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Koyasan (Mount Koya) is the heart and soul of Wakayama Prefecture. Koyasan is the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism, founded by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in the year 885. The mountain is a spiritual place with over 100 temples that line the streets and surrounding areas. You can stay overnight in a temple here and experience the serenity of this profound site. In addition to its Zen history Wakayama Prefecture, just south of Osaka, is the home of the Shirahama area. Shirahama boasts a huge beach and hot spring resort, amusement parks, hiking, and a rugged coastline with interesting rock formations and small​ islands dotting the horizon.

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Mount Koya

A sacred mountain in Wakayama Prefecture, Mount Koya is home to numerous temples and shrines, some of which also provide accommodation and an insig...Read more

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Koyasan Okuno-in Temple

This temple is the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and is known as the country's largest cemetery. Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai, was a Buddhist...Read more

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    Koyasan Reihokan Museum

    Koyasan Reihokan is a museum which displays cultural and religious assets related to Mount Koyasan and local temples.Read more

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    Koyasan Daimon Gate

    This large gateway lies at the west entrance to Mount Koya, in Japanese also known as Koya-san, and marks the entrance to its holy sanctuary.Read more

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    Shirahama Beach (Wakayama)

    This beach is a white sand resort of approximately 640 meters and the "sister beach" to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.Read more

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