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Sacred Koyasan

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Mount Koya, Wakayama, Japan

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $350 USD per trip
  • Duration

    6 hours

  • Avg Distance

    8 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Daily departures available at 9.00am

  • Starting Location

    Ichinohashi Tourist Information Center

  • Price Includes

    Guided Tour in English, transportation and English brochure

  • Notes

    Please note that the price indicated is a group rate and covers groups of up to 6 people. Tours of 7-20 participants costs $500 per group. Please bear in mind that admission fees and lunch are not included.


  • Visit Okunoin, the largest cemetery, or approach the Kobo Daishi's mausoleum. Walk in the peaceful skyscraper cedar forest with its history and legends
  • Stop in at Garan, the core temple complex. Learn how Koyasan was chosen as a world heritage site with a harmony of Shinto and Buddhism
  • See Kongbuji, the head temple of Koyasan Shingon Esoteric Buddhism. You will also see the original sliding door paintings of 400 years ago and the largest rock garden in Japan
  • Visit the Buddhist museum of Reihokan which is home to more than 50,000 pieces of National Treasures and Cultural Important Properties
  • Enjoy Shojinryori, the gourmet vegetarian cuisine which attract many visitors at a temple. Enjoy it at a local restaurant if you like for an additional cost


Trip Info

Since ancient ages, Koyasan has been visited by not only Buddhist priests, monks, worshipers and pilgrims but also by many ancient emperors and aristocrats. In 2014, Koyasan will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 2015, the region will recognize its 1200th year since foundation. Koyasan continues to attract more tourists each year who seek tranquility and solemnity away from the bustling city life. This tour will introduce you to its beauty and include gourmet vegetarian cuisine at temples.

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