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Historic temples and beautiful mountain forests
The cable car to the top should be in a amusement park - it`s scary!!
In a nutshell
Pervasive spiritual atmosphere
The one day bus pass, 800 Yen, is only worth buying if you have problems walking and want to see the Daimon Gate as well. If you don't want to miss Oku-no-in and surrounding graveyard you have to walk 4 to 5 km, maybe another 2 to 3 km if you walk back to the cablecar station from the center (Kongobu-ji Temple etc.) or 1,5 to to if you walk back from Daimon Gate (less frequent buses, you might have to wait some time).
Fun Alternatives: Bus from the cablecar station to the last (closest to Olu-no-in) station 390 Yen, from the center to the cablecar station 290 Yen (or less depending witch station you get on), to the Daimon Gate 170 Yen (you need coins, no change given).
If you walk the hole way it will Be around 10 km walking.
Updated Apr 17, 2011
"Tintin et les brebis de Koyasan", the new Hergé book :-) An information map at the entry of the town.
Written Aug 16, 2005
Favorite thing: Koyasan was pleasant and fairly uncrowded when we visited on a weekday. However, I will offer this advice, especially if you're there on a busier day.
The railroad suggests several "model courses" for seeing the sights in Koyasan. Most start by taking the bus from Koyasan station to Okunoin. If you like crowds, follow the model course, along with everyone else. If you don't like crowds, get off the bus from Koyasan station at Senjuin-bashi and change to the bus for Daimon. This way, you'll be moving in the opposite direction of most of the model courses, and avoiding most of the crowds.
Updated Apr 21, 2006