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Okunoin Temple

奥之院

"One of the Two Great Holy Sites of Mt. Koyasan, this land is where Kukai (Kobo Daishi) died while meditating. There is also a mausoleum where Kukai is said to still be meditating today. On the two-kilometer approach path that connects to the mausoleum features cedar trees which are 700 years old, as well as over 200,000 gravestones and memorial monuments of royalty to commoners. The toro lantern tower in front of the mausoleum is a must-see. At the front on the inside, the Kishin lanterns devoted by Kishin shonin and the Shirakawa lanterns devoted by the Emperor Shirakawa have remained burning for over 1000 years as an ""unquenched flame."" The area ahead of the Gobyo bridge closest to the mausoleum is holy land, so taking photographs is prohibited."

LOCATION
Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan
PHONE
0736562011
Hours
[Gyosho] (May-Oct.) 8:00-17:00, (Nov.-Apr.) 8:30-16:30 [Dangodo] 6:00-17:00 ※ Changed depending on the event
Closed
open everyday
Fees
Free
Parking Lot
Available(186spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Updated at: April 14, 2020 Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN

Reviews

  • Reviewed
    2019-12-30
    Impressive environment

    This cemetery is an impressive area to be. Different times, various experiences. During early morning the path to the Tororo temple to join the chanting of the monks (5-7am) or during day time to... more

    Date of visit:
    2019-12
  • Reviewed
    2019-12-28
    Historic place

    Well worth a visit. Historic and culturally important place of Japan, if you go first time Id say a day is required. more

    Date of visit:
    2019-02
  • Reviewed
    2019-12-15
    Haunting

    This is a must-see. I was ambling down the road and I happened to stumble upon the cemetery. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It’s haunting and peaceful, a beautiful way to spend a few hours... more

    Date of visit:
    2019-12
  • Reviewed
    2019-12-10
    HUGE Cemetery in the mountains & trees

    We used our Kansai Thru Pass which counts for the rail and the tram up the mountain AND the bus to the cemetery (highly recommend this pass) which took about 2.5 hours. Okunoin Mae is a very large... more

    Date of visit:
    2019-11
  • Reviewed
    2019-12-09
    Incredible Sight in a location Filled with Incredible Sights

    A thousand year old cemetery with thousands of graves. An other wordly experience. One of the best experiences during 3 active weeks in Japan. more

    Date of visit:
    2019-11
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