetly a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DatGoldi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wandered through this sacred cemetery twice (at lunchtime and at 5am) in awe of the history, peacefulness and beauty of the place. If you're into photography, the opportunities are dramatic and endless. It's also free to enter... If you're sensitive to energies as I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Shanclan78
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the most sacred spots in Japan. Many are buried here, close to the revered figure Kobo Daishi, who taught that followers can achieve enlightenment in this lifetime. What I found most fascinating: major corporations, such as Nissan, have shrines for workers...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mvidro
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am sorry that we did not manage to cover the full length of the place but it is indeed an experience of peace...

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SimoneCP86
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing cemetery where you can just wander around at leisure. Beautiful and unusual monuments throughout the area. Visited both at day and at night. I preferred the daytime as you can see more, but the nighttime had a great atmosphere and much quieter to give...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank smileyfarmerboy
Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

This ancient (over 800 year old) cementera lies almost at the end of Koya-San. Although most people wouldn’t think about visiting a cementera, a stroll trough this one is a most; moss covered gravestones and shrines will provide you with amazing sight surrounded by ancient...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank IsaacGBerkovsky
Reviewed 31 October 2018

This was the highlight of our two days in Koyasan. While architectually, this part of Koyasan is plainer, the sheer scale and age of the graves is much more impressive. The light misty rain that accompanied our walk through the graves only added to the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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12 September 2018|
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Response from TashWood | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at ekoin and you could just book in when you arrive for that night. Unfortunately it was cancelled last minute due to rain but we had already walked through it on our own earlier. It’s only about a 5 min walk from... More
28 March 2018|
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Response from eamonnr2015 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Justin, In November the leaves will change colour earlier than other parts of Japan as a result of the elevation of this area in the mountain, and mid November should be perfect for autumnal foliage. Daytime sunshine is... More
23 November 2017|
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Response from S3385LPpaulw | Reviewed this property |
You have to catch a replacement bus service from Hashimoto train station to Koyasan. It does add to the total journey time but we had no issues when we went to Koyasan recently. Enjoy