One Day Tour to Mt. Koya from Osaka. Be Enchanted.

Day Trip

Hiroyuki T.

5.00(4) reviews
Osaka
English
10 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 10 people

Mt. Koya was established by High Priest Kukai in 816 as a sacred site for Esoteric Buddhism. He was going to express the concept of the Universe on this mountain top basin.Still, there are 117 temples and 3,000 people live in this city. Mt. Koya is a big temple which include a city. Visit Mt. Koya to experience the holiness and sacredness of Esoteric Buddhism.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Osaka or Wakayama

Hotel pick up

10:00 Nankai Namba Station - 11:35 Koyasan Station

12:00

Daimon Gate

This 25m high wooden gate marks the official entrance to Mt. Koya. Stands inside are two big statues of Nio Buddha. They have scary faces. Who is Nio? Why does he look scary? I will explain.

12:30

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 contain a lot of protein is one of the most famous shojin ryori in Mt. Koya. Enjoy enjoy sesame tofu shojin ryori lunch at a restaurant near Daimon. *Subjects to availability.

13:30

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

14:30

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.

15:30

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.

17:43 Koyasan Station - 19:30 Nankai Namba Station

I can finish the tour at your temple in Mt. Koya so that you will be able to stay overnight in Mt. Koya

Ending Point

At your hotel in Osaka or Namba Station, or Wakayama, or your shukubo hotel in Mt. Koya

What to Expect

I will meet you at your hotel in Osaka around 9:00am, then we will go to Koyasan by train.

Mt. Koya is one of the most sacred places in Japan and is the headquarters of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism which is one of the most influential Buddhism in Japan.

We will visit three of the most sacred places in Mt. Koya.

First, we will visit Danjo Garan Temple Complex which expresses the concept of the Universe. After that, we will visit Kongobuji Honzan which is the Headquarters of Shingo Esoteric Buddhism. We will make a inners trip there to see beautiful rooms and a famous Japanese Garden. And then, we will make a pilgrimage of two kilometers to the mausoleum of High Priest Kukai in Okunoin Inner Sanctuary. People believe Kukai is still alive there to meditate to save people. I will tell you why on the spot.

I used to work for Wakayama Prefectural Government as a director of the Cultural Heritage Management Division, and I was in charge of the Koya and Kumano World Heritage Project.

I have a lot of knowledge about Mt. Koya. You can learn a lot about Mt. Koya on the spot.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee,hotel pick up in Down Town Osaka

What‘s not included

Insurance

Transportation fee(you and guide)

Between Namba Station and Koyasan JPY4,360 for round trip per person plus same amount for guide

Bus ride in Koyasan JPY840 per person plus same amount for guide

Entrance fees JPY500 for the Headquarters JPY200 for Fundamental Pagoda JPY200 for Golden Hall plus same amount for guide

Koyasan Buddhists’ Vegetarian Lunch; from JPY2,000 per person and same amount for guide

Important Information

Mt. Koya is located in Wakayama Prefecture, I used to work for Wakayama Prefectural Government as director of Cultural Heritage Management Division, and I was in charge of the Mt. Koya World Heritage Project.

I have a lot of knowledge and information on Mt. Koya. I know why and how Mt. Koya had become so sacred and why Mt. Koya has been so popular. You can learn a lot about Mt. Koya on the spot.

As we will walk for more than two kilometers, 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 fare Between Namba Station and Koyasan JPY4,360 for round trip per person plus same amount for guide

Bus ride in Koyasan JPY840 per person plus same amount for guide

Koyasan Buddhists’ Vegetarian Lunch from JPY2,000 per person and same amount for guide

Entrance fees JPY500 for the Headquarters JPY200 for Fundamental Pagoda JPY200 for Golden Hall plus same amount for 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

Reviews

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Joanne P.

Mar 2, 2020

Cultural enlightenment

Our group of 3 had a fascinating day with Hiroyuki walking the shrines,temples and waterfall of Nachi. The relationship of Buddhism and Shintoism became much clearer to us. He was an expert in explaining the history and significance of the Kudo Kumano Pilgrimage. Additionally he picked a great restaurant for lunch and was very helpful in getting us settled at our hotel. I highly recommend him

Hiroyuki T.

