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Japan's Most Beautiful Graveyard

Awe-inspiring walk through Okunoin at Koyasan

I had never paid particular attention to graveyards—until I went to Japan. I am not sure what it is, but I really like them. Okunoin at Koyasan is surely the most impressive cemetery I have ever seen. With over 200,000 tombstones spread along an almost 2 km long path, in the middle of a dense forest, it is the largest graveyard in Japan and probably the most important one. Go early in the morning, before everybody else goes, to soak up the mystic atmosphere. The photos are just a selection of my favorite spots, and I hope they inspire you as much as they inspired me.

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