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Muryokoin, Koya-cho

#11 of 46 in Historic Sites in Koya-cho
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Muryōkōin (無量光院) is a temple of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism, located on Mount Kōya (高野山, Kōya-san), Wakayama prefecture, Japan. Its name means "Temple of limitless light" and is the Japanese transliteration of Amitābha.
The temple was first constructed during the Heian period by Prince Kakuhō Shinō (覚法法親王; 1092-1153), a son of Emperor Shirakawa (白河天皇; 1053-1129; r. 1073-1087). The exact year is unknown. After the devastating fire in 1888 on Mount Kōya (高野山, Kōya-san), the temple was united with Shicchin (悉地院) and relocated to its current location.
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  • Most temples in Mt. Koya are practically run as independent estates that may offer Shukubo (temple stay) to visitors. So depending on how involved you’re willing to get, you may appreciate being...  more »
  • The monastery is beautiful and the atmosphere is incredible; all the rooms overlook a zen garden and the monks are all very kind and gentle. The food is depending by the days: the first day we ate...  more »
  • Amazing. From the food to the kindness of the monks to the beautiful room -- one of my best experiences while traveling to Japan! I will say one futon was a little too hard for me, but luckily, our room had some extras! Definitely spring for the luxury dinner, too!
  • Do NOT stay at the guest house! The hosts are EXTREMELY RUDE in their comments about tourists.

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