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Koyasan Okunoin, Koya-cho

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Explore Japan’s largest cemetery, Koyasan Okunoin, situated on Mount Koya among tall, ancient cedar trees. Cross the first bridge to enter the cemetery, which houses over 200,000 tombstones, and enjoy a peaceful 2 km (1.2 mi) walk to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi’s eternal meditation. Wander between tombs of all shapes and sizes, some covered in moss and some more recent, including the final resting places of important lords and monks. You can also take a shorter path passing by a recent cemetery expansion and view a memorial to pests, which was erected by an exterminator company. Using our custom trip planner, Koya-cho attractions like Koyasan Okunoin can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The forest is very spiritual and historic feeling, perhaps one of the high points of visiting Mt Koya -san. For sure if it is a day trip. 
    The forest is very spiritual and historic feeling, perhaps one of the high points of visiting Mt Koya -san. For sure if it is a day trip.  more »
  • Nice experience and our guide was extremely good. Such a rich tradition and was pleasantly surprised to see the details. The night time experience was surreal. We could hear the flying squirrels but.....  more
    Nice experience and our guide was extremely good. Such a rich tradition and was pleasantly surprised to see the details. The night time experience was surreal. We could hear the flying squirrels but.....  more »
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  • Eye-opening experience visiting a cemetery of this nature. The sense of luminous verve is very enlightening. a sacred area with many historic tombstones and the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism.
  • Rightfully one of the most beautiful cemetery in the world. The drive is all worth it.

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