[Chartered booking for the beautiful scenery! including lunch: Tour to Okunoin and ancient forest road hiking]
Would you care to stroll along an ancient pilgrimage route in the forest?
You can come empty-handed. It is just walking on a nearly-flat and beautiful mountain trail and having lunch with a picturesque spot reserved for you.
We provide a luxurious time where you can indulge yourself in some ancient remains and the superb view of nature in a refreshing holy ground. It is not an arduous trailing course. It is not necessary to walk all the way back after you have enjoy the superb view since our courtesy transportation is ready to take you back at the final point.
This tour is for those who do not enjoy tiresome mountain-walking, those who like to walk in the mountain without any preparation, those who desire to casually see an extraordinary natural landscape and wish to be healed in nature from daily life online tiredness, those who want to avoid crowded places, and also suitable as a surprise gift for that special person.
[Before joining this tour]
Mount Koya is surrounded by beautiful mountain paths in a wildlife reserve. Though it only a few minutes from town, it is true that many people indeed hesitate to go hiking as their mental image is of a rather tough path that takes several hours to reach the summit.
Normally, special preparations are required for a mountain trip, and be extra careful for not getting lost. But as this tour includes local guide, we ensure you can join empty-handed and free-minded.
On top of that, this tour consists of a pleasant walk through the woods on an almost flat route for only 40 minutes. Not a strenuous long mountain hike, but a short and quick immersive tour into Mother Nature of the Kii mountain range.
Nowadays, in a convenient age when many things can be done online, it is quite likely to constantly get eyes tiredness from looking only to computer screens all day and lack of exercise. Chances are you seldom go out due “staying at home” and also want to avoid crowded spaces. Since this this tour offers a private experience in an open-air space, there is no room to that kind of concerns.
[Mountain path around Mount Koya]
We take a stroll recommended by mountaineering professionals of part of the most beautiful mountain paths around Mount Koya. Before the Meiji era, Mount Koya used to be forbidden for women, but they were allowed to take surrounding the mountain paths. We walk this historically significant path ingrained with the wishes of those who were never granted access at that time.
Many people all around the world pay a visit to this sanctuary wherein tombs of Sengoku warriors and prominent figures in Japanese history line up, and also for its stunning view of the gigantic stone pagodas along the path to Gobyo, Okunoin. This tour is recommended also for those who have already joined the “Okunoin Night Tour’ which takes a different route and offers a different explanation. You go along a route listening to the fascinating comments on the oldest huge tree of Okunoin, the biggest tombstone, tombs of samurais, tombs of termites and so forth.
Mount Koya regional cuisine bento (box lunch)
[If you join this tour]
With chairs and tablecloths specially set at the beautiful scenery panorama spot where mountains overseeing the Kii mountain range including the summit of Mount Omine, a lunch which will be impossible in daily situations, can be experienced.
Strolling along an ancient route in a wildlife reserve, rare species plants of plants can be observed while listening closely to birdsongs, you can also cast yourself into a misty fantastic atmosphere after the rain.
With the right timing, the ritual of serving food offerings served to Kukai can be observed. We promise you a special memento not just simply travelling around the typical tourist spots.
There are few visitors to Mount Koya due of the prolonged self-restraint caused by the coronavirus turmoil, similar situations are seen not only on Mount Koya but also at several places in Japan. Mount Koya is a rare world heritage which has inherited the cultures and ideologies of ancient India and the Tang dynasty until today.
Part of the sales of this experience goes to Koya City in the form of tax revenue that can contribute to the preservation of the nature and culture of the World Heritage Site.
This tour is not suitable for those climbers who wish to climb for long hours aiming at the summit, but it is a relaxed stroll in nature. Limited to one to two groups per day, and the picturesque spots shown in this tour are not listed in ordinary climbers’ maps of Mount Koya; those are included with special permission.
With the mountain path recommended by forest professionals just there, it will be a great shame you go back without seeing it.
Having a pleasant walk in a wildlife reserve which can hardly be experienced in urban cities, it might be a good idea to add this experience to your travels around the typical tourist spots of Mount Koya.