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Koya-san Notable Building

Every year, a million visitors pass through Koya-san's Great Gate to enter the great complex of 117 temples and monasteries. Traveling to Koya-san takes you through mountain wilderness, but the town itself is sheltered and self-contained. The main buildings are imposing, while the minor temples are in a wide range of styles and colors, each offering small-scale beauty in its decor or garden. Monks, pilgrims, and tourists mingle in the main street, the sneaker-wearing, motorcycle-riding monks often appearing the least pious of all.

Notable Building Religious Building/Site/Shrine Historical

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249 Koya-san
Koya, Wakayama-ken  648-0211, Japan

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