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Mount Kōya – An Ancient Cemetery That Holds 200,000 Graves

Mount Kōya, very well known as the headquarter Kōyasan Shingon-shū sect of Japanese Buddhism. The Kōya town holds the oldest cemetery in the region having more than 200,000 ancient graves.

This cemetery in Okunoin is the largest cemetery in Japan. Just walk through the 1.2 Mile track and you will find graves on your either side.

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In 2004, UNESCO designated Mt. Kōya as World Heritage Site.


Settled by the monk Kūkai in 819, Mt. Kōya is known as the world headquarters of the Kōyasan Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.

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Some photos for you to cherish.

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