Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Restaurants
Shopping
Jobs
Friends
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Restaurants
-
Shopping
-
Budget Travel
-
Questions

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai
Koyasan (Mount Koya) 
# 39   of 175 destinations
in our travel guide

jump to:   access  -  hotels  -  ratings  -  tours  -  links

Okunoin

Mount Koya (Koyasan) is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan's most significant religious figures. A small, secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi built on Koyasan's wooded mountaintop. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and the start and end point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage.

Kobo Daishi began construction on the original Garan temple complex in 826 after wandering the country for years in search of a suitable place to center his religion. Since then over one hundred temples have sprung up along the streets of Koyasan. The most important among them are Kongobuji, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism, and Okunoin, the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum.

Koyasan is also one of the best places to experience an overnight stay at a temple lodging (shukubo) where you can get a taste of a monk's lifestyle, eating vegetarian monk's cuisine (shojin ryori) and attending the morning prayers. Around fifty temples offer this service to both pilgrims and visitors.

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

Attractions
 1  Temple Lodging
Overnight at a Buddhist temple.
User rating: 95/100 (173 votes)
Visited by: 271 users
 2  Okunoin Temple
Temple where Kobo Daishi is enshrined.
User rating: 92/100 (207 votes)
Visited by: 337 users
 3  Kongobuji Temple
Head monastery of the Shingon sect.
User rating: 82/100 (176 votes)
Visited by: 319 users
 4  Garan
Koyasan's central temple complex.
User rating: 81/100 (124 votes)
Visited by: 220 users
 5  Reihokan Museum
Displays many of Koyasan's cultural treasures.
User rating: 78/100 (24 votes)
Visited by: 55 users
 6  Pilgrimage Trails
Hiking and walking trails to and around Koyasan.
User rating: 90/100 (30 votes)
Visited by: 67 users
 7  Daishi Kyokai
Center offering Buddhist activities and lectures.
User rating: 81/100 (54 votes)
Visited by: 113 users
 8  Tokugawa Mausoleum
Koyasan mausoleum of the Tokugawa family.
User rating: 78/100 (57 votes)
Visited by: 111 users
 

Access and Orientation
Access and Orientation
How to get to and around Koyasan.

Koyasan World Heritage Ticket
A special ticket for visiting Koyasan.

About transportation in Japan

Advertisement

Hotels and Ryokan

Tours and Packages
Mt. Koya Tours
Tours and packages for Mt. Koya, including convenient guided tours and a package with lodging at popular temple Fukuchi-in.

User Ratings
Ratings for Mount Koya:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  best of the best  
User Rating (by 346 users):
93/100
  highly recommended

Best rated destinations (out of 160):
3.  Yakushima   96/100
4.  Miyajima   96/100
5.  Mount Fuji   95/100
6.  Tokyo   95/100
7.  Ogasawara Islands   95/100
8.  Mount Koya   93/100
9.  Okinawa Island   93/100
10.  Alpine Route   93/100
11.  Shirakawa-go   93/100
12.  Miyako Island   92/100
Most visited destinations (out of 175):
34.  Izu Peninsula   804
35.  Aso   775
36.  Kawagoe   690
37.  Kurashiki   672
38.  Dazaifu   648
39.  Mount Koya   642
40.  Karuizawa   638
41.  Matsushima   614
42.  Furano   612
43.  Shirakawa-go   571

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

English Links
Koyasan Tourist Association
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Koyasan Tourist Association
Official website.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages
Travel
Sightseeing
Kansai Region
Wakayama Prefecture

Okunoin Temple
Kongobuji Temple
Garan
Reihokan Museum
Tokugawa Mausoleum
Daishi Kyokai
Pilgrimage Trails
Temple Lodging

Buddhism
Temples

World Heritage Sites
Kumano
Yoshino

Koyasan World Heritage Ticket
Kansai Wakayama Pass
Koyasan: Access and Orientation

News and Reports
November 8, 2012
Koyasan Autumn Color Report
by schauwecker
Koyasan Autumn Color Report
November 16, 2010

Related Questions
Nankai tickets
 0 reactions, last updated 18 hours ago
Mount koyosan
 3 reactions, last updated 17 days ago
Shojoshin-In temple in Koyasan
 1 reaction, last updated 47 days ago
How to go from Kansai airport to Mount...
 2 reactions, last updated 65 days ago
Traveling to Koya-San in the afternoon
 1 reaction, last updated 66 days ago
Tokyo to Koyasan, Koyasan to Kii Tanabe
 3 reactions, last updated 67 days ago
Koyasan bus with luggage?
 2 reactions, last updated 67 days ago
Koyasan via Shin-imamiya (instead of...
 2 reactions, last updated 69 days ago
Kyoto to Mt Koya - 1 day trip
 1 reaction, last updated 92 days ago
About Koyasan World Heritage Ticket
 2 reactions, last updated 92 days ago
Kansai thru pass for Koyasan
 1 reaction, last updated 98 days ago
Choosing shukubo stay
 0 reactions, last updated 110 days ago
Koyasan pilgrim route
 2 reactions, last updated 114 days ago
Osaka to Koyasan
 1 reaction, last updated 115 days ago
Which is easier? going to or from...
 2 reactions, last updated 133 days ago
Hiking the Pilgrimage Routes to Koyasan
 1 reaction, last updated 134 days ago
Looking for info on accommodation in...
 5 reactions, last updated 137 days ago
Fudo-in or Shojoshin-in Temple stay in...
 8 reactions, last updated 146 days ago
Limited Express World Heritage Pass
 1 reaction, last updated 157 days ago
Where to buy Koyasan World Heritage...
 7 reactions, last updated 162 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: August 27, 2012
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - Lɂ‚ - advertising