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【Okunoin, Garan & Kongobuji】 Private tour by local monks living in Mount Koya

Koyasan monk guide N.

5.00(5) reviews
Mount Koya
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

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.


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Meeting Point

Nankai Koyasan station or place you stay at within Mount Koya

【Okunoin cemetery】◆ Rocket & termite tomb and big company’s headstones ◆Touching a tree of 850 years old ◆The biggest tombstone in Okunoin ◆Samurai graves such as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi ◆ The monument of Matsuo Basho ◆ Weigh the weight of your own sin ◆ Mizumuke Jizo :Visitors throw water on the statues to pray for their departed family members. ◆ Ajimi Jizo :Jizo Bodhisattva who tastes Kobo Daishi’s meals. ◆ Torodo: Spectacular lantern hall with more than 20,000 lanterns ◆ Senryo (Memorial tombs dedicated to teeth and nails of the imperial family) ◆ Gobyo: The place where Kukai still remains alive to this day. ◆ Torodo’s basement: We can approach Kukai very close. There are 50,000 tiny statues that have been donated to Okunoin.

【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)

Ending Point

Nankai Koyasan station or place you stay at within Mount Koya

What to Expect

From the viewpoint of the monk, we will talk about esoteric teachings that will support your mind for the rest of your life.

【Arrangement service】

Free service

• Wi-Fi

• Photo data

• Rental traditional clothes

• Rosary

• Write your name in Japanese by calligraphy

• Special compensation by travel agency (in case of emergency accident)

Fee‐based service (Please contact us for further details)

• Experience of meditation, sutra writing, marriage ceremony and fire ritual.

• Arrangement of tour transport, food, and accommodations is also available.

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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)

Important Information

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 - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time



Bridget L.

Jan 6, 2020

Insightful, charming and fun.

Nobu the monk took us on an amazing personal journey into the world and history of esoteric Buddhism. He took us to the most incredible temples and grounds which were profoundly affecting. Immersing us in the traditions of Buddhism with delightful charm.

Koyasan monk guide N.

Thank you for visiting Koyasan and it was an honor to guide your family!



Sep 22, 2019

Best way to visit Koyasan's many points of interest

I was lucky to have Nobu as my guide in Koyasan. He is very kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable. We visited Garan, Kongobuji and some other places and during the tour he told me so much about temples and Buddhism etc. Highly recommended.


Anne M.

Jun 7, 2019

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!


Glenn K.

Apr 17, 2019

Monk tour vs “regular” tour

Very interesting and informative tour. Learning more about this sect of Buddhism and the spiritual significance of the area was enlightening. Highly recommend a monk tour instead of “regular” tour.

Koyasan monk guide N.

It was an honor to guide you while you are in Koyasan. We are looking forward to seeing you again, have a great day. All the best, Nobu

$271/ per group

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