World Heritage

KOYASAN

The World Heritage Site Koyasan was founded by Kobo Daishi about 1200 years ago. Koyasan is one of the best places in Japan to experience stay overnight at Shukubo (Temple Lodging) which there is more than 50 temples in Koyasan. Temple lodgings offer traditional lifestyle of Buddhist monks. Also you can see and visit to historical highlight attractions like "Okunoin Temple" and "Danjo Garan (Temple Complex)" etc, in your trip.

Tour to KOYASAN

Nankai group is an expert of KOYASAN, operating train between Osaka and Koyasan and have a deep connection. Nankai Travel International offer 2 kinds of original Tours to go to KOYASAN and Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route.

PRIVILEGE

Nankai Travel International offer the special discount coupons in Koyasan package tours.

- 20% discount coupons for admission to facilities such as Kongobuji Temple, Kondo, Konpon Daito, and the Reihokan Museum
- 10% discount coupons for souvenir Juzuya-Shirobe, Nakamoto Meigyokudo, and Koya-chaya Wakyu.

About KOYASAN(Mt.koya)

Koyasan(literally “Mt.koya”) is home to an active monastic center founded 1,200 years ago by the priest Kukai as a place of religious study. He sought to establish a monastery deep in the mountains, a retreat far from worldly distractions where Buddhist monks could practice their faith and pray for peace and the welfare of the people.As its mountainous name suggests, Koyasan is situated in a valley atop a highland (altitude 900m).

Access to KOYASAN

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Enjoy KOYASAN

Koyasan Station

This two-story wooden station, with its unique temple-style roof, has been registered as an Important Cultural Property by the government. The second story is used as a waiting room which doubles as a lookout point, and is open for anyone to visit. The view from the station, 867 m above sea level, is quite spectacular. On a fine day, you can see the beautifully curving ridge lines of the hills.

Okunoin Gobyo

The Okunoin, or Inner Sanctuary, of Kobo Daishi’s Gobyo mausoleum is one of the most sacred sites on Koyasan. The roughly 2 km path to the Gobyo is lined with ancient cryptomeria trees that are up to a thousand years old, as well as more than 200,000 stone monuments, combining to create a subtle yet profound atmosphere.

Daimon

The main gate to Koyasan, it towers 25.1 m above its surroundings.
The present gate was constructed in 1705.
The Kongo Rikishi statues on either side are second in size only to those at the Todaiji Temple in Nara, and are registered as national Important Cultural Properties.
On a clear day you can see as far as the sea, and witness truly gorgeous sunsets.

Danjo Garan

This is the first part of Koyasan that Kobo Daishi began developing into a temple precinct on the mountaintop. Centered around the Konpon Daito and the Kondo, the nineteen halls here are the epitome of technical skill, together forming a great temple compound. Here you can see young trainee monks running in formation.

Kongobuji Temple

There are a number of buildings within these expansive ground where you can admire rooms decorated with gorgeous paintings on the fusuma doors, or be treated to green tea and confectionary. The temple also boasts one of the largest stone gardens in Japan, the Banryu-tei Garden, making it one spot not to be missed.

The Reihokan Museum

This houses numerous National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties and other valuable items that have been passed down through the temples of Koyasan, including the main temple, through the generations. The elegant building was designed as a copy of the Uji Byodoin Temple in Kyoto, and was built to house precious Buddhist art, statues, and cultural artifacts for general public viewing.

Model Plan

Here is our recommended itineraries.

  • 1-Day trip

    Before your Koyasan Trip
    Ticket pick-up
    Pick-up tickets at Nankai Information Center (opening hours: 9:00-20:00 /*Except on 31Dec-3Jan: 10:00-18:00)
    Information Center is located in Nankai Namba Station, 1st floor.
    You can find long stairs and escalators at there, Information Center is in front of its long stairs.

    *Ticket pick-up time: From one day before (12:00 p.m.) or tour departure date (9:30 a.m.).

    1day
    Let's go from Namba station to Koyasan
    Nankai Namba Sta. - Gokurakubashi Sta. (via Hashimoto Station)by Express train [approx. 1h40min.]

    *At least, please take a Express train departs at 10:02.

    Gokurakubashi Sta. - Koyasan Sta.by Cable car [5 min.]
    Let's enjoy your Koyasan Trip!
    Recommended Course

    Take a Nankai Rinkan Bus

    Upon arrival at Koyasan Station, take on Nankai Rinkan Bus.
    Bus stop is located in front of the Station.

