Mount Koya
Mount Koya
Mount Koya
Mount Koya
Mount Koya
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A major Buddhism sanctuary established by the great religious figure, Kobo Daishi (or, Kukai, his antemortem name) at the dawn of the Heian era (started from the late 8th century). It was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage under the”Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” in 2004. In addition, it also was awarded three stars in the Japanese version of the Michelin Green Guide.

  • Address

    Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito, Wakayama

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  • Entry fee


  • Opening Hours

    Free entrance to mountain. Toll facilities are open from 8:30-16:30 (entrance is until 16:00).

  • Closed


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  • Best Season

    All year

  • Point

    Kongobu-ji Temple, the head temple of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism is the must-see attraction. Since the area is surrounded by a forest, it may present a solemn atmosphere fit for walking in temple tours, or in the Nanakasumi-yama hiking route.

  • Nearest Station/IC Access

    Walk for 5 minutes from the "Gokurakubashi Station" on the Nankai Electric Railway Koya Line to the Koyasan Cable Car. From the "Koyasan Eki" cable car stop, you can either walk or take a bus to enjoy this place of cultural and religious significance.

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