2-day private excursion to Mount Koya with overnight stay in a temple - Departing from Osaka

2-day private excursion to Mount Koya with overnight stay in a temple - Departing from Osaka

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Discover historic Buddhist monasteries and temples which are listed UNESCO World Heritage sites
Overnight in a shukubo (traditional temple lodging)
Shojin ryori, Buddhist vegetarian cuisine
Evening guided tour of the Okunoin cemetery (optional extra)

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Duración
2 días

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Horas de inicio
8:00

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Explore Mount Koya and its Buddhist monasteries for two days!

Mount Koya is in a remote area south of Osaka and is the cradle of Shingon Buddhism, a branch of Japanese Buddhism founded by the monk Kukai in the 9th century. This Buddhist branch's most important buildings were constructed on this sacred mountain, and they now form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At the summit of Koyasan, as the Japanese call it, you'll find numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. This tour is a chance to learn all about these fascinating places of worship while enjoying the surrounding nature.

  • Day 1: departure from Osaka - visit to Mount Koya with overnight stay at the temple

On the first day, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Osaka and take you to Mount Koya by public transport. Leaving from Osaka's Namba station, the journey to the mountain's summit, which takes just over two hours, is by train, funicular and bus.
On arrival, you'll first pass through the Daimon Gateand then visit the buildings of the Danjo Garan temple complex, including the Konpon Daito pagoda.

After a lunch break (not included), you'll visit the Kongobuji temple, considered the heart of Mount Koya as well as Shingon Buddhism, before heading to your accommodation: a traditional shukubo lodging in a temple. You'll say goodbye to your guide after check-in, as you'll be free to explore the site on your own the next day.

Once in the temple, you'll enjoy an evening meal of shojin ryori, the monks' authentic vegetarian cuisine. After dinner, you can take part in an evening guided tour of the Okunoin cemetery, a sacred space where Kukai's mausoleum is located (shared tour lasting approximately 1.5 hours - only if you select this option).

  • Day 2: Continue exploring Mount Koya - return to Osaka

After a night spent on a futon in a traditional and spiritual setting, you can attend the monks' morning prayers and chants from 6am. After this musical wake-up call, a Japanese breakfast will be served at the shukubo. You can then continue to explore Mount Koya on your own and at your own pace.

At the end of the day, you'll return to Osaka on your own by the same means as the outward journey. (return tickets included)

Opciones

You'll be asked to select a package when you book:

- Private tour only
- Private tour with evening group tour

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  • Availability: every day (except under exceptional circumstances)
  • Pick-up point: Your Osaka hotel
  • Time: 8am - please arrive 10 minutes early
  • This guided tour is private: no outside participants will join your group during the tour (except for the night tour if you select this option)
  • Pick-up is only available from a hotel located in Osaka city. Please provide your Osaka hotel's address when booking
  • The tour is free for children under the age of 6 - if public transport is crowded, they'll have to sit on their parents'/guardians' laps
  • This private tour requires a minimum number of 2 participants
  • You may have to wear a mask in some places visited
  • The duration of the tour may vary if there are high visitor numbers.

El precio incluye

  • Private excursion to Mount Koya leaving from Osaka
  • Transport from/to your accommodation
  • Return journey by public transport
  • Admission to the temples visited
  • Night in a temple (shukubo)
  • Dinner and breakfast a the shukubo
  • The company of an English-speaking guide on Day 1
  • Evening guided tour of the Okunoin cemetery (optional extra)

El precio no incluye

  • The lunches (2 days)
  • The company of an English-speaking guide on Day 2
  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other extras

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