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Mount Koya
高野山

Mount Kōya (高野山 Kōya-san) is a mountain in Wakayama prefecture to the south of Osaka, Japan, primarily known as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.

First settled in 816 by the monk Kūkai as a retreat far away from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto, Mt. Koya is located in a 800m-high valley amid the 8 peaks of the mountain. The original monastery has grown into the town of Koya, featuring a university dedicated to religious studies and over 100 temples, many of which offer lodging to pilgrims.

In 2004, UNESCO designated Mt. Koya as part of a wider World Heritage Site

Mount Kōya (高野山 Kōya-san) is a mountain in Wakayama prefecture to the south of Osaka, Japan, primarily known as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.

First settled in 816 by the monk Kūkai as a retreat far away from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto, Mt. Koya is located in a 800m-high valley amid the 8 peaks of the mountain. The original monastery has grown into the town of Koya, featuring a university dedicated to religious studies and over 100 temples, many of which offer lodging to pilgrims.

In 2004, UNESCO designated Mt. Koya as part of a wider World Heritage Site

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Eat

All temple lodgings on Mt. Koya offer shōjin ryori, purely vegetarian food intended for monks. People who equate vegetarian food with blandness will be surprised - in their hundreds of years of experience with vegetarian cooking, the monks have invented amazingly tasty dishes. A local specialty, Kōya-dōfu, is prepared by freeze-drying and then reconstituting tofu.

  • Hanabishi (花菱), next to the east Senjuinbashi (千手院橋) bus stop, tel. 0736-56-2236. This classy restaurant has been serving customers for over 120 years and is a good option for sampling Buddhist vegetarian fare if you're not staying overnight. A shojin ryori lunch set runs ¥2100, while a full-on multi-course vegetarian kaiseki experience runs ¥5000-10500 (cheaper at lunch). Note that some of the Bento sets are not vegetarian, so stick with shojin ryori for the "real thing".

For those unwilling to eat vegetarian, a number of restaurants offer regular Japanese and Chinese cuisine. There are also many reasonably priced izakaya around the center of town that offer a range of many traditional Japanese pub foods.

  • Ima-chan. A fresh fish based pub on the left hand side of the road on the way to Nyounindo from town, just past the Mausoleum of the Tokugawas, prices range from ¥300-1500 and much of the menu is based on the time of year. English menu not available.
  • Inoue Diagonally across from the CoCo convenience store. Boasts the largest Om-Rice (omelette filled with rice and some meat) in Japan, ¥550. English menu available.
  • Miyasan. Centrally located in the middle of Koyasan, just South of the main traffic lights, it has a menu of about 50 items ranging from ¥200-1000. The inn's banner states that its specialty is fried chicken, although all the items are of high quality. The Ramen is particularly filling. English Menu available.
  • International Cafe (Bon An Sha). Located on the the left hand side of the main road as one walks from the centre of town to Okunoin cemetery, 150m from the main traffic lights, this cafe and art gallery specialises in organic vegetarian lunches (price varies depending on contents of set. ¥800-1200). The menu changes daily, and a number of homemade cakes are available, as well as coffees and teas (¥300). The couple who run the cafe are collectively native speakers of French, English and Japanese and also fluent in Italian and Mandarin Chinese.

Eat

All temple lodgings on Mt. Koya offer shōjin ryori, purely vegetarian food intended for monks. People who equate vegetarian food with blandness will be surprised - in their hundreds of years of experience with vegetarian cooking, the monks have invented amazingly tasty dishes. A local specialty, Kōya-dōfu, is prepared by freeze-drying and then reconstituting tofu.

  • Hanabishi (花菱), next to the east Senjuinbashi (千手院橋) bus stop, tel. 0736-56-2236. This classy restaurant has been serving customers for over 120 years and is a good option for sampling Buddhist vegetarian fare if you're not staying overnight. A shojin ryori lunch set runs ¥2100, while a full-on multi-course vegetarian kaiseki experience runs ¥5000-10500 (cheaper at lunch). Note that some of the Bento sets are not vegetarian, so stick with shojin ryori for the "real thing".

For those unwilling to eat vegetarian, a number of restaurants offer regular Japanese and Chinese cuisine. There are also many reasonably priced izakaya around the center of town that offer a range of many traditional Japanese pub foods.

