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Mt. Koya

Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
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Mt Koya Day Trip from Osaka Including Okunoin and Danjo Garan Temples
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Private Guided Day Tour in Mt Koya
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Wooden temples hidden among the trees, mist-covered mountains, smooth-headed monks in colorful robes--all the Buddhist film archetypes are alive on Mt. Koya. A deeply sacred place, central to the Shingon sect of Buddhism, Mt. Koya is also a World Heritage Site due to its more than 1000-year-old teaching and meditation sites.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many old and interesting temples, statues and historical artefacts to investigate. You'll need strong legs, water and a camera in order to fully experience this area.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saviour the contemplative atmosphere of the wonderful temples and the shrines of the location, Peaceful walks available.

Thank Margaret C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did it as a day trip and it was perfect, easy and amazing! I read everywhere that you have to stay there in a monastery to enjoy it, and that is the only way to do it. Not true. It is possible to get...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I usually drive to Mt. Koya by myself, as I visit the grave of my father and have to bring some necessities with ourselves. The car navigation used to suggest drive through Kawachi-nagano and Hashimoto Cities. And then drive up to Mt. Koya via Kudoyama...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you don't want to stay overnight in one of the temples - it's an easy daytrip from Osaka. Worth spending a few extra yen and getting the quicker train, rather than relying on just your Japan Rail Pass (if you have one). The...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

We did a day visit up from Hashimoto on a weekend in Spring. Yes there were plenty of people but not unpleasantly so (apart from an irritatingly noisy group of rich kid motorbikers destroying the peace). Going a little earlier in the morning (or probably...More

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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

I took a train from Osaka-Namba station in Osaka to Hashimoto and then changed to go to Gakurakubashi (may have spelt wrong) yes the trains work now they’ve been fixed 4-2018, then took Cable car to Koyasan (paid on your ICOCA as usual) It’s definitely...More

1  Thank Shirley T
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

We took a day trip here from Osaka and it was completely worth the traveling. The transportation to get there was really straightforward - we just checked the details on google maps, took a train, then the funicular railway and then a bus (the station...More

2  Thank Ruth C
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

We travelled here from Osaka for an overnight stay with a grandparent and 2 kids (10 & 13) and loved it! We got the 2 day heritage pass for around 2800 yen as a special and the train ride up was easy. Most importantly you...More

Thank TashWood
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Koyasan is a terrific place to visit. We stayed overnight at a Shukubo - Jokiin- Temple lodging which we all highly recommend. The village is reasonably compact so we walked everywhere. There’s an excellent bus service if you don’t feel like walking. Highly recommend visiting...More

Thank Geoff K
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3 May 2018|
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Response from Shirley T | Reviewed this property |
I use the website for public photos transport “Jorudan” I google “jorudan english” and then searched for koyasan - NOT koya as San led mountain. It will point you exactly where you need to go
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5 April 2018|
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Unsure, it’s no hassle as all alternative connections run as if getting original.
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19 March 2018|
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Response from Saranger | Reviewed this property |
Our two suitcases (standard 22” rolling bag) were no trouble on the bus in Nov 2017. Others had larger bags. They were placed under the coach in the hold. Small bags were carried with us onboard. The only trouble you may... More
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