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Mt Koya - The center of esoteric Buddhism

Mt Koya (Koyasan) is an alpine basin located 1000m above sea level. Surrounded by mountain peaks on all sides, it is 5.5 km by 2.3 km in size. Kukai, known as Kobodaishi through his posthumous honorific name, founded Koyasan as a religious retreat in 816 after returning to Japan from a pilgrimage to Chang'an in China. Kobodaishi started his eternal meditation in the cave of Okunoin in 835 at the age of 62 and there have been reports of apparitions to followers.
Today, there are 117 temples besides 2 monasteries and Okunoin Temple, creating a peaceful and spiritual atmosphere for visitors.

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  • In a nutshell:Pervasive spiritual atmosphere
  • Last visit to Koyasan: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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