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KOYASAN : The Sacred Center of Shingon Buddhism

by Hideo
(95) Reviews
10:30h $ 299 Price up to 30 people

Highlights

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

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299.00 USD

Price up to 30 people
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Extras (optional)

Extra person ( more than 30 people ).
$ 4.60
Extra hour.
$ 9.20

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

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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 ( 95 )
Pauline Pauline United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 day ago

“ Day tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima with Hideo ”

We loved touring with Hideo! He was so polite and so accomodating to whatever we wanted to do and see. He was extremely helpful with planning the full day for us and helping us with staying on schedule so we could see all that we had planned. He went above and beyond and even helped us with details of booking the train to get to our next destination of Koyasan. Very pleased in all with our tour and day with Hideo and would greatly recommend him to anyone for this tour. Thank you Hideo!

Hideo:

Hello Pauline I'm very happy t receive your review. I'm sure you enjoy the tour of Hiroshima and Koyasan. I wish you happiness. I hope to see you again in the future. Thank you, Pauline.

unbeaten Unbeaten Japan ( Family with kids )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Kanazawa half day tour ”

Hideo-san is a very competent guide & has a kind & gentle personality. We recommend him highly & confirm that it is very much worth having a paid professional guide.

Hideo:

Hi Unbeaten I'm very happy to receive your review. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Unbeaten.

JEAN JEAN United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Hideo is Kind and Helpful Guide - highly recommended ”

Hideo got tickets for Kokedera - Temple and gardens. He guided me through the gardens. Helped me when I would have fallen. I have Parkinson's Disease and without his arm to hold, I would have fallen several times. Kind, polite helpful, excellent guide

Hideo:

Hi JEAN. I'm very happy to receive your good review. Saihoji Temple has another name "Kokedera" or moss garden. After reciting Hannya Shigyo, or the heart sutra,three times, we enjoyed walking two gardens; stroll-type garden and dry landscape garden. I'm sure you enjoyed yourself. I wish you all the best of your good health. I hope to see you again. Thank you, JEAN.

Antoon Antoon Suriname ( Friends )
Good
1 month ago

“ Punctual and professional ”

Knows his trade and was very patient.Has great consideration for our group.Was sharp on time and his transportation connections were fantastic.

Hideo:

Hi Antoon Thank you for your message. I'm very happy to meet your group. I hope to see you again.

Todd Todd United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Full-service guide that kept our large group moving ”

Hideo was a super tour guide! We booked professional tours through the cruise ship at other destinations, and this tour was very comparable to those, at a fraction of the cost. I can highly recommend Hideo, based on this experience. I helped to organize the tour with Hideo for a group from Cruise Critic, that ended up being 25 people. Hideo consolidated all of the costs (travel, entry fees, lunch, etc) into a total fee, and Hideo took care of arranging and planning everything. He met us at the pre-arranged time on the dock and had us back to the dock on schedule. The original plan was to use local public transportation, but Hideo organized private transportation using a comfortable bus, due to the size of the group and concerns about keeping everyone together. Hideo also offer... read more

Hideo:

Hi Todd I'm very happy to receive your message. All of you kept time, so I could move ahead on the schedule. I'd like to show you the appreciation. I wish you every happiness. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Todd.

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