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The following is a suggested 2-day itinerary for average-paced travelers which takes you through Koyasan, the center of Shingon Buddhism. Parts of the route, namely the Women Pilgrims Course, follow a nature trail, and proper walking shoes are recommended, especially during or after wet weather.

Day 1: Okunoin and Temple Lodging

Start
Start at Koyasan Station
Bus
15 minutes
Karukayado-mae bus stop
Walk
5 minutes
Okunoin Temple
Temple where Kobo Daishi is enshrined 2-3 hours
Okunoin is the site of the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism and an important figure in the religious history of Japan. The grounds contain a huge graveyard of those who want to be close to Kobo Daishi.
Walk
20 minutes
Head to your temple lodging in the town by bus or on foot
Temple Lodging
Overnight at a Buddhist temple
Stay overnight at a temple lodging (shukubo) and participate in the temple activities like meditation. Facilities at a shukubo tend to be simple, and meals served are vegetarian monks' cuisine (shojin ryori).
Finish

Day 2: Temples and a Pilgrimage Trail

Start
Check out of the temple lodging after breakfast
Walk
Kongobuji Temple
Head monastery of the Shingon sect 45-60 minutes
Kongobuji Temple is a large temple where visitors can see exquisitely painted fusuma doors from the 16th and 17th centuries. The rock garden in the back of the temple is one of Japan's largest.
Walk
5 minutes
Garan
Koyasan's central temple complex 45 minutes
The Garan consists of several buildings, of which the two most prominent ones are the Kondo Hall and the Konpon Daito Pagoda. Of note is also the Chumon Gate which was reconstructed recently.
Walk
10 minutes
Daimon Gate
Large vermilion gate 5 minutes
A large, two-story tall gate that marks the traditional entrance to Koyasan.
Women Pilgrims Course
Hiking trail that was traditionally for women 60 minutes
The Women Pilgrims Course leads around the town of Koyasan and was built for women who were banned from entering the town before 1872. We walk the section from the Daimon Gate to the only surviving Nyonindo Hall, halls built for female pilgrims.
Nyonindo bus stop
Bus
5 minutes
Finish
Koyasan Station

