Koyasan (Japan Travel Guide)

(Koyasan(Wakayama/Japan) / Chi King)

Located in Wakayama Prefecture to the south of Osaka, Koyasan is a part of Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, which was registered as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
Koyasan or Mount Koya is a sacred mountain in Kii Peninsula. Kongobu-ji Temple, which is the headquarters of Shingon sect, was established by Priest Kukai in 819. Many pilgrims visit Koyasan throughout a year.
There are many places worth of visiting in Koyasan. The most popular ones are Okunoin and Danjogaran.
Okunoin consists of two parts. One is graveyard area and the other is sacred area. The Sacred area is the mausoleum of Kukai.
Danjogaran is the heartland of of Kongobu-ji and Mount Koya. You see a red two storied building there. It is Konpon Daito. It shows the world of mandara.
Mount Koya is situated in Koya Town. The population of the town is about 3, 000 and 1,000 out of them are priests. There are many shukubo or accommodation facilities for pilgrims in the town. Every shukubo provides good vegetarian food. Sesame tofu and Koya dofu (freeze-dried tofu) are local specialties.





Kokuyurin-9-ha, Oaza Koya san, Koya Town, Ito Gun, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0211


Take the Koya Line of Nankai Electric Railway from Osaka Namba Station. One hour and 40 minutes by limited express. Two hours by express.


Koyasan Shukubo Temple Lodging Association / Koyasan Sankei-Koh Co.,Ltd: 0736-56-2616


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