Exploring Koyasan

Masahisa M.

5.00(20) reviews
Wakayama
English
9 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 20 people

Women were forbidden to enter Koyasan until 1872. Koyasan, literally means Mt Koya, a 900 high highland located in Wakayama Prefecture is a center of Buddhist study. A founder of Shingon Sect, Kobo Daishi Kukai who was granted by emperor Saga to use this land in 816. You can touch the Buddhist concept of vicissitude in a walk through the path toward innermost sanctum in deep ceder tree forest.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Kansai district ( Kansai district = City of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara)

Koyasan Temple Complex tour - Konpon Daito (Great Pagoda)

Koyasan Temple Complex tour - Kongobuji (Head Temple of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism), 2,340m2 largest temple dry garden

Koyasan Cemetery Path to Kobo Daishi Mausoleum - Torondo (Lantern Hall), Kobo Daishi Gobyo (Mausoleum of Kobo Daishi)

Ending Point

At your hotel in Kansai district ( Kansai district = City of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara

What to Expect

Women were forbidden to enter Koyasan until 1872. Koyasan, literally means Mt Koya, a 900 high highland located in Wakayama Prefecture is a center of Buddhist study. A founder of Shingon Sect, Kobo Daishi Kukai who was granted by emperor Saga to use this land in 816 had not passed away but is believed still sitting in eternal meditation at Okunoin (a cemetery, innermost sanctum in deep towering cedar trees) 1,812 temples were built here in Koyasan and now 117 temples remain. The path, continues about 2 km from the Ichinobashi bridge to Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum, is lined on both sides by hundreds of commoners’ and also great hero’s gravestones, memorial pagodas. We can touch the Buddhist concept of vicissitude in a walk through this path.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Included:

*Travel expense for the guide as required to travel with customers by means of public transportation such as train, subway, bus.

Travel expenses for the guide included are limited within Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Kobe)

*Return tickets for the guide to go to Koyasan station from Gokurakkubashi station by a cable

*Return tickets for the guide to go to Bus station, Kongobuji temple mae by a bus

*Admission fees, tickets for the guide as might be incurred at temples, shrines or the like.

*Meals , drinks or the like for the guide during the tour

*Any tax or the like as might be incurred by the guide in Japan

*Gratuity

What‘s not included

*Return train tickets for the guide between Nankai Namba station to Gokurakubashi station

*Fees to cruise river or sea or the like for the guide

*Tickets for Universal Studio Japan, museum or the like for the guide as might be required at private or public entertainment facilities.

Important Information

Any day or time is available, inclusively long tours extended to more than 10 days across Japan, but please reconfirm guide's availability at time of booking

- TICKETING -

Recommend purchasing "Koyasan world heritage tickets" in advance

- GENERAL INFORMATION -

Be quiet and respectful in Koyasan Temple complex and the path to Kobo Daishi Gobyo (Mausoleum of Kobo Daishi)

Remove hats and sunglasses in front of main sanctuary in Temples

Not to touch old buildings, old remains and objects

Not to take pictures where prohibited in Temples complex

Take your shoes off before stepping on tatami

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

Randal P.

Mar 6, 2020

Trip to Mt.koya

My day with Mike went great. He had everything planned out for the day and even ideas for the rest of my trip. He was very nice and easy to talk to. He took care of everything during trip so all I had to was enjoy the mountain, town and temples. If you need a thoughtful and professional guide I recommend masahisa for your trip. Arigato gozimashita masahisa-san. Randal.

Masahisa M.

Randal So exhausted to walk, aren't you ? Thank again for your frequent visit despite in midst of recent full of oddies atmosphere here. Your travel to Dublin next year must be something of a homecoming. Lots of similarity between Irish (Celtic) mythology and our Shinto religion. Big screen "The Quiet Man", also the hill of Tara create an atmosphere akin to the same as yours (homecoming sentiment), besides same customs of "Round" in Ginness Store House in Dublin, even though we do not have warning signboard of "watch fairy folk" on the road. Good luck for your frequent venture in the far east and wish your safe return home, hopefully with great many memory. Thanks Masahisa

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Janet N.

Jan 28, 2020

Detail oriented

We booked a tour with Masahisa in Kyoto but his help started way before our tour. He sent me hotel recommendations, instructions for taxi drivers in Japanese, directions to and from several cities by train. This attention to detail continued into our tour. While the day was long, Masahisa (Mike) made sure we didnt miss anything. Thank you so much The Padilla Family

Masahisa M.

Janet Wish your safe return home, hopefully with great family memories. Thank for visiting us and the name of Packers reminded me of my life in windy city. Yes the temper always reached a boiling point in the rivalry particularly between Packers, including 5 super bowl championship fought each other. (Packers won 5, Bears won 1) I still remember the days in 1985, a windy city was in a chaos on every street to celebrate Bears championship and I was so lucky to share the moent with neighbours. Super Bowl LIV to be held in Miami on Feb 2 this year and wish next year to be held in Green Bay. Best regards to your husband. Thanks Masahisa

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Abel S.

Dec 16, 2019

Perfect guide to get the most out of your trip

Knowledgeable, personable and amazingly kind. We were a 3 generation group which made the day trip to Kyoto challenging. However Mike (as he likes to be called) pulled off a miracle and made sure everyone was well taken care off. He knows his history and had us all immersed in the stories behind all the sites we went to. He also was amazingly attentive and at the end of the trip he gave gifts to us that he used his lunch hour to purchase. Thanks so much Mike. You were the best guide anyone could wish or hope for.

Masahisa M.

Abel Glad to learn your safe arrival home. Christmas light-up on a great street, Orchard Road, Cuppage Plaza and Centerpoint Shopping Mall I lived upstairs and loved must be full of last-minute shoppers in this time of the season. Thank again for your visit with happy family and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks Masahisa

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Edward O.

Oct 26, 2019

Absolutely Top Notch Tour Guide

Masahisa (“Mike”) has proven the absolute best guide we’ve had thus far in almost a month of touring Japan. He arrived promptly for hotel pickup, totally organized with a formally prepared tour proposal for the day, complete with a brief overview of Japanese history and culture he wrote himself, and tourist information guides of Nara sites and cultural events - all neatly tucked into a transparent file holder. He also proved to be an extremely knowledgeable guide not only regarding Japan’s history and culture, but also of the world at large - a level of cosmopolitanism honed by extended business assignments around the globe on behalf of a major Japanese trading and consulting company. Masahisa is rightly proud of his country and culture and you will not find a more interesting guide to introduce you to Nara and the wonder of Japan!

Masahisa M.

Edward Thanks for visiting us from beautiful city, even though more is the shame typhoon stepped in your precious time here. Believe all are also fine with your neighbors and free from any mischief by wildfire. Thank you again for your visit all the way from city I loved. Thanks Masahisa

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