Hotels around Mount Koya

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    • Guest House Suzumeno Kakurembo
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Koyasan and within 37 km of Tama Museum, Guest House Suzumeno Kakurembo features a restaurant, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. This 2-star guest house offers luggage storage space. Itakiso Shrine is 44 km from the guest house and Jodo-ji Temple is 44 km away. Guests at the guest house will be able to enjoy activities in and around Koyasan, like hiking. Kishi Station is 37 km from Guest House Suzumeno Kakurembo, while Matsushita Park is 44 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 60 km from the accommodation.
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    • Koyasan Guest House Tommy
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, Koyasan Guest House Tommy is located in Koyasan, 38 km from Tama Museum and 38 km from Kishi Station. The 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is situated 45 km from Matsushita Park. At the guest house, rooms are fitted with a desk and a flat-screen TV. At Koyasan Guest House Tommy each room comes with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers an ? la carte or American breakfast. Itakiso Shrine is 45 km from Koyasan Guest House Tommy, while Jodo-ji Temple is 45 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 61 km from the guest house.
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    • Guest House hachi hachi
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, Guest House hachi hachi is situated in Koyasan, 37 km from Tama Museum and 37 km from Kishi Station. The 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is set 43 km from Matsushita Park. At the guest house, rooms come with a desk. Guests at Guest House hachi hachi can enjoy a continental breakfast. Itakiso Shrine is 43 km from the accommodation, while Jodo-ji Temple is 44 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 60 km from Guest House hachi hachi.
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    • ‚–μŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰Ψ’θ‰@ Rengejoin
      Luxury
      Situated in Koyasan, within 39 km of Tama Museum and 39 km of Kishi Station, ‚–μŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰Ψ’θ‰@ Rengejoin features accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 4-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. Guests can enjoy garden views. At the ryokan the rooms include air conditioning and a safety deposit box. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at ‚–μŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰Ψ’θ‰@ Rengejoin. Matsushita Park is 46 km from the accommodation, while Itakiso Shrine is 46 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 62 km from ‚–μŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰Ψ’θ‰@ Rengejoin.
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    • Koyasan Syukubo Ekoin Temple
      Mid-range
      A 1000 year-old Buddhist temple, Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in offers Japanese-style accommodation, a beautiful garden and free WiFi. Guests are free to attend Buddhist morning services, the Goma fire ritual and meditation. Rooms feature tatami-mat flooring, comfortable futon bedding and paper sliding screens. They are fitted with an LCD TV and a safe. Bathroom facilities are shared, and the public baths are open 16:00-22:00 and 06:00-09:00 daily. Shukubo Temple is close to other ancient Buddhist buildings such as Kongobu-ji Temple, which is a 10-minute walk. The Ichi-no-Hashi entrance to the ancient Okuno-In Temple is a 3-minute walk away. Guests can experience group meditation, and they can write Buddhist texts with a brush and ink on scrolls at their room. They can also go hiking in the scenic surroundings of Koya-san Eko-in. The temple has a lounge with a PC corner. Meals are served at the guest room at scheduled times and feature Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, and gluten-free meals can be requested at an additional fee. Groups of 4 or more persons dine at the Japanese-style dining room, where chairs can be provided upon advance request.
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    • Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin
      Mid-range
      Located in Koyasan, within 39 km of Tama Museum and 39 km of Kishi Station, Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin provides accommodation with a garden and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 3-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. The ryokan features family rooms. At the ryokan, each room includes a wardrobe. Each room comes with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV, and certain rooms at Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin have a balcony. At the accommodation all rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin can enjoy a vegetarian breakfast. Matsushita Park is 45 km from the ryokan, while Itakiso Shrine is 45 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 62 km from Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin.
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    • Koyasan Saizenin
      Mid-range
      Located in the sacred Koyasan area, Saizenin offers simple accommodation surrounded by mountains and many temples. Originally developed as a lodging for the templesf pilgrims, it conducts Buddhist services every morning that guests can attend. Nankai Koyasan Train Station is a 15-minute drive away. Fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding, each room comes with a flat-screen TV and a seating area. A safety deposit box is also provided. The Koyasan Saizenin features luggage storage and free parking. Kansai International Airport is 40 km away. Nankai Namba Train Station in Osaka is a 2-hour train ride from the proprety. Healthy vegetarian meals are served in the guest room or in the dining room for dinner and breakfast.
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    • Yochi-in
      Mid-range
      Located in the sacred Mount Koya area, Yochi-in is a historic temple and an accommodation for visitors. Just to the left of entering sanmon gate, there is a stone garden created by the famous Mirei Shigemori and designated a natural monument by the Japanese government. Guests can experience temple activities such as meditation, sutra copying and tracing of Buddhist deities at an additional charge, if reserved in advance. Guests can also participate in morning prayers, which do not require reservation. All rooms at Yochi-in are Japanese-style and feature tatami (woven-straw) floors. Traditional futon bedding, a TV, fan and heater are provided. Bathroom and toilet are shared with other guests. The spacious public baths feature a hot tub. On-site luggage storage is available. Guests with reservations that include a meal can enjoy delicately prepared homemade vegetarian meals featuring seasonal dishes. Convenience stores are located within a 3-minute walking distance from the property. It is a 10-minute walk from the famous Kongobuji Temple. Guests can visit the Buddhist temple, Danjogaran, just a 3-minute walk away.
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    • Jokiin
      Mid-range
      Located in Koyasan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jokiin offers free private parking. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Rooms have a shared bathroom. Jokiin features free WiFi throughout the property. There is luggage storage space at the property. Guests can participate in the morning prayers upon request. The property is a minute's walk from Kongobu-ji Temple. The temple building is also situated nearby.
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    • Sojiin
      Luxury
      Located at the heart of Mount Koya, Sojiin offers Japanese-style accommodations in a Buddhist temple. Vegan meals are served for dinner and breakfast. Sakai is 42 km from Soji. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 40 km from the property.
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