Mt. Koya World Heritage Tour - Japanspecialist

Mt. Koya World Heritage Tour

One day (9 hours), EUR 210,-

  • Excursion tour
  • One day (9 hours)
  • Osaka
  • Koyasan, Ichi-no-Hashi bridge, Okuno-in Temple, Danjo Garan Complex

Be amazed by the wonderous hidden treasures of Mt. Koya.

On this tour, you'll discover the centre of Shingon Buddhism, an influential sect of Buddhism introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi. Mt. Koya (also known as Koyasan) is a World Heritage Site as part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". On these sacred grounds, you'll be greeted by buddha statues, mandalas and incredible nature. Your guide will provide you with all the necessary information to help you understand the area's importance.

Itinerary

09:30

You'll meet your guide at Swissotel Nankai Osaka's 6F Bell Desk. Please arrive 10 minutes before the departure of the tour. From here, you'll walk to Nankai Namba Station with your guide.

You will take the train from Nankai Namba Station to Koyasan Station with a connection at Gokurakubashi Station. At Koyasan Station, you will take the bus to Ichinohashi Kanko Centre.

Lunch is a 'bento box,' the Japanese version of a packed lunch. For vegetarians, it's possible to have Buddhist vegetarian cuisine; please make a request on the day.

Start your afternoon with a short walk (10 minutes) to Okuno-in Temple, the highlight of Mt. Koya. Okuno-in is Japan's most sacred cemetery and the resting place of the country's most important figures.

Starting at the Ichi-no-Hashi bridge, you will traverse along a two-kilometre path surrounded by ancient cedar trees leading you through this mystical complex lined with hundreds of thousands of small stone pagodas.

The journey will then culminate at the site's centrepiece, the mausoleum of Kobo-Daishi.

After a 10 minute walk, you'll reach the Danjo Garan Complex. Danjo Garan was one of the first complexes built by Kobo-Daishi in Koyasan and is said to be one of the best representations of Shingon Mikkyo Buddhism in Japan.

Since the 9th century, the complex has functioned as a centre for spiritual teaching, and you may even encounter groups of saffron-robed pupils making their rounds during your visit.

18:30

At the end of the complex visit, you'll head back to Osaka by public transport, by taking a bus to Koyasan Station and then a train to Osaka with a change at Gokurakubashi. The tour culminates at Nankai Station.

Summary

Length: One day (9 hours)
Visiting places: Koyasan, Ichi-no-Hashi bridge, Okuno-in Temple, Danjo Garan Complex
Departing from: Osaka
Price: EUR 210,- (learn more about prices)

Important information
- The tour may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants (2) is not achieved 4 days before the scheduled start date.
- At reception, please show your reservation confirmation sheet, a printout of the reservation confirmation e-mail or show the e-mail on your mobile device screen to staff.
- This tour uses public transport and seats cannot be guaranteed.
- Depending on weather, road conditions and traffic congestion, the order of activities and arrival times may vary.
- Lunch will be provided in the form of a Japanese bento box.
- Vegetarian meal options are also available and can be requested in advance.
- If the lunch venue is closed the tour will visit an affiliate restaurant however vegetarian options will not be available.
- Please wear suitable shoes for walking and be aware that the temperature at Mt. Koya is around 8 degrees lower than in Kyoto and Osaka, so warm clothing is advised.
What’s included
- English-speaking government-licenced interpreter
- Admission fees
- Transportation costs
What isn’t included
- Pick-up and drop-off service

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