  • Ima-chan. A fresh fish based pub on the left hand side of the road on the way to Nyounindo from town, just past the Mausoleum of the Tokugawas, prices range from ¥300-1500 and much of the menu is based on the time of year. English menu not available.
  • Inoue Diagonally across from the CoCo convenience store. Boasts the largest Om-Rice (omelette filled with rice and some meat) in Japan, ¥550. English menu available.
  • Miyasan. Centrally located in the middle of Koyasan, just South of the main traffic lights, it has a menu of about 50 items ranging from ¥200-1000. The inn's banner states that its specialty is fried chicken, although all the items are of high quality. The Ramen is particularly filling. English Menu available.
  • International Cafe (Bon An Sha). Located on the the left hand side of the main road as one walks from the centre of town to Okunoin cemetery, 150m from the main traffic lights, this cafe and art gallery specialises in organic vegetarian lunches (price varies depending on contents of set. ¥800-1200). The menu changes daily, and a number of homemade cakes are available, as well as coffees and teas (¥300). The couple who run the cafe are collectively native speakers of French, English and Japanese and also fluent in Italian and Mandarin Chinese.

Do

Hiking around Mount Koya is a good option. Among many courses, there is one that starts at Daimon (大門、big gate), hiking up to a tiny shrine at the top of Bentengaku (弁天岳), and then down to Nyonindou (女人堂). Not a difficult hike, and should take only a couple of hours, depending on how often you stop on the way to take photos. You can encounter a few species of lizards and snakes along the way, such as jimuguri (ジムグリ, Japanese Forest Ratsnake), the Japanese five-lined skink, and the Japanese grass lizard. From the top you can see all the way south to Wakayama city and the ocean.

Do

Hiking around Mount Koya is a good option. Among many courses, there is one that starts at Daimon (大門、big gate), hiking up to a tiny shrine at the top of Bentengaku (弁天岳), and then down to Nyonindou (女人堂). Not a difficult hike, and should take only a couple of hours, depending on how often you stop on the way to take photos. You can encounter a few species of lizards and snakes along the way, such as jimuguri (ジムグリ, Japanese Forest Ratsnake), the Japanese five-lined skink, and the Japanese grass lizard. From the top you can see all the way south to Wakayama city and the ocean.

See

The mountain is home to the following famous sites:

  • To the east of town is Oku-no-In (奥の院), the mausoleum of Kukai, lit by thousands of lanterns. According to tradition, the lights have been lit since Kukai's death over 1000 years ago.
  • The mausoleum is surrounded by an atmospheric and immense graveyard, set among giant cedar trees with winding paths throughput. Particularly interesting are the many fanciful gravestones, including giant spaceships and cups erected respectively by an astronautical and coffee company, and a monument erected by a pesticide company to commemorate all its insect victims.
  • The Garan (伽藍) is a temple complex designed by Kukai on the western side of town. In its center is the Konpon Daitō (根本大塔) pagoda, which according to Shingon doctrine represents the central point of a mandala covering not only Mt. Koya but all of Japan.
  • Kongōbu-ji Temple (金剛峯寺) is the sprawling yet atmospheric headquarters of the Shingon sect, with a stone garden that outclasses many of Kyoto's best. Entry ¥500, including a rice cracker and a cup of tea.

Most (if not all) sights close at 5 pm, so there's only little to do in the evening unless you are staying in a temple.

See

The mountain is home to the following famous sites:

  • To the east of town is Oku-no-In (奥の院), the mausoleum of Kukai, lit by thousands of lanterns. According to tradition, the lights have been lit since Kukai's death over 1000 years ago.
  • The mausoleum is surrounded by an atmospheric and immense graveyard, set among giant cedar trees with winding paths throughput. Particularly interesting are the many fanciful gravestones, including giant spaceships and cups erected respectively by an astronautical and coffee company, and a monument erected by a pesticide company to commemorate all its insect victims.
  • The Garan (伽藍) is a temple complex designed by Kukai on the western side of town. In its center is the Konpon Daitō (根本大塔) pagoda, which according to Shingon doctrine represents the central point of a mandala covering not only Mt. Koya but all of Japan.
  • Kongōbu-ji Temple (金剛峯寺) is the sprawling yet atmospheric headquarters of the Shingon sect, with a stone garden that outclasses many of Kyoto's best. Entry ¥500, including a rice cracker and a cup of tea.

Most (if not all) sights close at 5 pm, so there's only little to do in the evening unless you are staying in a temple.

Understand

First settled in 816 by the monk Kūkai as a retreat far away from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto, Mt. Koya is located in a 800m-high valley amid the 8 peaks of the mountain. The original monastery has grown into the town of Koya, featuring a university dedicated to religious studies and over 100 temples, many of which offer lodging to pilgrims.

