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Koyasan, a historic Buddhist sanctuary surrounded by wilderness
Short trip from Osaka to Koyasan

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Steven Brockway / I'm from Lake Tahoe, NV, USA / I have lived in Japan for 5 years.

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I first came to Japan in 2010 as an exchange student to Hiroshima University, and have lived in Koyasan for the last four years as an English teacher.
Ever since I was young I have had a strong interest in different cultures and the world in general. I am also an avid hiker and love the outdoors. For those reasons, Japan, and Koyasan in particular, have been amazing places to live and work. And while I do not plan to live in Japan forever, I can easily say my time here has been a phenomenal experience.

Nested within the remote Kii Mountains lies one of Japan’s most unique destinations – Koyasan. Founded in 816 this small Buddhist town recently celebrated its 1200th anniversary, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. It is the capital for one of Japan’s major sects of Buddhism, and is not just visited by people from all over the world, including the Dalai Lama, but also thousands of Japanese citizens. Originally created by one of Japan’s most influential figures – Kobo Daishi – Koyasan offers many special experiences that are difficult to find elsewhere. These include a stay in one of the town’s over 50 temples, a stroll through Japan’s largest cemetery, and cuisine synonymous with the area. Additionally, Koyasan differs greatly from similar places famous for their history like Kyoto and Nara, as it is entirely located within nature and without the influence of the city.

Osaka Station

JR Osaka Loop Line (18min)
¥1,560

Shin-Imamiya Station(JR Osaka Loop Line )

Transfer (5min)

Shin-Imamiya Station(Nankai Koya Line)

Nankai Koya Line Limited Express Rinkan (42min)

Hashimoto Station(Nankai Koya Line )

Transfer (4min)

Hashimoto Station(Nankai Koya Line )

Nankai Koya Line (38min)

Gokurakubashi Station(Nankai Koya Line)

Transfer (7min)

Gokurakubashi Station (Nankai Koyasan Cable)

Nankai Koyasan Cable (5min)
¥390

Koyasan Station

Walk (1min)

Koyasan Eki-mae Stop

Kongobuji-mae Stop

Walk (1min)

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Koyasan Shingon Sect Main Temple Kongobu-ji

  • Estimated time:1hr
  • Estimated cost:¥500

The headquarters for Japan’s Shingon Sect of Buddhism

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Walk (10min)

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Lunch

  • Estimated time:1hr

A variety of options, including local dishes

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Walk (10min)

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Danjo Garan Complex

  • Estimated time:1hr
  • Estimated cost:¥400

The core of Koyasan and the initial foundation

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Walk (3min)

Reihokan Museum

  • Estimated time:1hr
  • Estimated cost:¥600

Koyasan’s premier museum and center for cultural artifacts

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Walk (10min)

Buddhist Temple Lodgings (Evening)

A brief experience of Buddhist monk life and practices

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Buddhist Temple Lodgings (Morning)

Buddhist morning services and breakfast

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Walk (10min)

Senjuin-bashi East Stop

Nankai Rinkan Bus (4min)
¥140

Ichinohashi-guchi Stop

Walk (30min)

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Okunoin

  • Estimated time:1hr

The jewel of Koyasan, and its most fascinating feature

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A walk through Koyasan

  • Estimated time:3hr30min

Lunch and a chance to explore the town

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Nyonindo Hall

  • Estimated time:30min

The Women’s Hall, and traditional borders for women

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Walk (1min)

Nyonindo Stop

Nankai Rinkan Bus (11min)
¥220

Koyasan Eki-mae Stop

Walk (5min)

Koyasan Station

Nankai Koyasan Cable (5min)
¥390

Gokurakubashi Station(Nankai Koya Line Nankai Koyasan Cable)

Transfer (5min)

Gokurakubashi Station(Nankai Koya Line)

Nankai Koya Line (43min)
¥1,050

Hashimoto Station(Nankai Koya Line )

Transfer (11min)

Hashimoto Station(Nankai Koya Line )

Nankai Koya Line Express (46min)

Shin-Imamiya Station(Nankai Koya Line)

Transfer (6min)

Shin-Imamiya Station(JR Osaka Loop Line )

Osaka Loop Line (17min)

Osaka Station

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