    *2-day free bus ticket is available to use.

    Drop-off at Senjuinbashi Bus stop

    Let's have Shojin Ryori for lunch at Temple Lodging

    *Lunch time is 12:00 at Temple Lodging, please come to there on own.

    Danjo-Garan Temple Complex - Konpon Daito, Kondo

    Kongobu-ji Temple

    Okuno-in Temple

    Return to Koyasan Station by bus

    *Available to use the discount coupons at following places.

    - 20% discount coupons for admission to facilities such as Kongobuji Temple, Kondo, Konpon Daito, and the Reihokan Museum
    - 10% discount coupons for souvenir Juzuya-Shirobe, Nakamoto Meigyokudo, and Koya-chaya Wakyu.

    I'll leave Koya-san.
    Let's go from Koyasan station to Namba
    Koyasan Sta. - Gokurakubashi Sta. by Cable car [5 min.]

    Gokurakubashi Sta. - Nankai Namba Sta. (via Hashimoto Station) by Express train [approx. 1h40min.]
    After back to Nankai Namba Station, go to your next destination!
  • 2-Day trip

    Before your Koyasan Trip
    Ticket pick-up
    Pick-up tickets at Nankai Information Center (opening hours: 9:00-20:00 /*Except on 31Dec-3Jan: 10:00-18:00)
    Information Center is located in Nankai Namba Station, 1st floor.
    You can find long stairs and escalators at there, Information Center is in front of its long stairs.

    *Ticket pick-up time: From one day before (12:00 p.m.) or tour departure date (9:30 a.m.).

    1day
    Let's go from Namba station to Koyasan
    Nankai Namba Sta. - Gokurakubashi Sta. (via Hashimoto Station)by Express train [approx. 1h40min.]

    *At least, please take a Express train departs at 10:02.

    Gokurakubashi Sta. - Koyasan Sta.by Cable car [5 min.]
    Let's enjoy your Koyasan Trip!
    Recommended Course

    Take a Nankai Rinkan Bus

    Upon arrival at Koyasan Station, take on Nankai Rinkan Bus.
    Bus stop is located in front of the Station.

    *2-day free bus ticket is available to use.

    Drop-off at the nearest bus stop of your Temple Lodging

    Leave your luggage at Temple Lodging, then enjoy your freetime in Koyasan.

    Daimon Gate

    Danjo-Garan Temple Complex - Konpon Daito, Kondo

    Kongobu-ji Temple

    Drop-off at the nearest bus stop of your Temple Lodging

    Accommodation

    Dinner at Temple Lodging, stay overnight at there

    good Night!!
    2day
    Join the Morning Prayer, Goma Fire Ritual in the early morning
    *Service availability is different by Temple Lodging.

    After breakfast, Check-out at Temple Lodging

    Reihokan Museum

    Okuno-in Temple

    Enjoy walking from Ichinohashi to Okuno-in [2km/approx. 40 min.]

    Return to Koyasan Station by bus

    *Available to use the discount coupons at following places.

    - 20% discount coupons for admission to facilities such as Kongobuji Temple, Kondo, Konpon Daito, and the Reihokan Museum
    - 10% discount coupons for souvenir Juzuya-Shirobe, Nakamoto Meigyokudo, and Koya-chaya Wakyu.

    I'll leave Koya-san.
    Let's go from Koyasan station to Namba
    Koyasan Sta. - Gokurakubashi Sta. by Cable car [5 min.]

    Gokurakubashi Sta. - Nankai Namba Sta. (via Hashimoto Station) by Express train [approx. 1h40min.]
    After back to Nankai Namba Station, go to your next destination!

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Map of Namba Station
Koyasan guidemap

Tour to KOYASAN

Nankai group is an expert of KOYASAN, operating train between Osaka and Koyasan and have a deep connection. Nankai Travel International offer 2 kinds of original Tours to go to KOYASAN and Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route.

PRIVILEGE

Nankai Travel International offer the special discount coupons in Koyasan package tours.

- 20% discount coupons for admission to facilities such as Kongobuji Temple, Kondo, Konpon Daito, and the Reihokan Museum
- 10% discount coupons for souvenir Juzuya-Shirobe, Nakamoto Meigyokudo, and Koya-chaya Wakyu.