In 2004, UNESCO designated Mt. Koya as part of a wider World Heritage Site

Understand

First settled in 816 by the monk Kūkai as a retreat far away from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto, Mt. Koya is located in a 800m-high valley amid the 8 peaks of the mountain. The original monastery has grown into the town of Koya, featuring a university dedicated to religious studies and over 100 temples, many of which offer lodging to pilgrims.

In 2004, UNESCO designated Mt. Koya as part of a wider World Heritage Site

Go next

Many of the pilgrims visiting Mount Koya are on their way to start the 88 Temple Pilgrimage on the island of Shikoku.

Not far outside Koya, approx. 15 min by car, is Otaki, a small town aptly named for the large waterfalls at its entrance. Once past Okunoin, take the Ryujin Skyline towards Shirahama and look for a small sign about 15 min down the road. The entrance should be on the right. Take the small road downward for about 2 minutes and the 2 large waterfalls should be visible from the road. It is an especially nice place to stop and have a picnic before leaving Koya.

Go next

Many of the pilgrims visiting Mount Koya are on their way to start the 88 Temple Pilgrimage on the island of Shikoku.

Not far outside Koya, approx. 15 min by car, is Otaki, a small town aptly named for the large waterfalls at its entrance. Once past Okunoin, take the Ryujin Skyline towards Shirahama and look for a small sign about 15 min down the road. The entrance should be on the right. Take the small road downward for about 2 minutes and the 2 large waterfalls should be visible from the road. It is an especially nice place to stop and have a picnic before leaving Koya.

Get in

By train

The mountain is accessible primarily by the Nankai Electric Railway from Namba Station in Osaka, which connects to Gokurakubashi at the base of the mountain. Koya limited expresses take 80 minutes and cost ¥1610, while ordinary expresses are lower priced at ¥1210 and take only 10 minutes longer at 90 minutes. The final half of the trip is a slow climb up into the mountains and extremely scenic in good weather.

If you are traveling to Koyasan from Kyoto, you can use a JR pass to get to Tennoji on the Kansai Airport Express train. You will then need to change to the Osaka Loop train and get off at Shin Imamiya, where you can transfer to the Nankai (private) express train. At this point you will need to pay approx. ¥1230 to get from Shin Imamiya to the top of Mount Koya (includes the cable car ride). Depending on the time of day, you may need to transfer at one of the stops before ending up at Gokurakubashi, though if you time your trip right, you can take an Express train straight to the foot of the mountain at Gokurakubashi.

A cable car from Gokurakubashi then whisks visitors to the top in 5 minutes for ¥360. From the cable car station you'll have to take a bus to town (5-15 minutes depending on your destination). Train, cable car and bus schedules are synchronized so this works better than it may sound. Actually, at least some of them are so well synchronized that you only have a couple of minutes in between. So don't count on a toilet break on the station.

A good value way to reach Koya-san is to purchase the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket for ¥2,780 (express) or ¥3,310 (ltd express) available from the Nankai ticket counter. This ticket includes round trip train, cable car, and all-day bus pass. This ticket works for either a single day trip or for staying one night on Koyasan. Also gives coupons for small discounts to popular destinations on the mountain.

In the spring (April 1 to June 30) and autumn (October 1 - November 30) the 'Koyasan one day ticket' (高野山1dayチケット) may be purchased. This is similar to the ticket above but also includes connection to a single private railway, giving good value for money. For example, Hankyu (¥3000), Hanshin (¥2900), Keihan (¥3000), Kintetsu (¥2980), etc. (Japanese)

JR passes cannot be used for the journey; the closest JR station is in Hashimoto, some 20 km away.

By car

If you have your own set of wheels, you can also head east towards Ise or south to Ryujin Onsen and southern Wakayama. Both roads are small and there is no public transportation, but daring souls might try hitching.

On foot

Before the train and cable car connection, which was built in the early 20th century, the only way to reach Mt. Koya was via the ancient pilgrim trail called the Chōishi-michi (町石道) which is still maintained and marked with stone pillars every chō (about 108 meters) - these have given the trail its name. It begins in the town of Kudoyama (九度山), which is a stop on the Nankai train line to Mt. Koya, at the (rather interesting in itself) Jison temple (慈尊院). To reach the temple from the station follow the main road downhill and across the bridge keeping an eye out for the green signage on the left. Note that free detailed English and Japanese hiking maps are available from Jison. If you want to do the Japanese thing, you can pick up a souvenier stamp rally card too - note the 7th and final stamp can only be obtained during business hours.

