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“One of the most authentic Japanese experiences” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Koyasan Reihokan Museum

Koyasan Reihokan Museum
Ranked #6 of 63 things to do in Koya-cho
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Owner description: Koyasan Reihokan Museum holds numerous treasures of Koyasan: a total of over 28,000 objects designated either as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties, and over 50,000 of non-designated issues. These treasures are displayed over 4 exhibitions in the course of one year.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“One of the most authentic Japanese experiences”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

Koyasan is a rare world treasure that will be appreciated by the discerning traveler in search of what is real and authentic.

I have spent many weeks in Koyasan over the past 12 years as it is unique in the world: A living tradition as vital today as it was a thousand years ago.

For discerning travelers who seek a singular experience of the Japanese culture at its best Koyasan is a priceless destination. It holds a lineage of over 1200 years dedicated to the highest principles of Shingon Buddhism. Whether you are a spiritual seeker of someone who appreciates one of the few remaining treasures of traditional Japan Koyasan will exceed your expectations.

Lodging is only available at temples in Koyasan and it is wise to research which temples are receptive to non-Japanese visitors.

The food is the best vegetarian cuisine in the world as they have had over 1200 years of refining their selections and presentations. It is an art form in itself that you would easily pay more for a single meal in Kyoto than a nights lodging in Koyasan which includes both dinner and breakfast.

The morning ceremony is serenely beautiful and unlike anything your are likely to experience anywhere else. For those whose interest is in scholarly esoteric Buddhism the library at Koyasan is unparalleled.

To fully appreciate this heritage site I most highly recommend you research its history and founding by Kobo Daishi so that you can enjoy the experience most fully

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“A lovely day trip for vegetarians”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

We visited Koyasan for a day trip from Osaka in January, 2013.
I envy other reviewers who stayed overnight at one of the temple lodgings, but it is also an easy day trip.
In Osaka we bought Koyasan World Heritage Tickets at the Nankai Railway ticket counter at Namba Station. They were about (Australian)$32. This gives you the (about 1.5 hr) train trip to Gokurakubashi station, the (5min) spectacular cable car ride up to Koyasan, unlimited bus rides all day and all return journeys. As well, the ticket includes discount vouchers for some of the attractions and restaurants on Koyasan. The ticket is valid for two days, for those staying overnight. You also get a map and basic information about the attractions, so it is an easy day.
The village on the mountain-top is quite small and level. We rode on the bus into town and back to the cable car, but did not need the shuttles during the day. It was lovely to just walk about and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. It had been snowing, so it was a bit muddy and slippery in places, but the bus goes by regularly if you need it.
We specifically went to Koyasan to enjoy some vegetarian food. The temples serve veg food to guests, but the restaurants in the centre of town also serve vegetarian dishes as well as non-veg food. This was great for us because vegetarian food is hard to find in Japan. We chose Chuo Shokudo Sanbo for lunch after getting advice and directions from the tourist office. It was a fabulous meal.
The temples were lovely to visit, but walking through the huge and beautiful cemetery was the highlight of the day for us, along with lunch!

Visited January 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“A unique experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

We stayed at this temple lodging one night. It is a beautiful zen temple with rooms at the back. This was an opportunity to attend meditation and prayers with a small community of monks.
Lodging is as comfortable as an ryokan. We went during winter low season and the main bath room was not open but the rooms was big and clean with good bedding.
The meals are not to be missed and are gorgeous !
Last koyasan deserves to spend a night to truly experience the beauty and atmosphere of the site.

1 Thank LaradY
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Must experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

Interesting, wonderful, very special village. Sleeping accommodation in local temples, only. Traditional futons and meals. Famous cemetery in beautiful forest, >200.000 graves, from the passing of Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Esoteric Buddhism, on.

Visited January 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Highlight of our Japan trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

Koyasan is a monastic town on Mt. Koya south of Osaka, easily reached by the rail system. We stayed at Shojoshinin temple for the night. It was wonderful, the temple was an old traditional building with separate bath house and facilities, which we had to ourselves being the only guests that night. Dinner and breakfast are included in the cost and were delicious, beautifully presented in our own dining room with a screen open overlooking the lovely garden. The monks are welcoming and we were encouraged to attend their morning service, which was very interesting. Staying here was like moving into a different time and space, being able to appreciate Japanese traditional living in a serene peaceful environment. The walk through the nearby 1000 year + sacred graveyard was an otherworldly experiencing, the ancient monuments, tall cedar trees and the energy of the area. Koyasan can be seen on a day trip from Osaka, but to truly appreciate the town it is worth staying overnight.

Visited July 2011
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