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Koyasan attractions

Koyasan, Japan Attractions & Cultural Destinations

Koyasan World Heritage Area

Koyasan, also known as Mount Koya, is a sacred site in the mountains of the Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka.

  • Approx. 120 minutes
  • JR Osaka Loop Line (Out-Loop) Osaka Jo Koen Station to Shin Imamiya Station, (21 minutes); change trains Nankai Koya Line, Shin Imamiya Station, take the Tokkyu (Limited Express) Bound for "Gokurakubashi" to Gokurakubashi Station (85 minutes); change to cable car Gokurakubashi Station to Koyasan Station (5 minutes).

Mount Koya

Mount Koya is the center of Shingon Buddhism, featuring a secluded temple. The town of Koyasan is home to over 100 temples, the most important being the Kongobuji and the Okunoin.

Reihokan Museum

This museum features the religious and cultural artifacts of the Koyasan culture. The museum has three exhibition halls that feature religious works of art, statues, mandala and various other religious tools and paintings.


Garan is known as Koyasan's central temple complex, including the Kondo Hall and the large Konpon Kaito Pagoda.

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