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Okunoin Temple

奥之院

One of the two most sacred sites on Mt. Koya and the location where the great monk Kukai entered an eternal state of meditation. It is said that Kukai still meditates within the temple’s mausoleum. 700-year-old Japanese cedars enclose the two kilometer temple path, which passes through the mausoleum and is lined with over 200 thousand tombstones and cenotaphs belonging to all classes of people, from emperor to commoner. The stately stone lanterns standing just before the mausoleum are also a must-see. The Kishin Lantern, presented by the priest Kishin, and the Shirakawa Lantern, donated by the retired Emperor Shirakawa, have continuously burned for close to a thousand years. The grounds beyond the bridge closes to the mausoleum are sacred and photography here 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: May 25, 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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