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One Day Tour to Mt. Koya from Osaka. Be Enchanted.

1 day
up to 10 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Mt. Koya was established by High Priest Kukai in 816 as a sacred site for Esoteric Buddhism. He was going to express the concept of the Universe on this mountain top basin.Still, there are 117 temples and 3,000 people live in this city. Mt. Koya is a big temple which include a city. Visit Mt. Koya to experience the holiness and sacredness of Esoteric Buddhism.


Feel free to personalize this offer with HIROYUKI.

  • Hotel pick up
  • 10:00 Nankai Namba Station - 11:35 Koyasan Station
  • Daimon Gate
  • Local Buddhists’ Vegetable Lunch (Shojin Ryori)
  • Danjo Garan (Temple Complex which expresses the concept of the Universe)
  • Kongobuji Honzan (Headquarters of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism)
  • Okuno-in (Inner Sanctuary where people meet High Priest Kukai)
  • 17:43 Koyasan Station - 19:30 Nankai Namba Station
  • I can finish the tour at your temple in Mt. Koya so that you will be able to stay overnight in Mt. Koya

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What to Expect

I will meet you at your hotel in Osaka around 9:00am, then we will go to Koyasan by train.
Mt. Koya is one of the most sacred places in Japan and is the headquarters of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism which is one of the most influential Buddhism in Japan.
We will visit three of the most sacred places in Mt. Koya.
First, we will visit Danjo Garan Temple Complex which expresses the concept of the Universe. After that, we will visit Kongobuji Honzan which is the Headquarters of Shingo Esoteric Buddhism. We will make a inners trip there to see beautiful rooms and a famous Japanese Garden. And then, we will make a pilgrimage of two kilometers to the mausoleum of High Priest Kukai in Okunoin Inner Sanctuary. People believe Kukai is still alive there to meditate to save people. I will tell you why on the spot.
I used to work for Wakayama Prefectural Government as a director of the Cultural Heritage Management Division, and I was in charge of the Koya and Kumano World Heritage Project.
I have a lot of knowledge about Mt. Koya. You can learn a lot about Mt. Koya on the spot.

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Departure & Return

Depart From Osaka Wakayama
Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Osaka or Wakayama
Ending Point At your hotel in Osaka or Namba Station, or Wakayama, or your shukubo hotel in Mt. Koya

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee,hotel pick up in Down Town Osaka

What‘s not included

Transportation fee(you and guide)
Between Namba Station and Koyasan JPY4,360 for round trip per person plus same amount for guide
Bus ride in Koyasan JPY840 per person plus same amount for guide
Entrance fees JPY500 for the Headquarters JPY200 for Fundamental Pagoda JPY200 for Golden Hall plus same amount for guide
Koyasan Buddhists’ Vegetarian Lunch
from JPY2,000 per person and same amount for guide


As we will walk for more than two kilometers, comfortable shoes are recommended.

It is cooler in Koyasan than in Osaka by five degrees, be prepared for this cooler weather.

Tours are NOT covered by insurance. Make sure to be covered by your own insurance.

Transportation fare, entrance fees and lunch for you and guide are NOT included in the guide fee.

Direct payment will be occurred in CASH on the spot on the day of the tour.
Transportation fare Between Namba Station and Koyasan JPY4,360 for round trip per person plus same amount for guide
Bus ride in Koyasan JPY840 per person plus same amount for guide
Koyasan Buddhists’ Vegetarian Lunch from JPY2,000 per person and same amount for guide
Entrance fees JPY500 for the Headquarters JPY200 for Fundamental Pagoda JPY200 for Golden Hall plus same amount for guide read more

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 ( 3 )
5.0 (3) Reviews
Very Good
Daniel Nicholas Daniel Philippines ( Solo )
4 weeks ago

“ An Enriching Experience ”

I greatly enjoyed my trip to Koya-san with Hiroyuki-san. He is a fine and learned gentleman. He was happy to share his wisdom on esoteric Buddhism, it's concept of 'universe,' and the history of Koya-san, which added context and enhanced the experience. He was also happy to listen about the culture and practices of my country, making the experience mutually enriching. Koya-san is a mystical place. Hiroyuki-san made me appreciate its sacredness the moment we entered Daimon Gate, which is the starting point. Walking alongside Hiroyuki-san through its quiet streets, amidst light snowfall, visiting its snow-capped shrines and temples, and having warm tea and conversation with him, are memories I will treasure. As we left Koya-san and reentered the world below, I felt that I became a slig... read more


Daniel-san, Thank you very much for everything during the tour. I am very glad that you liked Koyasan very much. I myself enjoyed the tour and conversations with you. I learned a lot about Philippines and Philippine culture from you. As I am interested in culture and food, I googled cultural heritages and food in Philippine after going home. I found that they are very attractive. Especially, historic city of Vigan and sweets such as buko pie, ensaimada and halo halo attract me a lot. Thank you very much for such a great review. Your review encourages me a lot. Please keep in touch, I look forward to seeing you again. Arigato, Matane!

Taylor Taylor United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ 1 Day Koyasan - Private Tour ”

Hiroyuki was the absolute best, we are so grateful and happy that we booked him as our tour guide during our stay in Koyasan. Having just one day, we wanted to make sure that we saw the most important sites. He gave us such a thorough and full-circle tour of Koyasan. Before spending the day with Hiroyuki, I did not know much about Buddhism. And if I hadn’t had my tour with Hiroyuki, I would just be wandering around the beautiful sites that Koyasan has to offer, all without the beautiful meaning behind it all. He gave context and history to everything we were seeing.. Hiroyuki’s English is amazing, to say the least.. he is also so knowledgeable with Buddhism and the history of Koyasan, even down to the dates! He was very timely and made sure that we spent the right amount of time at a... read more


Taylor san, How are you two doing? Thank you very much for posting such a great review and everything during the tour. I also enjoyed a lot in Koyasan. Arigatou gozaimashita. By the way, I have a friend who works at Kumamoto government. If you are interested in finding your relatives in Kumamoto,let me know. There might be something I can do for you for free. Thank you very much once again, I look forward to seeing you again. Matane! Hiroyuki

Claudio Claudio United States ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Knowledgeable, conscientious, very nice gentleman! ”

He crafted an itinerary specific to our desires, kept us on time, was very knowledgeable due to his foreign relations background, simply an elegant, educated, and kind man. I would very highly recommend him, and I’m planning on engaging his services again when we go on a longer trip to Osaka and Kyoto.


Claudio san, I was very lucky to have met such a nice couple like you as the first customer on TripleLights. And thank you very much for posting the great review and for everything during the tour. I showed you just a very small part of Osaka. There are a lot more to see in Osaka, Kyoto, Koyasan and Kumano. How about macha parfait in Kyoto next time? Please say hello to your family for me. Thank you very much once again. Looking forward to seeing you two again.

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