The trail is about 22km long, ascends about 700 meters (most of this in the first and last quarters) and can be walked in about 7 hours plus resting time, offering a very rewarding hiking experience. In reality, you'll likely want to take the side-detour roughly 1/3 of the way up, adding a third world heritage site on to your journey as well as an extra 2-3km depending upon approach. Local signage claims there is guest house accomodation at this point but this is unconfirmed.

Fire is prohibited, but there is nothing stopping you from camping in one of the observation huts along the way. In fact, like many such huts in Japan, locals have stashed a couple of ground mats in the rafters of one roughly 2/3 of the way up, just past the Yatate Jaya Teahouse.

You can also ask the resident monk at Jison if you can camp on the grounds, if you want to get an early start; there is a little graveled area, just beside the toilets, on which he'll probably let you sleep.

Get in

By train

The mountain is accessible primarily by the Nankai Electric Railway from Namba Station in Osaka, which connects to Gokurakubashi at the base of the mountain. Koya limited expresses take 80 minutes and cost ¥1610, while ordinary expresses are lower priced at ¥1210 and take only 10 minutes longer at 90 minutes. The final half of the trip is a slow climb up into the mountains and extremely scenic in good weather.

If you are traveling to Koyasan from Kyoto, you can use a JR pass to get to Tennoji on the Kansai Airport Express train. You will then need to change to the Osaka Loop train and get off at Shin Imamiya, where you can transfer to the Nankai (private) express train. At this point you will need to pay approx. ¥1230 to get from Shin Imamiya to the top of Mount Koya (includes the cable car ride). Depending on the time of day, you may need to transfer at one of the stops before ending up at Gokurakubashi, though if you time your trip right, you can take an Express train straight to the foot of the mountain at Gokurakubashi.

A cable car from Gokurakubashi then whisks visitors to the top in 5 minutes for ¥360. From the cable car station you'll have to take a bus to town (5-15 minutes depending on your destination). Train, cable car and bus schedules are synchronized so this works better than it may sound. Actually, at least some of them are so well synchronized that you only have a couple of minutes in between. So don't count on a toilet break on the station.

A good value way to reach Koya-san is to purchase the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket for ¥2,780 (express) or ¥3,310 (ltd express) available from the Nankai ticket counter. This ticket includes round trip train, cable car, and all-day bus pass. This ticket works for either a single day trip or for staying one night on Koyasan. Also gives coupons for small discounts to popular destinations on the mountain.

In the spring (April 1 to June 30) and autumn (October 1 - November 30) the 'Koyasan one day ticket' (高野山1dayチケット) may be purchased. This is similar to the ticket above but also includes connection to a single private railway, giving good value for money. For example, Hankyu (¥3000), Hanshin (¥2900), Keihan (¥3000), Kintetsu (¥2980), etc. (Japanese)

JR passes cannot be used for the journey; the closest JR station is in Hashimoto, some 20 km away.

By car

If you have your own set of wheels, you can also head east towards Ise or south to Ryujin Onsen and southern Wakayama. Both roads are small and there is no public transportation, but daring souls might try hitching.

On foot

Before the train and cable car connection, which was built in the early 20th century, the only way to reach Mt. Koya was via the ancient pilgrim trail called the Chōishi-michi (町石道) which is still maintained and marked with stone pillars every chō (about 108 meters) - these have given the trail its name. It begins in the town of Kudoyama (九度山), which is a stop on the Nankai train line to Mt. Koya, at the (rather interesting in itself) Jison temple (慈尊院). To reach the temple from the station follow the main road downhill and across the bridge keeping an eye out for the green signage on the left. Note that free detailed English and Japanese hiking maps are available from Jison. If you want to do the Japanese thing, you can pick up a souvenier stamp rally card too - note the 7th and final stamp can only be obtained during business hours.

The trail is about 22km long, ascends about 700 meters (most of this in the first and last quarters) and can be walked in about 7 hours plus resting time, offering a very rewarding hiking experience. In reality, you'll likely want to take the side-detour roughly 1/3 of the way up, adding a third world heritage site on to your journey as well as an extra 2-3km depending upon approach. Local signage claims there is guest house accomodation at this point but this is unconfirmed.

Fire is prohibited, but there is nothing stopping you from camping in one of the observation huts along the way. In fact, like many such huts in Japan, locals have stashed a couple of ground mats in the rafters of one roughly 2/3 of the way up, just past the Yatate Jaya Teahouse.

You can also ask the resident monk at Jison if you can camp on the grounds, if you want to get an early start; there is a little graveled area, just beside the toilets, on which he'll probably let you sleep.

