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Koya-san

Practical information on Koya-san

  • Relaxation
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Two hours and forty-five minutes by train from Tokyo
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Koya-san

Marielle Awad Seasoned Traveller
62 written opinions

One of the major Buddhists centres of Japan, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, many Japanese go to Koya-san in pilgrimage.

My suggestion:
It is the ideal place to spend a night in a temple to discover Buddhist culture.
My review

The Okuno-In is a huge cemetery sheltered by cedar trees. It is the most beautiful place in Koya-san. There are many jizos, or ancient tombs, but also many more original ones, such as the monument funded by an insecticide company in memorial to all the termites they have exterminated. There is a something uniquely Japanese about the atmosphere of the place.

There are also 5 large temple complexes to see in the city, each with its particularities: pagodas, museums, etc. It is possible to participate in an introduction to Buddhism, with the delivery of a certificate at the end of the session.

If you have the time, go to discover the surroundings and the pilgrimage trails which cross Mount Kii. 

You can find articles about my latest visit to Koyasan on my personal website.

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