Koya-San, a UNESCO World Heritage listed mountain, site is home to over 100 temples and has been the centre of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect, for over 1,200 years.

It is also home to Japan’s largest rock garden and the Garan Temple Complex. Koya-San is one of the best places to experience an overnight stay in a Buddhist temple lodge, known as a ‘shukubo’ and get a sense of a monk’s lifestyle. The city is also home to Okunoin which is Japan’s largest cemetery, where you can find the mausoleum of the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi.


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