Stay safe

If choosing to take the hike up from Kudoyama, in addition to the regular hiking precautions, consider that roughly 1 km of the course runs directly beside a golf course. In addition to stray balls (wear a hat), it seems the owner may be fighting an insane one-sided border dispute because, as of June 2010, around where the trail doubles as an access road, somebody has installed a couple of electrified tripwires over the trail, which appear to be hooked up to the golf links. Be aware.

An otherwise complete set of localised advisories can be found on the English or Japanese hiking maps available at the temple at the very start of the course.

Stay safe

If choosing to take the hike up from Kudoyama, in addition to the regular hiking precautions, consider that roughly 1 km of the course runs directly beside a golf course. In addition to stray balls (wear a hat), it seems the owner may be fighting an insane one-sided border dispute because, as of June 2010, around where the trail doubles as an access road, somebody has installed a couple of electrified tripwires over the trail, which appear to be hooked up to the golf links. Be aware.

An otherwise complete set of localised advisories can be found on the English or Japanese hiking maps available at the temple at the very start of the course.

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

About half of the over 120 temples in town offer lodging for pilgrims, known as shukubō in Japanese. Prices vary between ¥9,000 and ¥15,000 per night and include two meals. You will be offered the opportunity to join in the morning prayer session, a hypnotic experience involving sutra chanting, incense and gongs. Outside the main season, you can just show up at the Koya cable car station and book from there, but generally reservations are preferred. A full list is available here, but note that not all temples are set up to handle visitors who don't speak Japanese.

  • Daienin (大圓院 or 大円院), tel. 0736-56-2009, . A fairly typical temple, centrally located (walking distance to both ends of town) and run by a friendly bunch of monks who know a little English. Large breakfasts (7:10am) and dinners (5:30pm) are provided by the monks, who retrieve you from your room when the meals are ready. They will also come to get you in the morning for morning worship (5:55am), so be awake and ready! Temple curfew is 10pm by the sliding door although the main gate closes at 6pm. Rate per person per night was ¥9500 in May 2011.
  • Koyasan Onsen Fukuchi-in (福智院), 657 Koya San, Koya-cho (1 min on foot from Keisatsusho-mae stop), +81-736-56-2021. The natural hot springs of Koya-san are available only at this hotel, are open 24 hours a day, and strictly for staying guests. Only vegetarian dishes are served here, and the meals, which feature seasonal ingredients, are painstakingly planned and prepared by the head chef with a different course every month. from ¥22.000.

While the monks don't drink, alcohol is available to guests at dinner, and perhaps even from a vending machine. Temples have set hours at which the front gate is opened and closed, and the time the bath is available. This curfew can be as early as 9 PM, so don't expect to head out after dinner — although you'll want to go to bed early anyway if you want to attend the morning prayers around 5 AM!

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

About half of the over 120 temples in town offer lodging for pilgrims, known as shukubō in Japanese. Prices vary between ¥9,000 and ¥15,000 per night and include two meals. You will be offered the opportunity to join in the morning prayer session, a hypnotic experience involving sutra chanting, incense and gongs. Outside the main season, you can just show up at the Koya cable car station and book from there, but generally reservations are preferred. A full list is available here, but note that not all temples are set up to handle visitors who don't speak Japanese.

  • Daienin (大圓院 or 大円院), tel. 0736-56-2009, . A fairly typical temple, centrally located (walking distance to both ends of town) and run by a friendly bunch of monks who know a little English. Large breakfasts (7:10am) and dinners (5:30pm) are provided by the monks, who retrieve you from your room when the meals are ready. They will also come to get you in the morning for morning worship (5:55am), so be awake and ready! Temple curfew is 10pm by the sliding door although the main gate closes at 6pm. Rate per person per night was ¥9500 in May 2011.
  • Koyasan Onsen Fukuchi-in (福智院), 657 Koya San, Koya-cho (1 min on foot from Keisatsusho-mae stop), +81-736-56-2021. The natural hot springs of Koya-san are available only at this hotel, are open 24 hours a day, and strictly for staying guests. Only vegetarian dishes are served here, and the meals, which feature seasonal ingredients, are painstakingly planned and prepared by the head chef with a different course every month. from ¥22.000.

While the monks don't drink, alcohol is available to guests at dinner, and perhaps even from a vending machine. Temples have set hours at which the front gate is opened and closed, and the time the bath is available. This curfew can be as early as 9 PM, so don't expect to head out after dinner — although you'll want to go to bed early anyway if you want to attend the morning prayers around 5 AM!

