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Okunoin Shojingu Ritual& Ancient pilgrimage trails ☆Lunch with panorama view☆

Koyasan monk guide N.

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

“Women Pilgrims Route” is said to be “the most beautiful trail” among the mountain paths around Koyasan. After attending a ritual in Okunoin, we are going to hike some of the “Women Pilgrims Route” that even forest experts recommend. At the end of the tour you will eat local specialties while watching the spectacular panorama of the mountains registered as World Heritage Sites.


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Meeting Point

Public toilet at Naka-no-hashi parking lot (The closest bus stop is “Okunoin-mae”)

◆ Attending a special ritual in Okunoin (this ritual has a history of more than 1200 years) ◆Walking ancient pilgrimage trails (nearly flat forest path) ◆ Lunch with a spectacular mountain view (on a beautifully decorated table in forest)

Okunoin cemetery ◆ Rocket & termite tomb and big company’s headstones ◆Touching a tree of 850 years old ◆The biggest tombstone in Okunoin ◆Samurai graves ◆ 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: Kobo Daishi is 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. ◆“Women Pilgrims Route ◆ Superb view spot where is private land

Ending Point

After the tour, we will send you anywhere you want to go within Koyasan area.

What to Expect

This hiking is not aimed to climb to the top of the mountain, it is an easy nature walk. You can enjoy the mountain while feeling nature and wind that you cannot have in city life. Forest smell, sound of birds and wind, the transitions of nature every season….. Opening the senses and walking through the forest path make your mind and body be filled with exhilaration.

If you have a healthy leg, anyone can feel free to participate. It is a tour that does not require technique like climbing.

The guide is a monk who has a license to guide in Koyasan and will introduce the nature of Koyasan and the teachings of esoteric Buddhism with the viewpoint and knowledge unique to monks living in Koyasan.It will be a different explanation and route from the night tour, therefore, it is also recommended for those who participated in the night tour.

First of all, we will gather in front of a public toilet at the Naka-no-hashi parking lot and head towards Okunoin to attend “Shojingu” which is a daily ritual of delivering meals twice a day to the Grand Master, believed to be in eternal meditation. Along the way, the monk explains various story such as explanation of company tombs, the oldest big tree, the biggest tombstone, tombs of samurai and a tomb for termites.

After visiting Okunoin, we will enter the mountain path. Although we have a bit of up and down in the beginning, we will walk for almost 30 minutes on a nearly flat forest path. Let’s experience the mysterious nature of the old pilgrimage road that Kobo Daishi Kukai walked also.

At the end of the tour, you can have a seat on chairs and enjoy lunch on a beautifully decorated table while watching the spectacular panorama of the mountains of the Kii mountain range registered as World Heritage Sites.

The lunch will be “Sasazushi bento” which is local cuisine of Koyasan. “Sasazushi” means sushi wrapped in a bamboo grass leaf. Hot drinks like green tea, coffee and tea will be provided free of charge. After lunch, you do not have to go back all the way, a car is prepared nearby to give you a lift.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

transportation fee in Koyasan (you and guide), guide fee, lunch, tea service, free Wi-Fi , photo data(free), rental traditional clothes, special compensation by travel agency (in case of emergency accident)

What‘s not included

pick-up service at your hotel

Important Information

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

Since we walk on the mountain, please come with shoes that you do not mind if they get dirty. After the rainy weather, the ground is muddy, so wearing trekking shoes or boots is recommended. Although the physical burden is small, there are also narrow mountain paths, so this tour is for those who have healthy leg.The tour may be canceled in rainy weather. If you have rain gear, please bring it in case of sudden change in the weather.

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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