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【Okunoin Cemetery, Kongobuji, and Garan – 4 Hours】Half Day Tour by a Local Guide in Mount Koya

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Max People : 15

As a local guide who lived in a temple in Koyasan takes you to the principal places of Koyasan. Okunoin cemetery, Kongobuji temple, and Garan, which is a temple complex are included.

Things I talk about are as follows.
・Teachings from Shingon Esoteric Buddhism
・Kobo Daishi (aka Kukai): The founder of Mount Koya
・Legends (funny and scary ones in Mount Koya)
・Daily life of monks
・History of Mount Koya

This tour can be customized due to your requirement, please contact me for details.

Friendly monks will be happy to explain daily living of monks, training at Koyasan temples and important teachings of the esoteric Buddhism brought by Kukai, as well as deepening your understanding of Koyasan’s history and culture.

In this tour, we will go round the following temples of Kongobuji, Garan & Okunoin.

Let’s learn the teachings of esoteric Buddhism that have been protected for 1200 years through dialogue with the locals, and experience the teachings in the nature of Mt. Koya.

Tour overview

*Note: The exact times listed below may vary depending on our starting time.

09:45:Meet in front of public toilet in Nakanohashi parking lot (It is just next to Okunoin mae bus stop) Visit Okunoin,
11:45: Visit Kongobuji & Garan
13:45: Finish the tour


09:45:Meet in front of public toilet in Nakanohashi parking lot (It is just next to Okunoin mae bus stop) Visit Okunoin,
11:45:Lunch (It is not included in the tour fee. )
12:45: Visit Kongobuji & Garan
14:45: Finish the tour


Meeting Point Options:

 Suggested by Guide: In front of public tilet in Nakanohasi parking lot (It is just next to the Okunoin mae bus stop) Finishing point is Garan chumon.

Duration: 4 hours

Although it is possible to delay the start time of the tour, the temple will be closed at 4:30-5:00.



This is a walking tour however we will use taxis or public transportation for a short time during the tour to move between temples.

  • Guiding Services




Banryutei (Japan’s largest rock garden)

Yanaginoma (Willow Room: Hidetsugu suicide room)

Tensuioke (Rain Barrel)   

Kyozo (Scripture Storehouse)   

Shoro (Bell Tower)   

Daigenkan & Kogenkan (Entrance)   

Ohiroma & Jibutsuma   Umenoma (Plum Room)   

Betsuden (Temple Annex)   

Shin Betsuden (New Temple Annex)   

Shoin Jodan no Ma (Gold Leaf Wall)   


Okushoin (Resting Area for the Imperial Family)   

Chigonoma (Page Room)   

Tsuchimuro (Earth Room)   




Kondo (Golden Hall)

Konpon Daito (Great Pagoda)

Chumon (Twin-tiered & five-sectioned gate)

Miedo (Great Portrait Hall)

Miyashiro (Shrine Complex)

Rokkaku Kyozo (Hexagonal Depository of the Scriptures)

Saito (West Tower)

Kujyakudo (Prayer for Rain)

Jyunteido (Temple for pabajja)



Gokusho (Temple Office)

Gobyobashi (Bridge to the Most Sacred Place)

Miroku Ishi (Bodhisattva Stone)

Torodo (Spectacular Lantern Hall)

Gobyo (Mausoleum of Kobo Daishi: the Most Sacred Site)


Let’s learn the esoteric teachings that have been protected 1200 years through the conversation with the priests and experience the teachings in the nature of Koyasan.

On this occasion, please feel familiar with the monks that you don’t come into contact with everyday, they will politely explain the lives of priests in temples, that people can not normally see, and useful teachings for your future life.

Tour departure & duration

Depart daily

It takes 4 hours to visit Okunoin, Kongobuji & Garan.

Tour price

45000 JPY (Up to 5 people)

For more than 5 people, there will be an additional charge of +1,000yen per person.


To request for a private tour, send inquiry or contact us by E-mail ( Please tell us the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Number of persons in the group
  3. Date of the tour
  4. Starting time & Meeting place


If the tour is canceled due to bad weather, the fee will be refunded.

Starting point

Finishing point

Minimum number of people to depart

1 person

Included in tour price

  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Photographing Data
  • Restaurant Reservation Service
  • Taxi Reservation Service


Koyasan residents with guide license