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Koyasan (Mount Koya) 
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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 significant religious figures. A small, secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi built on Koyasan's wooded mountaintop. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and the start and end point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage.

Kobo Daishi began construction on the original Garan temple complex in 826 after wandering the country for years in search of a suitable place to center his religion. Since then over one hundred temples have sprung up along the streets of Koyasan. The most important among them are Kongobuji, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism, and Okunoin, the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum.

Koyasan is also one of the best places to experience an overnight stay at a temple lodging (shukubo) where you can get a taste of a monk's lifestyle, eating vegetarian monk's cuisine (shojin ryori) and attending the morning prayers. Around fifty temples offer this service to both pilgrims and visitors.

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Attractions
 1  Temple Lodging
Overnight at a Buddhist temple.
User rating: 95/100 (179 votes)
Visited by: 281 users
 2  Okunoin Temple
Temple where Kobo Daishi is enshrined.
User rating: 92/100 (214 votes)
Visited by: 353 users
 3  Kongobuji Temple
Head monastery of the Shingon sect.
User rating: 82/100 (182 votes)
Visited by: 331 users
 4  Garan
Koyasan's central temple complex.
User rating: 81/100 (131 votes)
Visited by: 232 users
 5  Reihokan Museum
Displays many of Koyasan's cultural treasures.
User rating: 77/100 (25 votes)
Visited by: 57 users
 6  Pilgrimage Trails
Hiking and walking trails to and around Koyasan.
User rating: 88/100 (33 votes)
Visited by: 71 users
 7  Daishi Kyokai
Center offering Buddhist activities and lectures.
User rating: 81/100 (56 votes)
Visited by: 120 users
 8  Tokugawa Mausoleum
Koyasan mausoleum of the Tokugawa family.
User rating: 78/100 (62 votes)
Visited by: 119 users
 

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Access and Orientation
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Mt. Koya Tours
Tours and packages for Mt. Koya, including convenient guided tours and a package with lodging at popular temple Fukuchi-in.

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English Links
Koyasan Tourist Association
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Koyasan Tourist Association
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