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  • Many of the small temples here offer over night accommodation and meals at and price and quality similar to a traditional Ryokan but with the added interest allowing to explore of the Buddhist philosophy at the same time!
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SNOWING AT THE TOP OF SACRED MOUNT KOYA, JAPAN (Travel Vlog Ep. 35)
SNOWING AT THE TOP OF SACRED MOUNT KOYA, JAPAN (Travel Vlog Ep. 35)
Nara & Koyasan, Japan // Travel Vlog // Episode 35 FOLLOW US; https://www.instagram.com/nigel.hubbard/ After exploring the deer filled city of Nara we headed further south to the Buddhist...

Japan, Part Two - Koyasan & Nara
Japan, Part Two - Koyasan & Nara
In part two, we leave the robotic city of Tokyo, and head to a quieter more serene vibe at the buddhist retreat of Mt. Koyasan. After a night sleeping in a buddhist temple, drinking tea and...

Hakone and Koyasan
Hakone and Koyasan
Music by Tessa Violet - "Dream" from her EP: Halloway Amanda and I started our trip to japan by heading off to Hakone and then made Wakayama our homebase for Mt Koya.

Osaka, City of Neon Nightscapes | Travel With My Dear Self ... |
Osaka, City of Neon Nightscapes | Travel With My Dear Self ... |
This is my first time traveling Japan without my dear :'(... Which made solo filming and exploring at the same time quite challenging/akward at times ;D... But in the end, it was an amazing...

Train to Okunoin, Koyasan to Osaka to Kyoto! | Japan Vlog
Train to Okunoin, Koyasan to Osaka to Kyoto! | Japan Vlog
Come along on my first two days in Kansai, where I visit Okunoin Cemetery in Koyasan, a really cool cafe in Osaka, and finally my Airbnb in Kyoto :) More here! http://www.goseoulmellow.com/home/20...

Traveling to Koyasan (高野山) from Nankai Hashimoto Station, Wakayama Prefecture
Traveling to Koyasan (高野山) from Nankai Hashimoto Station, Wakayama Prefecture
If you are taking JR Wakayama line or Nankai Koya Line, to get to Koyasan (高野山), most of the time you may have to switch trains to go to Koyasan at Hashimoto station. Initially...

Travel Tips: Koya-san  |  Wakayama, Japan.
Travel Tips: Koya-san | Wakayama, Japan.
Another of my absolutely favourite places that I've visited during my time in Japan. Mount Koya is unbelievably beautiful and definitely worth a trip if you're in the area! I hope this video...

Japan Trip: UNESCO World Heritage Site…Mount Koya, Wakayama 17
Japan Trip: UNESCO World Heritage Site…Mount Koya, Wakayama 17
Japan Trip: UNESCO World Heritage Site…Mount Koya, Wakayama 17 Mount Koya (Koyasan)、in Wakayama, is the center of Shingon Buddhism. Shingon Buddhism was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo...

KOYASAN | Unique Stay at a Japanese Buddhist Temple
KOYASAN | Unique Stay at a Japanese Buddhist Temple
From Osaka I travelled to Mount Koya, also known as Koyasan for an overnight stay at Ekoin, a 1200 year old Buddhist temple. I'm staying at a shukubo, a pelgrim lodging at a buddhist temple....

Japan Trip | Part 2 | Mt. Koya & Mt. Fuji Typhoon
Japan Trip | Part 2 | Mt. Koya & Mt. Fuji Typhoon
Climbed Mt. Fuji in a typhoon. Took 8 from Mt. Koya + a funicular. Enjoyed Dotonburi area of Osaka... Our last attraction in Kyoto Japan was the Kinkakuji golden temple. Traveling to Mt. Koya,...

和歌山弁 Koyasan 高野山日帰りコース 【 Travel Japan うろうろ和歌山 】Mount Koya
和歌山弁 Koyasan 高野山日帰りコース 【 Travel Japan うろうろ和歌山 】Mount Koya
こんにちわ しょうこです。世界遺産高野山の案内をします。 高野山(こうやさん)は、 和歌山県伊都郡高野町にある標高約800mの場所にありま...

Koyasan - Japan Trip 2013 - Day 5
Koyasan - Japan Trip 2013 - Day 5
Koyasan - Japan Trip 2013 - Day 5 We took the morning train from Osaka to Kyosan and spent the night at the temple. Japan Trip 2013: Day 5 Koyasan http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4900.html...

Japan: Mount Koya (高野山, Kōyasan)
Japan: Mount Koya (高野山, Kōyasan)
Mount Koya (高野山, Kōyasan) is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan's most...

A Trip to Mount Koya, Wakayama, Japan
A Trip to Mount Koya, Wakayama, Japan
On Saturday, June 19, 2015, a good friend of mine and I went to Koya-san near Wakayama City, Japan. It took us almost 3 hours by car to get there, but the whole trip was totally worth it! Mount...

