The holy place, Mt, Koya

by Tomoko

Once you step in the mountain, it is a holy place.

Dating back to 9th century, after studying Buddhism in China, it is said that Kukai, the monk, threw a Buddhism tool toward Japan asking to llet him know the best place to establish the right place to practice Buddhism.
After coming back to Japan, when he was walking in Mt, Koya, he heard that something shining was in the tree. That was what he threw from China. He thought that was the very place...... 

Even for Japanese people, when we are there, we feel something spcial. Since 9th century, Mt. Koya has been so-called KONPON-DOJO, the foundamental training place. of Shingon-sect.

The entrance of the mountain

The holy place, Mt, Koya

Nyonin-do ( Women's hall )

The holy place, Mt, Koya

In those days, the mountain was just for men. Women were not allowed to enter this holy place. So women came here ( Nyonin-do hall ) and from the entrance of the mountain, they prayed from here. Now only one hall remains but there used to be 8 halls in each entrance.

Two major holy places in the mountain.

Danjo-Garan

It is a big monastery founded based on Kukai's idea of Mandala

The holy place, Mt, Koya

Okuno-in

A lot of  graves of noted people in history such as feudal lords in front of the mausoleum of Kukai and the lantern hall.. This place is something we can't express with words.The holy place, Mt, KoyaThe holy place, Mt, KoyaThe holy place, Mt, Koya

There are 117 temples there and a half of them offers the accommodations for visitors. You can spend a whole day there. 

Kyoto tour specially tailored for you 

This tour is flexible to make a tour plan, I will make a tour plan based on your interests including the areas besides Kyoto.

 

 

 

 

 


25 Nov 2014


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I am a government licensed guide and have been working as a professional guide for over 90 groups after obtaining a license. in addition, I have 4 years of experience as a volunteer guide before obtaining a professional license, and guided over 100 groups. I am good at making tour plans based on your interests because I know my city ( I was born and brought up in Kyoto) in detail. If you are interested in historic places, I will offer a tour for historic places, If it's cultural experiences, then a tour with cultural classes such as a tea ceremony, wagashi ( Japanese confectionery) making, and so on. Why don't you ask me? I will make your time in Kyoto more enjoyable. Kyoto has a lot of sites to offer you and it is difficult for you to decide which to choose among them. I think I will be of great help.

Here are the reviews from the tours I worked as a guide on another occasion.

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Tomoko was very thorough in her preparation for our tour, adapting to our programme needs, and extremely knowledgeable of Kyoto, its transport system ensuring speedy transfers between venues and the history and detail of each activity we undertook, which included Zen gardens, temples, tea ceremony, good lunch venue, advice on other sight seeing venues and the Geisha and Gion area. Would strongly recommend her to anyone wanting a quality guided tour in Kyoto.

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We had a lovely tour today with Tomoko! She's really experienced and knows Kyoto as good as her palm! She explained us everything that we needed to know additionally for the next days and took us to the desired restaurant .. Really helpful and high level of knowledge.

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Your knowledge of all the places you took us to was unbelievable and your English was outstanding particularly your translation of the Monk's address at the Temple of the Ringing Crickets, without you we would have missed out on his enlightening message.You really took the time to consider the things that were of interest to us and provided a fantastic itinerary that left nothing out. Both of us felt at great ease in your company and we will remember our day at for many years as the highlight of our trip to Japan. Lunch was a great treat and the Bike tour enabled us to see so much of the area especially the great variety of amazing temples.

Tomoko, once again thank you so much for giving up your time to look after us for the day.

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Tomoko was very accommodating of our tour group which had a wheelchair-bound elderly. She was able to explain the history and significance of the temples we visited in good English. She also made it a point to ensure that our top interests were fulfilled during our tour with her, which was great! Last but not least, she was extremely helpful in helping one of our members retrieve a lost phone during the trip.

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I needed to organize a 4-hour tour in Kyoto within 2 days - and Tomoko Yamasho responded immediately, gave helpful tips over the internet and put together a tour tailored to my interests. When we met, she turned out to be a very knowledgeable guide, flexible to my new ideas (I had gotten some more advice from friends in the meantime) with excellent English and with a good sense of humour. Thank you, Tomoko Yoshihara.
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