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15/18 Oku-no-in

Oku-no-in is the temple where Kobo Daishi (Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism and one of the most revered persons in the religious history of Japan, rests in eternal meditation. It is considered one of the most sacred places in Japan.

Oku-no-in is surrounded by Japan's largest graveyard. People from all over Japan, who wished to be buried close to Kobo Daishi, lie there, including former feudal lords, politicians and other prominent personalities. Their graves line the approaches to Okunoin for several hundred meters through the forest.

Coming there early in the morning is a very exciting and magical experience: a mysterious and mystic atmosphere wrap this place, increased by the mist often present in this mountain area.
It is also a good idea stay the night in Koyasan and visit this sacred place under the light of the moon and the thousands of lanterns you find in the path.

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