Best Temple in Japan. Koyasan Temple (My opinon that is)
Best Temple in Japan. Koyasan Temple (My opinon that is)
Koyasan is a Buddhist Temple located at the top of Mount Koya. This is one of the most religious places in Japan. In my opinion the best Temple in all of Japan. Beautiful wooded area surrounded...

Mt. Koya, Japan [TofuguTV]
Mt. Koya, Japan [TofuguTV]
Read More About Mt. Koya! http://tofugu.com/2012/12/18/mt-koya-japan/ I went to Koyasan with the Gakuranman in this episode of TofuguTV. Koya has got to be one of my favorite places ever....

A Buddhist Temple Stay on Sacred Mt. Koya, Japan
A Buddhist Temple Stay on Sacred Mt. Koya, Japan
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Mt. Koya was founded 12 centuries ago by the great Buddhist monk, Kobo Daishi Kukai as a center for Shingon Buddhist training. He wanted to establish a monastery...

Adventures in Kansai: Journey to Koyasan
Adventures in Kansai: Journey to Koyasan
Subscribe to my channel Where Next Japan to see awesome places to travel, cultural tips and events, and what it's like to live, work and love in Japan. The Adventures in Kansai series is...

Koya Town Tourism Promotion : KOYASAN JAPAN ~Destination of the Soul~ (高野山観光PRビデオ) Japan Trip
Koya Town Tourism Promotion : KOYASAN JAPAN ~Destination of the Soul~ (高野山観光PRビデオ) Japan Trip
企画 制作 高野町 Produced by Koya Town 監督 大森一樹 Directed by Kazuki Ohmori、 出演 カリナダナイロバ Cast KalinaDanailova 制作 株式会社大阪ヒューマンネッ...

Koyasan, Japan April 2016
Koyasan, Japan April 2016
Koyasan, Japan April 2016.

Staying with Buddhist monks - Koyasan, Japan
Staying with Buddhist monks - Koyasan, Japan
Day 14 we drove down to Koysan, where we stayed at a Buddhist Temple. Koyasan is the center of Japanes Buddhism. Music By: SF Radio, Damu the Fudgemunk, Leo the...: https://soundcloud.com/thesixt...

