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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
[Ovenue] (May-Oct.) 8:00-17:00, (Nov.-Apr.) 8:30-16:30[Tsuido] 6:00-17:00※ There is a change by the event
Closed
open everyday
Fees
Free
Parking Lot
Available(186spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Updated at: October 1, 2019 Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN

Reviews

  • Reviewed
    2018-12-01
    Beautiful cemetery with interesting backstory

    I spent several hours wandering around Okunoin cemetery and the nearby temple with a Buddhist monk on a private tour. It was absolutely worthwhile since I gained understanding of the history and... more

    Date of visit:
    2018-10
  • Reviewed
    2018-12-01
    Step into a world of peacefulness

    It’s another UNESCO Heritage Site that’s worth the visit. Absolutely serenity to be experienced. Take the Nankai line to reach Koyasan and you will not regret it. more

    Date of visit:
    2018-11
  • Reviewed
    2018-11-30
    You need somebody to explain it

    One of the best visits in Japan. A whole open air museum of mausoleums walking along a long way up the mountain:relaxing. Take your time, it is very big/long. more

    Date of visit:
    2018-10
  • Reviewed
    2018-11-23
    The most beautiful temple complex

    It was the most impressive temple complex i have seen on my japan trip. It was so sad to see there there were some graves and trees destroyed through the taifun. There was no mobile contact possiblle... more

    Date of visit:
    2018-10
  • Reviewed
    2018-11-22
    Magic and spiritual

    We wandered through this sacred cemetery twice (at lunchtime and at 5am) in awe of the history, peacefulness and beauty of the place. If you're into photography, the opportunities are dramatic and... more

    Date of visit:
    2018-11
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