Koya San

Koya San

Nestled in a high valley, secluded amongst lush forest and surrounded by 8 mountain peaks, Koya San was founded as a monastic complex in 816. Since then it has grown into a vibrant settlement with over 100 temples and a religious studies university, the whole area a place of sacred pilgrimage. Whilst not a place that lives in the past, it is a place to catch a glimpse of age-old traditions, beliefs and philosophies, as well as being able to enjoy some outstanding natural beauty. Don’t miss the chance to wander Okunoin, a vast, stupa-filled cemetery, through which you’ll reach the breathtaking Hall of Lanterns, where 10,000 oil lamps are permanently alight.

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Five Facts about Koya San

Koya San is the world headquarters for the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism

A huge number of famous Japanese have mausoleums in Okunoin along with memorials to those killed in the Pacific War

There are currently 117 temples on the Koya San complex

Koya San can be reached by a cable railway dating from the 1930s – it takes 5 minutes to get to the top

It is possible to spend the night in temple lodgings at Koya San. It is a great way to experience even more of the traditions of this monastic complex   

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