Japan's Most Beautiful Graveyard

Awe-inspiring walk through Okunoin at Koyasan

By Nicole Bauer    - 1 min read

I had never paid particular attention to graveyards—until I went to Japan. I am not sure what it is, but I really like them. Okunoin at Koyasan is surely the most impressive cemetery I have ever seen. With over 200,000 tombstones spread along an almost 2 km long path, in the middle of a dense forest, it is the largest graveyard in Japan and probably the most important one. Go early in the morning, before everybody else goes, to soak up the mystic atmosphere. The photos are just a selection of my favorite spots, and I hope they inspire you as much as they inspired me.

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Nicole Bauer

Nicole Bauer @nicole.bauer

Travelling abroad to discover new places, getting to know different cultures and learning foreign languages has always been my passion. I was born and raised in Germany; however, for a few years now I've been very lucky to be able to spend my life abroad. I lived for some time in England and Italy before moving to Japan in October 2009. It took me a while to adapt to this very different world; however, travelling up and down the country has helped me to not only adapt, but to actually fall in love with this country Japan. It has also reawakened my interest in photography, so whenever I get a chance I pack my camera and discover something new. Japan is full of beautiful but less well-known places. To make these more discoverable for everybody, I'm very happy to be able to share my stories and photography on this site, and open a world of extraordinary experiences, which would be difficult to find in a guidebook. For any queries regarding Tokyo as a travel destination or any of my published articles, please feel free to contact me.