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Mount Koya

Japan

Why Mount Koya?

A peaceful and scenic area in the mountains

Koyasan, or Mount Koya is the name of mountains in Wakayama Prefecture to the south of Osaka. It is the centre of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805. The area has its own unique and peaceful atmosphere.

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Mount Koya Highlights

Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Mount Koya.

Mount Koya, Japan

Stay in a Buddhist Temple

As the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism in Japan over 1,200 years ago, Mount Koya is widely regarded as one of the most sacred places in the country. A night in a traditional Buddhist Temple, eating Buddhist vegetarian meals and watching the dawn prayer service is an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Mount Koya, Japan

Okunoin Cemetery

This spiritual Buddhist cemetery located on Mount Koya, contains over 200,000 gravestones and monuments. The Kobo Daishi Mausoleum, the most important, is believed to be where Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism, is resting in eternal meditation as he awaits the Buddha of the Future, The cemetery's magical Torodo Hall is filled with 10,000 lanterns, which are said to have been illuminated for over 900 years and will continue for eternity.

Mount Koya, Japan

Ride the Gokurakubashi Funicular

As the name suggests, Mount Koya is high up and the only transport option is on the Gokurakubashi Funicular which whisks visitors up the mountainside in a cable car between Gokurakubashi stations and the Koyasan bus station. The views are incredible and the journey is a real treat!

A selection of tours to Mount Koya

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    Japan Heritage

    15 day tour from £3,899

    Explore Japan’s classic sights, starting in the exciting capital city of Tokyo, famous for its fresh sushi.

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    Great Trail of Japan

    17 day tour from £4,699

    Journey through Japan, taking in some of the most picturesque locations.

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    3 day tour from £326

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