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Exploring in and Around Muryokoin Temple on Mt. Koya

Muryokoin was founded by one of Emperor Shirakawa’s Imperial Princes in the Heian Period of Japanese history, running from 794 to 1185. The temple with a history of over 1,000 years, traditionally used as a training site for Buddhist monks, is accessible to the public and attracts tourists from home and abroad. Exploring tourist places in and around the temple!



Okunoin is located 2 kilometers away from Muryokoin. Feel the sacred environs while walking through the pathway leading you to the temple.


Encounter the tombstone of the world famous Japanese samurai, Nobunaga Oda, here.

Daimon: Great Gate


Daimon is the main entrance to Koya-san. The 25.8 meter-high magnificent gate is registered as an Important Cultural Property. The view from the entrance is an appealing vision to behold.

Danjo Garan

Danjo Garan, a symbolic location, is one of the most sacred sites at Koya-san.


Konpon Daito, “Fundamental Great Stupa” was established by the Japanese monk Kukai, the founder of Shingon Buddhist School, as the temple head.

Autumn Leaves


Koya-san is well known for its beautiful autumn leaves with a number of maple and ginkgo trees. You can enjoy remarkable seasonal views throughout the year.

Do not miss out any of these spots, as well as experiencing Japanese Buddhist training!

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