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Mt. Koya, Koya-cho

World Heritage Site and headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism, Mt. Koya blends nature and spirituality in utmost harmony. The monk Kūkai first settled here in 816 CE as a retreat from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto; an eternally lit mausoleum in the middle of the immense east-side graveyard pays tribute to him. Visit the western side as well, to see a temple complex with a Kanpon Daitō pagoda in its center. Explore some of the 100 wooden temples dotting the area, and the nearby town's university dedicated to religious studies. To visit Mt. Koya on your holiday in Koya-cho, and find out what else Koya-cho has to offer, use our Koya-cho road trip app .
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  • Took us about 3 hours to get there from Kyoto. Ended up just walking up and down the town, as the forest paths were still closed (2 weeks AFTER the Tyfoon). No where did it say that the place is close...  more »
  • On a group trip for the first time visited the Koyasan. Not even imagine that there is this big town to the top of the mountain and leave a big impression. Look carefully at the travel within a limited time, at a nice travel guide, got to were guided to the point of history and attractions such as the great. Guide I would not travel in a short time, koya fascination many could not understand.
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