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Koyasan Monastery Retreat

Duration
2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 476

This retreat to spiritual Mount Koya (Koyasan) is the perfect way to delve into the quiet mysticism of Japanese Buddhism. Explore Koyasan with an expert guide, then join the monks for a stay at a traditional shukubo temple lodge.


Connect your time in Kyoto and Osaka with this overnight atop Koyasan, one of the most picturesque mountains in Wakayama. Ascend via cable car, then explore the most impressive of the 100 or so temples that dot the mountain. More than a feast for your eyes, Koyasan is the centre of Shingon Buddhism and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll visit Japan’s largest cemetery, the last resting place of many key figures from the country’s history. Stay overnight at Shukubo Buddhist Temple Lodging for a complete cultural immersion, rising early to see the monks chant their morning prayers. Transfer to Osaka for your onward journey.


 

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Duration
2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 476

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Day 1

Kyoto to Koyasan

This morning, make a scenic two-hour journey by local train to Mount Koya (Koyasan), winding your way up into the mountains of Wakayama Prefecture. The final ascent to the top of Koyasan is made by cable car, where your guide will be waiting. Proceed with your guide to explore Koyasan, home to over 100 temples. Koyasan has been the centre of Shingon Buddhism for over 1200 years, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Kongobunji Temple, home to Japan's largest rock garden, and the Garan temple complex. Continue on a walk through Okunoin, Japan's largest cemetery, which houses the mausoleum of the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi, as well as the tombstones of feudal lords, prominent monks and well-known business people. Tonight you will be staying at a shukubo, traditional Buddhist temple lodging. These rooms are comfortable but simple and not luxurious, and this is the best way to immerse yourself in the authentic, spiritual atmosphere of Koyasan. Dinner tonight is shojin ryori, traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Shukubo Buddhist Temple Lodging

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    Shukubo Buddhist Temple Lodging



    Temple lodging is simple and comfortable, but not luxurious. A temple stay is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the monastic life and mystical traditions of Koyasan. Please note that washroom/bath facilities are usually shared.

    Temple lodging is simple and comfortable, but not luxurious. A temple stay is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the monastic life and mystical traditions of Koyasan. Please note that washroom/bath facilities are usually shared.

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Day 2

Koyasan to Osaka

Make an early start to the day to witness the monks chanting their morning prayers. This spiritual experience is followed by a shojin ryori breakfast. The rest of the morning is at leisure for you to further explore Koyasan. Your train back to Shin-Imamiya station in central Osaka is included, and you can make the journey at any time you wish.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 1 night traditional temple lodging
  • Half-day guided tour of Koyasan
  • Train tickets Kyoto-Koyasan and Koyasan-Osaka (Shin Imamiya)
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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