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Overnight trip to Mt. Koya from Osaka

Art, Culture, & Historical
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Mt. Koya is a very important part of the World Heritage site “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountains”. Mt. Koya is in Wakayama Prefecture and I used to work for Wakayama Prefectural Government as a general manager of Cultural Heritage Division and I was also in charge of the World Heritage Project. I know this sacred mountain very well. In this tour we will visit Mt. Koya and walk the Women's Pilgrimage

Mount Koya Tour Guide - Hiroyuki T.
Hiroyuki T.
4.95 / 5
(108 reviews)
08:00 AM

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Osaka or Kansai International Airport

12:00 PM

Daimon Gate

Twenty-five meters high wooden gate Daimon marks the official entrance to Mt. Koya. Stand inside are two big statues of Nio Buddha. They have scary faces. Who is Nio? Why does he look scary? I will explain.

01:00 PM

Local Buddhists’ Vegetable Lunch (Shojin Ryori)

Mt. Koya is famous for its vegetarian cuisine which is very well known as “shojin ryori”. Sesame tofu which contains a lot of protein is one of the most famous shojin ryori in Mt. Koya. Enjoy sesame tofu shojin ryori lunch at a restaurant near Daimon. *Subjects to availability.

02:00 PM

Danjo Garan (Temple Complex which expresses the concept of the Universe)

Stand in Danjo Garan are Konpon Fundamental Pagoda, Golden Hall, Shintoism Shrine, Central Gate, West Pagoda, East Pagoda and other important facilities.

High Priest Kukai tried to express the world of mandala by arranging Konpon Fundamental Pagoda in the center and other important temples and pagodas around it. And expressed inside Konpon Fundamental Pagoda is a 3D mandala.

Mandala is a picture which expresses the universe in Buddhism. I always feel that I am a part of the universe at Danjo Garan. I will tell you why.

02:30 PM

Kongobuji Honzan (Headquarters of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism)

Kongobuji was named so by Kukai when it was constructed in 816. Nowadays the Koyasan Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism has about 4000 affiliated temples throughout Japan and overseas and is headquartered here. Buddhist altar rooms and guest rooms in the temple are beautifully decorated and you can feel the profoundness of Buddhism arts. Many of the existing buildings are the reconstruction of 1862.

03:30 PM

Kongozanmaiin Temple

This temple is a hidden treasure of Koyasan. The pagoda in the precincts was built in the 12th century and is one of the oldest remaining pagodas in the Japan and is designated as a national treasure.


04:00 PM

Your shukubo hotel

There are many temples in Mt. Koya which offer lodging. They are called shukubo.

06:00 AM

Day 2

You will be able to take part in the Buddhism ritual early in the morning. Taking part in the ritual will be an unforgettable experience for you.

09:00 AM

Women's Pilgrimage Route

We will walk women's pilgrimage route Nyonin Michi for an hour. This pilgrimage route has ups and downs.

11:00 AM

Okuno-in (Inner Sanctuary where people meet High Priest Kukai)

At the end of the pilgrimage path, beyond the uncountable number of tomb stones, there is a mausoleum of Kukai. People believe that Kukai is still alive here to keep meditating. Why are there so many tombs here? Why does Kukai keep meditating at Okuno-in? I will explain.

03:00 PM

Mt. Koya- Osaka

After lunch, we will leave Mt. Koya to Osaka, we will arrive at Osaka around five.

Ending Point

At your hotel in Osaka or Kansai International Airport

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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What‘s included

guide fee,hotel pick up in Down Town Osaka

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What‘s not included

Insurance

Transportation Approx. JPY6,000 per person plus same amount for guide

Koyasan Buddhists’ Vegetarian Lunch; from JPY2,700 per person and same amount for guide

Accommodation for guests

Accommodation for Guide ( price varies depending on the day of stay and booking, ask for details)

Tour Important Information

As we will walk a lot, comfortable shoes are recommended.

It is cooler in Koyasan than in Osaka by five degrees, be prepared for this cooler weather.

Tours are NOT covered by insurance. Make sure to be covered by your own insurance.

Transportation fare, entrance fees and lunch for you and guide are NOT included in the guide fee.

Direct payment will be occurred in CASH on the spot on the day of the tour.

Transportation approx. JPY6,000 per person plus same amount for guide

Koyasan Buddhists’ Vegetarian Lunch from JPY2,700 per person and same amount for guide

Accommodation

Accommodation for GUIDE

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Mount Koya Tour Reviews

Hiroyuki is a wonderful guide!

My family and I had the pleasure of having "Hiro" as our guide for our two days in Osaka. On the first day, he took us to see the highlights of Osaka. On the second, he took us to Koya San. Both days were extremely special. Hiro, fluent in English, spent the first part of his career working in cultural management for the Japanese government so his knowledge of these sites is extraordinary. What is even more amazing, is his ability to explain very complicated details (historical, religious, and cultural) in the most concise and approachable way. His manner is calm and professional; he's a true gentleman and the perfect guide for travelers serious about getting the most meaning from their time here. Highest recommendation!!

Rachel F.

It was very nice meeting you and your wonderful family in Osaka and Koyasan. I had a wonderful time myself. Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity. You have a wonderful son. He is very clever. He remembered everything that I explained and he asked me a lot of questions, and it was so impressive. And he showed a lot of interests and respect to our culture which was also very impressive. Please say hello to him and your husband. Please come back to Japan in the near future, there are a lot more here that I want to show you. Oh, I will have to be stay healthy until them. Thank you again and take care. Hiro

Amazing guide for visit of main Kyoto landmarks + gardens

Hiroyuki showed up early and we packed way more into the day than I had dated to hope. He is incredibly experienced, very good English so we had lots of interesting conversations about the history and ideas of our destinations Strongly recommend

Chris W.

It was very nice meeting you yesterday in Kyoto. It was a beautiful day. It was also very nice to have conversations with a person who showed a lot of interest and respect to the history and culture of Japan. Sorry for the Nara tour. I hope that you will have another wonderful day in Nara.

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It was a pleasant time to meet up with Hiroyuki-san the second time for a tour in Kyoto! This time I brought my 2 bosses along and they were very impressed with his knowledge and explaination. He also considered our request for lunch and found a good soba/udon shop. Thank you for also sending us to Osaka from Uji ! I hope to see you again soon!

Stephanie C.

Stephanie, It was very nice meeting you again in Kyoto. I have met a lot of people for my job. You are the first and only person who came back to me. Do not bring your boss next time. I deserve a tour for your own to relax.

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