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Koyasan

Mountain retreat and center of Shingon Buddhism

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Enjoy a night or two in a real Buddhist temple during your stay in Japan. You won't forget it. This article discusses my experience..

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About Koyasan

Mount Koya (Koyasan) lies hidden away on a mountain plain that is surrounded by intensely forested 1,000 meter peaks, seemingly far away from the hustle and bustle of Japan’s cities.

This is the place where Buddhist monk Kukai, founder of the Shingon branch of Japanese Buddhism, established a mountain monastery in early 800.

Over 1,200 years later and Koyasan is still a thriving religious center. Located 2hr by train from Osaka, it is one of Japan’s Shangri-la not to be missed. 

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