The Choishi-michi is a 24km forested trail, rich in Buddhist tradition and history as the ancient sacred path takes you all the way up to Koyasan. You will have the opportunity to hike a path pilgrims have travelled for 1200 years and become a part of that history yourself.
The choishi-michi begins at Jison-in Temple, located near Kudoyama station. The trail is marked by large, ancient stone signposts (choishi) which stand every few hundred meters along the path so that pilgrims can find their way.
On this tour, you will see and experience varied scenery with different forest types (such as bamboo and pine) and beautiful landscapes: the path passes by beautiful views to forested mountains, small old villages, a persimmon plantation, a valley with rice fields, numerous small shrines, and even surprisingly part of a golf course in the middle.
Learn about the amazing natural and cultural history of the area you’re visiting as it comes to life with unique stories relayed through your guide. Enjoy the assurance that comes with hiking with a guide who knows the area’s weather, terrain, and wildlife. In other words, focus 100% on wondrous nature around you and let us take care of the rest!
- Visit historical shrine and temple. (Jison-in and Nyutsuhime)
- Hike the magnificent Choishi michi trail with magnificent natural beauty
- Learn about local lifestyle and buddhist tradition
- Relax in scenic areas during breaks
WHERE DO WE MEET
We’ll meet in front of the KUDOYAMA station. Your guide will contact you approximately 3 days before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous.
Bear in mind that you need to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to your tour departure in order to not miss the tour.
Remark on trekking:
The tour must start at latest 9am from Kudoyama station.
You must stay at a place within 2 hours by train from Kudoyama station on the previous night. (ex.Osaka, Nara)
You should not participate in this activity if you have a heart condition, are pregnant, or have another serious condition which limits strenuous activity.
Ryochi Takai was born and raised in Koyasan. His love for the surrounding natural beauty in the mountains led to many years of hiking the surrounding trails. His grandfather,father and brother are both priests on Koyasan, providing him with a unique insight into the spiritual practices on the mountain as well. He spent over 3 years in England, polishing his English skills and expanding his global knowledge. With a desire to return home and help introduce more people to the land he loved since childhood, 2012, he founded Koyasan Guesthouse Kokuu, the first such lodging on Koyasan. He balances a long-time passion for music with the quiet peace of the surrounding forests and enjoys giving more people the opportunity to enjoy these mountains and the deep history and sacred treasures within them. He leads various excursions in the area and his local knowledge helps many tourists come to a deeper appreciation of the heritage hidden throughout the region. He is also an owner of “Koyasan Guest House KOKUU”