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“First stop of a trip to Koyasan”

Koyasan Danjo Garan
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Mt Koya Day Trip from Osaka Including Okunoin and Danjo Garan Temples
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“First stop of a trip to Koyasan”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

This was a great place to start our day trip to Koyasan - which is well worth the train / cablecar / bus to get there. Beautiful collection of temples, atmospheric forest, and easy to wander around.
Good if you can find shoes that are comfortable for walking, and easy to slip off and on for visiting the inside of the temples.

Visited December 2013
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“Impressive. Too bad about the commercialism.”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

The area is impressive. Too bad that one of the impressions is of commercialism - with admission charges to some building interiors.

I am happy to donate at designated donation boxes. But when one wants to charge an admission fee for a "religious" or "spriritual" (sic) site, I take that as an indication that it is intended for others. Those admission charges helped me to prioritize my time in the area.

(I note that none in the group I was in - 4 Japanese hosts and myself, entered the places with admission charges. But that all 5 of us had no hesitation at donating at designated boxes at other sites.)

Visited September 2013
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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“Amazing collection of temples ... and they are adding!”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

I was very impressed with this complex of temples. Different styles, different colors and different ages. In fact, they are building a new one (right at the street which leads to west side / daimon). The red stupa is easiest the biggest eye-catcher. Come back at dusk to marvel at it lit up against a blue night sky (the stupa itself is only open, for a fee, during the day).

Visited August 2013
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108 reviews
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“Most beuatiful Buddha of Japan”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

The main red temple is an amazing Stupa. I have been all over Asia and seen many but this one is of a special kind. It's one Buddha and another four on the side and behind....all gold....amazing place and vibe.

Visited June 2013
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Hong Kong
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107 reviews
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“Tranquility and peace”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

Just like many other UNESCO sites in Japan, Mount Koya is tranquil and peaceful. The Garan is the centre of religious activities and features a few distinctive structures. Especially memorable would be the West Tower, which only opens in selective times of the year.

The Garan is accessible by buses, which departs from the railway station at about 30-min intervals. Those who hold the Kansai Thru Pass can travel for free. Save at least a whole day for this scenic area!!

Visited May 2013
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