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KOYASAN : The Sacred Center of Shingon Buddhism

Mount Koya
10:30 hours
up to 30 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)


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

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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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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point at your hotel in Osaka
Ending Point at your hotel in Osaka

Inclusions & Exclusions

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,


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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.

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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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Polly Polly Canada ( Family with kids )
4 days ago

“ Highlight Tour of Kyoto ”

Communication with Hideo was very good. He was organized in laying out plan for our 5 hour tour. We were happy with his service in guiding us through the various sites.


I'm very happy to receive your review. We enjoyed Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkakuji Temple and Nishiki Market. I wish you and your family happinss and your children's healthy growth. Thank you, Polly.

Rosemary Rosemary United States ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Day in kyoto ”

Hideo took us from OsK to Kyoto. He was a knowledgeable guide. English was pretty good and his organization of the day very helpful


Hello Rosemary I'm very glad to receive your review. I'm sure you enjoyed a bowl of rice topped with Tenpura for lunch in Nishiki Market. I wish you a Merry Christmas. Thank you. Best HIDEo YOSHIda

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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