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Mt. Koya, Kumano and Kumano Kodo Three Days

3 Days
up to 10 people
English ( Business )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Mt. Koya is a sacred site for Buddhism which was founded in India and brought to Japan in the 6th Century. Kumano is a sacred site for Shintoism which is rooted in the nature worship in Japan. And Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes connect these sacred sites. In this tour, we will visit Mt. Koya(Danjo Garan, Honzan, Okuno-in) and Kumano (Hongu, Hayatama and Nachi Grand Shrines, Nachisan Seigantoji Temple and Nachi Waterfalls), and we will walk on Kumano Kodo Daimon-zaka Pilgrimage Route.


Feel free to personalize this offer with HIROYUKI.

  • DAY 1

  • Hotel Pick-up

  • 10:00am Nankai Namba station - 12:00 Mt. Koya Shukubo check in

  • 12:30pm Danjo Garan Temple Complex

  • 1:30pm Lunch

  • 2:30pm Honzan Headquaters Kongobuji Temple

  • 4:00pm Inner Sanctuary Okuno-in

  • 5:00pm Your shukubo

  • DAY2

  • Early morning Take part in the fire service and/or morning ritual at your Shukubo.

  • 9:45am - 2:22pm Trip from Mt Koya to Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine

  • 2:30p Kumano Hongu Grand Shine and its fomer site Oyunohara

  • 3:20pm - 4:12pm Trip from Kumano Hongu to Kumano Shingu

  • DAY3

  • Early Morning Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine and/or Kamikura Shrine

  • 9:25 JR Shingu Station - 9:47 JR Kii Katsuura Station

  • Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage; Daimonzaka – Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine

  • Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine

  • Seigan-toji Temple

  • lunch

  • Nachi Waterfalls

  • 3:24pm JR Kii Katsuura Station - 7:02pm JR Tennoji Station (Osaka)

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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 JR Stations

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee
hotel pick up

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and guide) approx Osaka JPY 18,000 Wakayama JPY16,000 per person
Accommodation (you and guide)
Lunch, dinner (you and guide),
Entrance fee (you and guide) approx JPY1,000 per person


Only available April 1 - November 30 Ask for availability BEFORE booking

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

Transportation fare, entrance fees,lunch, dinner and accomodations (YOU and GUIDE) are NOT included in the guide fee.(shukubo temples are available in Koyasan and hotels are available at reasonable price in Shingu, ask for details)

Direct payment will be occurred in CASH on the spot on the day of the tour.

Transportation fare approx Osaka JPY18,000 Wakayama JPY16000 per person

ONLY available April 1- November 30
Ask for availability BEFORE booking

Cancellation Policy

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

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?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

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 ( 4 )
5.0 (4) Reviews
Very Good
Joanne Joanne United States ( Friends )
7 months ago

“ Cultural enlightenment ”

Our group of 3 had a fascinating day with Hiroyuki walking the shrines,temples and waterfall of Nachi. The relationship of Buddhism and Shintoism became much clearer to us. He was an expert in explaining the history and significance of the Kudo Kumano Pilgrimage. Additionally he picked a great restaurant for lunch and was very helpful in getting us settled at our hotel. I highly recommend him


First of all, thank you very much for coming to Japan in this kind of situation. I sincerely hope that you had enjoyed not only Kumano but also other places in Japan. It was my pleasure to explain about Shintoism and Buddhism Unite Theory in Kumano. Even in Japan, many of us do not know whether we are Shintoists or Buddhists. And thank you very much for writing such a kind review in the middle of your tour. I appreciate it very much. Say hello to Chris-san and Thomas-san. Looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Hiroyuki

Daniel Nicholas Daniel Philippines ( Solo )
9 months 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 )
9 months 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 )
10 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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