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Exploring Koyasan


Wakayama
9 hours
up to 20 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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Women were forbidden to enter Koyasan until 1872. Koyasan, literally means Mt Koya, a 900 high highland located in Wakayama Prefecture is a center of Buddhist study. A founder of Shingon Sect, Kobo Daishi Kukai who was granted by emperor Saga to use this land in 816. You can touch the Buddhist concept of vicissitude in a walk through the path toward innermost sanctum in deep ceder tree forest.

Itinerary

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  • Koyasan Temple Complex tour - Konpon Daito (Great Pagoda)
  • Koyasan Temple Complex tour - Kongobuji (Head Temple of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism), 2,340m2 largest temple dry garden
  • Koyasan Cemetery Path to Kobo Daishi Mausoleum - Torondo (Lantern Hall), Kobo Daishi Gobyo (Mausoleum of Kobo Daishi)

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What to Expect

Women were forbidden to enter Koyasan until 1872. Koyasan, literally means Mt Koya, a 900 high highland located in Wakayama Prefecture is a center of Buddhist study. A founder of Shingon Sect, Kobo Daishi Kukai who was granted by emperor Saga to use this land in 816 had not passed away but is believed still sitting in eternal meditation at Okunoin (a cemetery, innermost sanctum in deep towering cedar trees) 1,812 temples were built here in Koyasan and now 117 temples remain. The path, continues about 2 km from the Ichinobashi bridge to Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum, is lined on both sides by hundreds of commoners’ and also great hero’s gravestones, memorial pagodas. We can touch the Buddhist concept of vicissitude in a walk through this path.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kansai district ( Kansai district = City of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara)
Ending Point At your hotel in Kansai district ( Kansai district = City of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Included:
*Travel expense for the guide as required to travel with customers by means of public transportation such as train, subway, bus.
Travel expenses for the guide included are limited within Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Kobe)
*Return tickets for the guide to go to Koyasan station from Gokurakkubashi station by a cable
*Return tickets for the guide to go to Bus station, Kongobuji temple mae by a bus
*Admission fees, tickets for the guide as might be incurred at temples, shrines or the like.
*Meals , drinks or the like for the guide during the tour
*Any tax or the like as might be incurred by the guide in Japan
*Gratuity

What‘s not included

*Return train tickets for the guide between Nankai Namba station to Gokurakubashi station
*Fees to cruise river or sea or the like for the guide
*Tickets for Universal Studio Japan, museum or the like for the guide as might be required at private or public entertainment facilities.

Important

Any day or time is available, inclusively long tours extended to more than 10 days across Japan, but please reconfirm guide's availability at time of booking

- TICKETING -
Recommend purchasing "Koyasan world heritage tickets" in advance
- GENERAL INFORMATION -
Be quiet and respectful in Koyasan Temple complex and the path to Kobo Daishi Gobyo (Mausoleum of Kobo Daishi)
Remove hats and sunglasses in front of main sanctuary in Temples
Not to touch old buildings, old remains and objects
Not to take pictures where prohibited in Temples complex
Take your shoes off before stepping on tatami

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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Ian Ian United Kingdom ( Family )
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4 days ago

“ An excellent day in Kyoto ”

My son James (24) and I had a terrific day in Kyoto with Masahisa. Before arriving his communication was very comprehensive and suggested an excellent itinerary for us to look at, ensured we could tackle it and covered off personal desires such as type of lunch. It was comprehensive, professional and thoughtful. Which sums up Masahisa. We had a memorable day with him and his knowledge and enthusiasm of both the places we visited but also of Japan and its’ culture made it special. Masahisa is a true gentleman and a wonderful ambassador for Japan. Arigato gozimasu, Masahisa, Our best wishes, Ian and James.

Masahisa:

Ian and James It's me to thank for reminding me of great speach of Simon's, ex-SNP leader we Japanese were moved on Mar 12, 2011, also story of St Andrews, yes also congestion charges things in London. Please take sides with us on Mar 20 against South Africa. Thank for visiting us again and wish your safe return home with great memories here. Thanks Masahisa

Dana Dana United States ( Solo )
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1 month ago

“ I would trust Masahisa with my life! ”

We ride the train for 2 hours to Ise tour. He is informative, respectful, and very kind.

Masahisa:

Dana Thanks for your visit. Wish your safe return home, hopefully with taste of indigenous plum wine in the far east. Thanks Masahisa

Velda Velda Hong Kong ( Family )
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2 months ago

“ Masahisa is a truly superb, professional & wonderful tour guide! We would highly recommend him! ”

We spent the day with Masahisa in Kyoto. He guided us from our hotel in Osaka, all the well to Kyoto and back. Masahisa is so knowledgeable in Japanese culture, and has some great recommendations! He also helped us take photos throughout our day with him. He looked after us very well during the tour, and made different arrangements to suit our capabilities. He even emailed us afterwards with some helpful tips! If you want to spend your time well in Japan, we would definitely recommend spending it with Masahisa! (I know I sound like a promo bot, but Masahisa really was above expectations!!!)

Masahisa:

Velda Thank again for your trip to Kansai in midst of sweltering weather here. Wish your safe return home without any possible mischief by typhoon Rosa now hitting us. Thanks Masahisa

Malcolm Malcolm United Kingdom ( Couple )
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4 months ago

“ Day trip from Kobe to Kyoto ”

What a well dressed and polite guide. His knowledge was immense and patience was extraordinary. We were sorry we did not have more time with him. His photographic input made our day more memorable. The use of train, underground and taxi transport made our ability to see more essential sites.. His lunchtime dining location was excellent in a peaceful historic building. Full marks to him in creating a great experience.

Masahisa:

Malcolm Glad to learn your safe return home. Thank you for your quick stopover and please stay couples of nights in Kyoto next time. Also thanks for reminding me of memories of your beautiful national trust properties, also Cotswolds and Lake Districts. Thanks Masahisa

James James New Zealand ( Family with kids )
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5 months ago

“ Extremely professional and generous with his time ”

We enjoyed the tour with Masahisa. He is very knowledgable and professional. His English is excellent.

Masahisa:

James Glad to hear from you again. Thank you for your visit and believe you returned home safely with great family memories here. Thanks Masahisa

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