Visit Mount Koya
Recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Koya contains more than a hundred different temples, many of which offer lodging for pilgrims and visitors.
Mount Koya, Japan
High in the forested mountains of the Kii Peninsula, south of Osaka, lies the monastic complex of Mount Koya, the secluded home of the esoteric Shingon Buddhist sect.
Lodging in temples
Recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the village contains more than a hundred different temples, many of which offer lodging for pilgrims and visitors allowing you to join the monks in their daily routines, share their delicious vegetarian cuisine, and experience a very different aspect of Japanese society. Take a stroll at dusk along the winding, lantern-lit paths through the Okuno-in cemetery for a uniquely atmospheric experience. Other temples across Japan offer similar opportunities to stay and join in the monastic life notably at the beautiful mountainous Dewa Sanzen and Yamadera in northern Honshu.
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Photos of Mount Koya
Accommodation in Mount Koya
Tentoku-in was originally designed for the Buddhist monks and worshippers who visited the temple for training or worship. Few foreign visitors make it here, but those that do are well rewarded with a memorable experience.
Souji-in boasts such modern conveniences as an elevator and air conditioning, and all rooms have a western-style toilet (some rooms also have a private bathroom), a rare commodity amongst the other shukubo on Mount Koya.