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"Koyasan", Explore the history of Esoteric Buddhism and Feel the spiritual world

Mount Koya
1 day
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Koyasan is located in Kii Peninsula where almost all part of the land are covered with mountains and forest. Buddhist priest Kukai, later called Kobo Daishi, founded Kongobuji Temple for training monastery of Shingon Esoteric Buddism dating back 1,200 years. This spot has been worshiped as secluded haven and sacred place since establishment.


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  • Danjo Garan Complex:Kongobuji Temple,Konpon Daito,Kondo,Chumon,Sanko-no-matsu
  • enjoy eating buddhist vegetarian cuisine at Shukubo
  • Reihokan Museum
  • Okunoin Area:Sando,Kobo Daishi Gobyo

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What to Expect

Koyasan is listed on the World Heritage as part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.
After one and a half hours' train ride from Osaka to the highland of 900 meters up in the mountains, we visit Kongoubuji Temple by bus.
This tour includes visiting two sanctuaries named "Danjo Garan Complex" and "Okunoin".
At Danjo Garan area, you can learn the history of Koyasan, especially mysterious Sanko-no-matsu may inspire a feeling of reverence.
After visiting Danjo Garan, buddhist vegetarian cuisine is waiting for you.
Okunoin area consists of Kobo Daishi Gobyo(Mausoleum of Kobo Daishi) and more than 200,000 tombs for people of all classes in the forest of old cedar trees.
You may experience the real spiritual world there.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point at your hotel in Osaka city/Nankai Namba Station
Ending Point at your hotel in Osaka city/Nankai Namba Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee
hotel pick up
admission fee for the guide

What‘s not included

traffic expenses between Nankai Namba station and Koyasan station for 2780 yen for you and the guide
bus fare at Koyasan area for 700 yen for you and the guide
admission fee for you: Kongobuji:500 yen・ Kondo:200 yen・ Konpon-Daito:200 yen・ Reihokan:600 yen
buddhist vegetarian cuisine for you and the guide: 3800~


Reservatios are required for buddhist vegetarian cuisine at Shukubo Honnoin.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 84 )
4.8 (84) Reviews
Very Good
Michael Michael Australia ( Couple )
3 days ago

“ Giro had designed a detailed full day schedule which he provided to us for approval or feedback. It included major temples, the Bamboo forest, the Nishi Market and walking tour of the Giro district ”

Hiro was an absolute pleasure. He was extremely well informed, articulate, an intelligent and humorous companion for the day. We fitted into one day what would have taken us two days or more without him, and the experience was a great deal richer for his insights. Could not recommend him more highly.


Dear Michael, Thank you very much for five star rated review on the tour with me. I had a very pleasant day with you and Ronna. I was also very much impressed with your interest about the things in Japan. I hope you are enjoying self tour over Kyoto for the rest of your stay in Japan. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Hilary Hilary United Kingdom ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Interesting things to see in Kyoto lovely Herb garden in Kobe ”

Communication is a problem. Although he sent a full detailed itinerary he did not inform us that no break schedules for coffee etc were included and most of the day was spent on public transport or waiting for public transport. This type of tour is not suitable for the older person 60+ as there are many steps to negotiate. He should have told us that what we wanted to see and do was too ambitious for 5he time allocated.


Dear Hilary, Thank you very much for frank comment on the tour with me. I will take this matter seriously and improve pre-tour communication from now on. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Louise Louise Australia
1 week ago

“ Whole day tour of Kyoto including temples, shrines and interesting places ”

Our Day with Hiro in Kyoto was one of my favourite touring days ever. Hiro was an absolute gentleman for the entire day. The itinerary he prepared for us was organised and included items that we wanted to see. He added experiences for us using his great local knowledge. He was very open to our questions and he has a wonderful knowledge of Japanese culture and history. Additionally he navigated the transport system seamlessly. I would recommend Hiro unreservedly.


Dear Louise, Thank you very much for your wonderful review on the tour with me. I am pleased to know that the tour was satisfactory to you. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Bruce. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Lily Lily United States ( Business )
2 weeks ago

“ Nara Day Tour ”

Thanks for a great day, Hiro.


Dear Lily, Thank you very much for your review. I had a very good time with you and Alfred too. I look forward to the tour over Kyoto and Osaka in the middle of November. Sincerely yours, Hiroyuki

Anna Anna United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Wonderful day in Kyoto ”

We had a wonderful day in Kyoto enhanced by Hiroyuki's guidance. He was in constant communication with us leading up to our time together and was the first to inform us of the impeding typhoon that ended up changing some of our travel plans. He planned a beautiful day in Kyoto and we got to fit in all of the top sites and a delicious donbori lunch. Sightseeing was easy and efficient with Hiro as our guide. Would definitely recommend if you are in any of his touring areas.


Dear Anna, Thank you very much for a wonderful review on the tour with me. I am pleased to know that the tour was satisfactory to you. It was unfortunate that your tour over Osaka was cancelled due to your ship's schedule change because of the typhoon. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Eddie,Pamela,Mathew,Edward and Daniel. Sincerely yours, Hiroyuki

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