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Wakayama: Mt. Koya Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

1. Wakayama: Mt. Koya Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Explore Mount Koya in your own way with a private licensed guide. Choose the 6 or 4-hour option depending on what fits with your schedule. Let the guide know what special requests you have for the day and they will tailor your itinerary accordingly. All guides hold the nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification. It is issued by the Japanese government and requires a good understanding of Japanese culture and history. Meet your guide at the station near Mount Koya. The first stop will be Daimon, Koya-san’s main gate. Admire the impressive gate painted in a bright crimson color, and the large statues of guardian gods. Continue to Konpon Daito pagoda to discover Buddhist pictures and murals. Next, head to the Kongobu-ji Temple. Admire the beautiful features and architecture of the complex, such as sliding screens, art adorning the spacious rooms, and the largest rock garden in Japan. Stop for a Shoujin Ryori lunch, and experience vegetarian Buddhist cuisine. Stop at Okuno-in, the most sacred place on Mt. Koya. To reach the shrine, walk over the Ichinohashi Bridge and follow the Sandō path. Explore the famous Toro-do Hall with its "unextinguishable" flame. The final stop will be the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism.

Koyasan: Mt. Koya Guided Private Walking Day Tour

2. Koyasan: Mt. Koya Guided Private Walking Day Tour

Explore the pilgrimage site of Mt. Koya on a guided, private day tour. This small, secluded temple town is known as the center of Shingon Buddhism, a significant sect that was introduced to Japan in 805 A.D. by Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai. Marvel at the array of temples on your tour. Begin your tour at Koyasan Station, where you'll meet your guide. From there, head up to the wooded mountaintop and enter through the sacred gate of Daimon. Admire the structure, which reaches an impressive 21.5 meters in height. Continue onwards toward Kongobuji, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism. Kobo Daishi began construction on the original Garan temple complex in 826 A.D. In 1593, Toyotomi Hideyoshi built this structure to commemorate the death of his mother; the temple was later merged with the Shingon sect. Venture further along the streets of temples to reach the temple Okunoin. This sacred place is the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum. Follow the quiet paths through the verdant forest and reflect on the spirituality of the historic temple grounds. . Lunch is not included. You can either prepare lunch before the tour or buy it during the tour.

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