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[Kongobuji & Garan] Private tour with a Koyasan Buddhist monk

Mount Koya
2 Hours
up to 15 people
English ( Business )

We are a group composed of monks living in Koyasan. We spent long years as monks at temples in Koyasan. We studied Buddhist teachings directly from Buddhist priests of Koyasan and interpreted them to foreigners. Friendly young monks will be happy to explain daily living, training at Koyasan temples that a general public can not see, and important teachings of the esoteric Buddhism.


  • 【Kongobuji】 ◆Banryutei (Japan’s largest rock garden) ◆ Yanaginoma (Willow Room: Hidetsugu suicide room) ◆Tensuioke (Rain Barrel) ◆ Kyozo (Scripture Storehouse) ◆Shoro (Bell Tower) ◆ Daigenkan & Kogenkan (Entrance) ◆ Ohiroma & Jibutsuma Umenoma (Plum Room) ◆ Betsuden (Temple Annex) ◆ Shin Betsuden (New Temple Annex) ◆ Shoin Jodan no Ma (Gold Leaf Wall) ◆ Courtyard ◆ Okushoin (Resting Area for the Imperial Family) ◆ Chigonoma (Page Room) ◆Tsuchimuro (Earth Room) ◆ Kitchen

  • 【Garan】 ◆ Kondo (Golden Hall) ◆ Konpon Daito (Great Pagoda) ◆ Chumon (Twin-tiered & five-sectioned gate) ◆ Miedo (Great Portrait Hall) ◆ Miyashiro (Shrine Complex) ◆ Rokkaku Kyozo (Hexagonal Depository of the Scriptures) ◆ Saito (West Tower) ◆ Kujyakudo (Prayer for Rain) ◆ Jyunteido (Temple for pabajja)

Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Kongobuji mae bus stop (in front of a public toilet)
Ending Point Garan Chumon

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, free Wi-Fi, photo data, rental traditional clothes, write your name in Japanese by calligraphy, special compensation by travel agency (in case of emergency accident)

What‘s not included

Common ticket for visiting temples: 1500 JPY/ person (It works at any of the six temples and can be purchased for just one fee.)
Guests' transportation fee (World Heritage Koyasan one-day free bus ticket Adults: 830 JPY / Children: 420 JPY)
Lunch (about 1500 JPY/ person)


If a tour has to be cancelled due to a rainy weather, we will refund the tour price in full.

It is possible to change the meeting place and the finishing place within Koyasan.
It is also possible to arrange Buddhist experiences, a shuttle accompanying the tour, meal and accommodation facilities in Koyasan.
We recommend you to join our tour with shoes that are easy to walk.
Since there are few places where you can use credit cards in Koyasan, we recommend that you bring cash.
Your lunch and drink are not included, we drop by a local restaurant for lunch.
It is also possible to accompany lunch, but in that case please pay lunch fee for the guide.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 70% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • 20% Refund - 1 to 2 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - less than 24 hours before the meeting time

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Reviews ( 1 )
Anne Anne Luxembourg ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ A must do in Koyasan ”

What a wonderful experience and a nice informative tour! Getting to know inside information is clearly a plus and you also get to ask information about Buddhism from a specialist if you are a layperson. This tour made me want to know more about Buddhism. It was fun and Nobu also gave me a few tips on what else to visit/ do in Koyasan. I can’t thank him enough and would highly recommend this tour to anybody visiting Koyasan! It was one of the highlights of my trip to Japan!

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