Spiritual Mount Koya
Mount Koya has been a place of religious devotion and ceremony since the 9th century, when Kobo Daishi founded the first temple and the Shingon sect of Buddhism
Hike along the historic Choishi Michi trail, leading all the way to the main temple complex on Mount Koya
Explore the atmospheric Okunoin graveyard
Stay in monastery lodgings in the temple town of Mount Koya
Taste the delicious Shojin Ryori Buddhist cuisine
Travel by train along the scenic Nankai railway line before walking the final section of the Choishi Michi trail, the historic traditional approach to reach the temple town of Mount Koya, a bowl-shaped valley filled with cedar trees 800 metres up in the mountains of the Kii Peninsula. Mount Koya has been a place of religious devotion and ceremony since the 9th century, when Kobo Daishi founded the first temple and the Shingon sect of Buddhism. Today there are more than a hundred monasteries, many of which have Shukubo lodgings for pilgrims and other visitors. Stay in one of these lodgings run by monks and dine on Shojin-Ryori Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
Stay for two nights, which includes accommodation in Shukubo monastery lodging, dinner and breakfast, as well as round-trip rail tickets from Kyoto or Osaka.
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This experience is an Add-on package
Include this experience in your own custom tour - it is ideal as a side-trip from Kyoto or from Osaka. Clients heading to the Kumano Kodo or Shikoku can include Mount Koya en route from Kyoto to the trail.