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KOYASAN : The Sacred Center of Shingon Buddhism

by Hideo
(79) Reviews
10:30h $ 289 Price up to 30 people

Highlights

  • Konpon daito in Danjo garan
  • Kongobuji Temple
  • Entrance path to Okunoin Gobyo
  • Okunoin Gobyo

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Extra person ( more than 30 people ) .
$ 4.45
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What to Expect

Mt.Koya ,or Koyasan, was founded about 1,200 years ago by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) as the monastic center of Shingon Mikkyo, or literally "True World Esoteric Buddhism." With an altitude of 800 meters, the mountain top is the home of over 100 temples and monasteries. Koyasan was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List as the "Sacred Sited and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" in 2004.

I would like to take you to Danjo garan, Kongobuji Temple and Okunoin Gobyo.
There are more than 10 buildings including Kondo, Konpon Daito in Danjo garan.
Kondo was built by Kobo Daishi in 819. Buddhist services important for the whole mountain complex are performed here. It has been repeatedly destroyed, and the present hall was built for the 7th time in 1932. Ashuku Nyorai is the principal deity.
Konpon daito is a typical example of Danjo garan. This towering pagoda completed in 1937 has a lacquer finish and stands 48.5 meters in height. Inside this uniquely designed stupa is a three dimensional mandala demonstrating the Shingon teachings.

In Kongobuji Temple the religious affairs of the 3,600 Shingon sect branch temples nationwide are overseen on Koyasan. Magnificient pictures by historically famous artists decorate the rooms such as Ohiroma, Interior of Betsuden, Shibetsuden and the like. Furthermore the temple has a rock garden called "BANRYUTEI", the largest rock garden in Japan (2,349 square meters). The design is of a pair of dragons emerging from a sea of clouds to protect the okuden.

Japanese cedar trees tower over the 2 km path leading from Ichinohashi to Okunoin Gobyo. More than 200,000 grave stones, from military commanders to the common folk, stand in lines between the trees. Kukai's deciples erected a mausoleum upon his death in Okunoin Gobyo. This holly grounds is central to devotion to Kukai, and it's still visited by many people today.

You can enjoy Koyasan in about five and half hours because it takes about an hour to pick you up from your hotel and back again, and about four hours between Namba station and Koyasan station on Nankai railway, using the train and cable car to make a round trip. As for lunch, you can enjoy a vegetarian meal such as vegetable tempura, sesami tofu, black beans, udon with mountain vegetable and the like. It was the ascetic monks that cooked meals in Koyasan, because no women were admitted on the premises until 1867.

Why don't we visit Koyasan, the sacred center of Buddhism, and enjoy a vegetarian meal like the monks?

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Highlights

  • Konpon daito in Danjo garan
  • Kongobuji Temple
  • Entrance path to Okunoin Gobyo
  • Okunoin Gobyo

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What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee (you and guide) train about 4,000 JPY per person, Koyasan 1-day bus pass 830 yen per person, lunch, entrance fee,
Depart From
Mount Koya , Wakayama
Meeting Point
at your hotel in Osaka
Ending Point
at your hotel in Osaka
Duration
10:30 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 30 people   Flexible

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 79 )
Andy Andy United States ( Friends )
Good
1 week ago

“ KIAPA, Japan experience 2018 ”

Hideo is a good Guide with a lot of experience but for a small group not for a big group of tourists. His efforts and patience to organized my group was tumbs up but he needs more improvement in the future. He need to make a better plan as to check the location before visited if their open or closed for the visitors the day before so we could not worsted our time. Overall Hideo is good, our groups said thank you for Hideo.

Hideo:

Dear Andy One day before the tour, the typhoon No.21 (the strongest one this year) hit Japan and I couldn't see the spot closed or opened in the Net, so I deeply appologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for joining my tour. I pray for your KIAPA's prosperity. Best, HIDEo YOSHIda

Gerrie Gerrie Italy ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Passionate + Knowledgable ”

Hideo was a very passionate tour guide that was knowledgable and able to explain well. He was also very patient with me and my family, despite all the hiccups that we had. He assisted us well in buying the tickets and arranging the transportation. It was very helpful so you wouldn't feel overwhelmed by where and how to do stuffs. He made sure that we fit the time schedule and altered them when it was necessary. ありがとう Hideo-san!

Hideo:

Hi Gerrie I'm very happy to receive your review. From the port of Kobe to Kyoto, it was a bit hard schedule but I'm sure you could enjoy visiting Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Fushimi Inari Taisha by a private taxi. My best wishes for you and your family, especially your parents. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Gerrie.

Snooky Snooky Philippines ( Family with kids )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Hideo is very highly recommended ”

We are very happy and satisfied with the service of Hideo . He is patient , knowledgeable and extremely patient . He accommodated me every time I asked that we stop to check some stores or places . He picked us up from the hotel and brought us back . Very kind too. We will surely book him again when we return . Thank you very much Hideo

Hideo:

Hi Snooky I'm very happy to receive your good review. Next time I'd like to see all of your family. I wish all of you happiness and success. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Snooky.

Keshav Keshav United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Very informative, caring and punctual ”

My family and I had a wonderful 3-days with Hideo in the Osaka area. I had let Hideo know of what I'd like to see based on some reading and he showed me all those sights and added more which were very worth visiting. He is a remarkably energetic man coping very well with the record heat of July 2018 the whole time we were with him. He explained the history and culture very well and helped us greatly with our dietary and other needs. He also helped us purchase onward Shinkansen tickets to Tokyo and explained very well and patiently how to get to the train in Osaka station. You may have to get used to his accent but once you do, he is a charm to listen to. I would definitely take Hideo's guiding again. Thanks Hideo for making our visit so memorable!

Hideo:

I'm very happy to receive your polite review. After visiting Himeji Castle, we could enjoy flowers in Kokoen Garden. I'm sure you could enjoy seeing Jinbei same shark and other mairne animals in Osaka Aquarium called "Kaiyukan" and Sky Walkway at Umeda Sky Building. I wish all of your family for health and seccess. I look forward to seeing you again. Thank you, Keshav.

Stephen Stephen United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ visit osaka and temple, dontononi market ”

start with the hot day and hideo very active to show us around - we do one day trip to osaka - at the end osaka is the best city,,,,,too much activity and fun ,,,,if i ever comeback - will use hideo again

Hideo:

Hi Stephen I'm very happy to receive your review. It was a very hot day. We could enjoy eating clam and turban shells at Kuromon Market, one of the three major markets along with Tsukiji in Tokyo, Nishiki in Kyoto. I wish you everyone happiness. I look forward to seeing you again. Thank you, Stephen.

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