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Fudodo (不動堂)
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koryu mon
【国宝】登録名称は「金堂峯寺不動堂」…建久8年(1197年)、鳥羽上皇の皇女である八條女院内親王というお方が発願され、行勝上人によって建立されました。もともと一心院谷に建てられていましたが、後世になって伽藍へ移築されました。 現在の建物は14世紀前半に再建されたものです。お堂の四隅はすべて形が違い、四人の工匠がそれぞれの随意に造ったためと伝えられています。
Distance: 0.51 km
Christine Liu
delicious japanese food 🥘
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豊臣家墓所
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中央奥の一番大きな五輪塔が豊臣秀吉のもの。
Distance: 1.97 km
精進料理 はちよう
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Huiyi Chia
テイクアウトのおでんがおいしい!
Distance: 1.75 km
은영 최
Un petit musée regroupant quelques très belles pièces liées aux temples de la montagne. Inclus dans le billet multi-entrées.
Distance: 0.48 km
レストラン楊柳
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Nao K
Welcome to the Travyde travel guide to Mount Koya! Find out what to see, do, explore, buy, eat, and sleep in Mount Koya, as well as suggested itineraries, feedback from other traveller's, travel blog entries, video guides, relevant social media content and much more. Mount Kōya (高野山 Kōya-san) is a mountain in Wakayama prefecture to the south of Osaka, Japan, primarily known as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.Understand First settled in 816 by the monk Kūkai as a retreat far away from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto, Mt. Koya is located in a 800m-high valley amid the 8 peaks of the mountain. The original monastery has grown into the town of Koya, featuring a university dedicated to religious studies and over 100 temples, many of which offer lodging to pilgrims. In 2004, UNESCO design
Distance: 1.8 km
You have to Q, no reserve!!
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養花天
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Come here!
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除了精緻的和菓子,亦有現場製作的やき餅(紅豆餡)、甘酒饅頭等,十分推薦包核桃的くるみ餅(110円),不死甜又能品嘗到核桃和黃豆粉的香氣,很樸實但香韻餘存的點心。店家也相當親切,即使只買一個也會詢問是否要在店内座位食用。
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Welcome to the Travyde travel guide to Mount Koya! Find out what to see, do, explore, buy, eat, and sleep in Mount Koya, as well as suggested itineraries, feedback from other traveller's, travel blog entries, video guides, relevant social media content and much more. Mount Kōya (高野山 Kōya-san) is a mountain in Wakayama prefecture to the south of Osaka, Japan, primarily known as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.Understand First settled in 816 by the monk Kūkai as a retreat far away from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto, Mt. Koya is located in a 800m-high valley amid the 8 peaks of the mountain. The original monastery has grown into the town of Koya, featuring a university dedicated to religious studies and over 100 temples, many of which offer lodging to pilgrims. In 2004, UNESCO design
Distance: 0.03 km
胡麻豆腐 濱田屋
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yakiyaki jijii
店内でも頂けます。わさび・デザート(和三盆)各300円。持ち帰りは6個〜売り切れ御免なので、持ち帰りは予約しておくのがベター。外のお水は胡麻豆腐を作っている水で飲む事もできます。
Distance: 0.24 km
Jaspère Lynn
Welcome to the Travyde travel guide to Mount Koya! Find out what to see, do, explore, buy, eat, and sleep in Mount Koya, as well as suggested itineraries, feedback from other traveller's, travel blog entries, video guides, relevant social media content and much more. Mount Kōya (高野山 Kōya-san) is a mountain in Wakayama prefecture to the south of Osaka, Japan, primarily known as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.Understand First settled in 816 by the monk Kūkai as a retreat far away from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto, Mt. Koya is located in a 800m-high valley amid the 8 peaks of the mountain. The original monastery has grown into the town of Koya, featuring a university dedicated to religious studies and over 100 temples, many of which offer lodging to pilgrims. In 2004, UNESCO design
Distance: 0.15 km
精進料理 丸万
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高野山・千手院橋にほど近い純和風の素朴な造りの和食店。寿司定食を頂きました。カットされた太巻きとおいなりと温かいおうどんのセットで美味しく頂いました。
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高野山 東塔
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白河法皇の御願により大治二年(1127)に落慶した。
Distance: 0.46 km
Welcome to the Travyde travel guide to Mount Koya! Find out what to see, do, explore, buy, eat, and sleep in Mount Koya, as well as suggested itineraries, feedback from other traveller's, travel blog entries, video guides, relevant social media content and much more. Mount Kōya (高野山 Kōya-san) is a mountain in Wakayama prefecture to the south of Osaka, Japan, primarily known as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.Understand First settled in 816 by the monk Kūkai as a retreat far away from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto, Mt. Koya is located in a 800m-high valley amid the 8 peaks of the mountain. The original monastery has grown into the town of Koya, featuring a university dedicated to religious studies and over 100 temples, many of which offer lodging to pilgrims. In 2004, UNESCO design
Distance: 0.22 km
高野山 奥の院 参道
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Iwasaki Koichi
Walk through in the dark.
Distance: 1.76 km
梵恩舎
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チャイと豆腐のチーズケーキ。ケーキはバナナと黒胡麻がたっぷりでさっぱりしてて美味しかった!
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Bon On Shya (梵恩舎)
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Make sure you enjoy all the potteries and paintings and musics!
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ミッチー中華飯店
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微笑みデブ (cvユウちゃん)
アットホームで大好きです!
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ながと あおい
高野山のファミマです。パスタとか高野山内だとここぐらいかも?
Distance: 0.73 km
JUNJI NAKAMURA
高野山名物といえばごまどうふ。ごまどうふといえば、濱田屋やこちら。当日食べられるのであれば生を是非とも推したい。
Distance: 0.89 km
Takahiro Tsuchimoto
Great place to re-fuel after a day exploring Koyasan
Distance: 0.75 km
高野茶屋 和久
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Hajime N
Welcome to the Travyde travel guide to Mount Koya! Find out what to see, do, explore, buy, eat, and sleep in Mount Koya, as well as suggested itineraries, feedback from other traveller's, travel blog entries, video guides, relevant social media content and much more. Mount Kōya (高野山 Kōya-san) is a mountain in Wakayama prefecture to the south of Osaka, Japan, primarily known as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.Understand First settled in 816 by the monk Kūkai as a retreat far away from the courtly intrigues of Kyoto, Mt. Koya is located in a 800m-high valley amid the 8 peaks of the mountain. The original monastery has grown into the town of Koya, featuring a university dedicated to religious studies and over 100 temples, many of which offer lodging to pilgrims. In 2004, UNESCO design
Distance: 1.83 km
「笹巻きあんぶ」が美味しい!"A ja0anese bean jam cake wrapped in bamboo leaves" is delicious!
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