First of all, thank you very much for coming to Japan in this kind of situation. I sincerely hope that you had enjoyed not only Kumano but also other places in Japan. It was my pleasure to explain about Shintoism and Buddhism Unite Theory in Kumano. Even in Japan, many of us do not know whether we are Shintoists or Buddhists. And thank you very much for writing such a kind review in the middle of your tour. I appreciate it very much. Say hello to Chris-san and Thomas-san. Looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Hiroyuki

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Daniel nicholas D.

Jan 22, 2020

An Enriching Experience

I greatly enjoyed my trip to Koya-san with Hiroyuki-san. He is a fine and learned gentleman. He was happy to share his wisdom on esoteric Buddhism, it's concept of 'universe,' and the history of Koya-san, which added context and enhanced the experience. He was also happy to listen about the culture and practices of my country, making the experience mutually enriching. Koya-san is a mystical place. Hiroyuki-san made me appreciate its sacredness the moment we entered Daimon Gate, which is the starting point. Walking alongside Hiroyuki-san through its quiet streets, amidst light snowfall, visiting its snow-capped shrines and temples, and having warm tea and conversation with him, are memories I will treasure. As we left Koya-san and reentered the world below, I felt that I became a slightly better human being. Thank you, Hiroyuki-san, for this experience.

Hiroyuki T.

Daniel-san, Thank you very much for everything during the tour. I am very glad that you liked Koyasan very much. I myself enjoyed the tour and conversations with you. I learned a lot about Philippines and Philippine culture from you. As I am interested in culture and food, I googled cultural heritages and food in Philippine after going home. I found that they are very attractive. Especially, historic city of Vigan and sweets such as buko pie, ensaimada and halo halo attract me a lot. Thank you very much for such a great review. Your review encourages me a lot. Please keep in touch, I look forward to seeing you again. Arigato, Matane!

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Taylor U.

Jan 14, 2020

1 Day Koyasan - Private Tour

Hiroyuki was the absolute best, we are so grateful and happy that we booked him as our tour guide during our stay in Koyasan. Having just one day, we wanted to make sure that we saw the most important sites. He gave us such a thorough and full-circle tour of Koyasan. Before spending the day with Hiroyuki, I did not know much about Buddhism. And if I hadn’t had my tour with Hiroyuki, I would just be wandering around the beautiful sites that Koyasan has to offer, all without the beautiful meaning behind it all. He gave context and history to everything we were seeing.. Hiroyuki’s English is amazing, to say the least.. he is also so knowledgeable with Buddhism and the history of Koyasan, even down to the dates! He was very timely and made sure that we spent the right amount of time at all of the sites so that we could see the most, but at a relaxed pace. After the tour ended, he left us with an amazing packet of information that we have brought back to New York to remember this beautiful day in Koyasan. It was such a special experience to gain a friend in Hiroyuki, we will definitely be calling him for a tour in Koyasan or any of the areas where he has expertise. He was even so kind to send us amazing photos of us exploring. We absolutely cannot thank him enough...

Hiroyuki T.

Taylor san, How are you two doing? Thank you very much for posting such a great review and everything during the tour. I also enjoyed a lot in Koyasan. Arigatou gozaimashita. By the way, I have a friend who works at Kumamoto government. If you are interested in finding your relatives in Kumamoto,let me know. There might be something I can do for you for free. Thank you very much once again, I look forward to seeing you again. Matane! Hiroyuki

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Claudio W.

Dec 21, 2019

Knowledgeable, conscientious, very nice gentleman!

He crafted an itinerary specific to our desires, kept us on time, was very knowledgeable due to his foreign relations background, simply an elegant, educated, and kind man. I would very highly recommend him, and I’m planning on engaging his services again when we go on a longer trip to Osaka and Kyoto.

Hiroyuki T.

Claudio san, I was very lucky to have met such a nice couple like you as the first customer on TripleLights. And thank you very much for posting the great review and for everything during the tour. I showed you just a very small part of Osaka. There are a lot more to see in Osaka, Kyoto, Koyasan and Kumano. How about macha parfait in Kyoto next time? Please say hello to your family for me. Thank you very much once again. Looking forward to seeing you two again.

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