Mt. Koya World Heritage Tour - Excursion in Japan - Japanspecialist

Mt. Koya World Heritage Tour

One day (9 hours)

EUR 210,-


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.



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.

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.

What is included

What is included

  • English-speaking government-licenced interpreter
  • Admission fees
  • Transportation costs

What is not included

  • Pick-up and drop-off service

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