☆PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE BOOKING☆
[For a safe and comfortable tour]
◯ Lanterns will be lit on the left and right on the way, but there are many places without handrails, so please refrain from participating if you are worried about visibility at night.
◯The minimum walking distance for this tour is about 3km. The road is mostly flat, but there are stairs and small steps. For your safety, please refrain from participating if you have weak legs or are in poor physical condition.
◯ Since it will be a “group tour” that will proceed according to the time of the return bus, we recommend a private tour during the day if you use a cane or are not confident about following a group tour.
◯ We aim to fully enjoy the beauty and solemnity of the sacred place at night. This is a quiet space shared with other worshipers, so please refrain from talking in a loud voice.
◯Be sure to check the curfew and bathing time of the accommodation facility before making a reservation.
Please note that guests staying at Renge-in and Fumon-in cannot participate in the tour due to curfews and bathing hours.
[Those who want to take pictures at their own pace]
We are doing this “group tour” according to the bus boarding time on the way back, so if you want to take pictures at your own pace, we recommend that you take a walk on your own rather than on a tour. Okunoin is a cemetery where the souls of the dead sleep. Please be considerate of the deceased and worshipers when taking photos.
[Strollers and wheelchairs]
Although the path is mostly flat, there are steps and stairs, so it is not recommended for people with strollers or wheelchairs because it will be physically taxing to lift them up many times along the way.
The sacred place at night is a quiet and calm space unlike the daytime. Also, for babies and young children, staying up late may affect their physical condition and sleep rhythm. Therefore, this tour is for elementary school students and above (6 years old and above). Thank you for your understanding.
[In case of rain/bad weather]
◎Those who have made a reservation in advance
→ “If the tour is canceled” We will contact you by 18:40 to the email address you registered at the time of reservation, and we will refund the full amount online. If there is no contact by either method, the tour will continue. In case of rain or snow, please bring appropriate clothing, shoes and rain gear. We do not rent out umbrellas.
◯Those who have not made a reservation in advance
→Please check this website and refrain from contacting the temple office of the temple where you are staying to inquire about whether a tour will be held on the day.
[Tour precautions in case of rain]
・It is difficult to hear the voice of the guide when the rain hits the umbrella
・It is difficult to see the front because of other participants’ umbrellas
・Your shoes and clothes may get wet
・ Slippery cobblestones
There is a possibility that you may feel inconvenient compared to the tour in fine weather. Please note that the tour will take place in nature.
The temperature will be about 7 degrees lower than the flat ground, so please be careful of the cold, especially at the turn of the season. Please bring boots in case of rain or snow.
[Maximum number of people per group]
In order to maintain the fantastic atmosphere and quality of the tour, the maximum number of people per group is 35 per guide.
* However, if the number of people in one group increases due to a sudden illness of the guide, we will notify you on the official website on the day and contact those who have made advance reservations at the registered e-mail address. We will give you a full refund.
[If there is no reservation]
Due to the limited number of people, you may not be able to participate even if you come to the site on the day. Especially on Saturdays and days before holidays from March to November, reservations tend to fill up quickly, so early reservations are recommended.
【If you make a reservation from this page, it will be an English tour reservation】
It is not possible to change to a Japanese tour on the day. If there is space on the Japanese tour, you may change your reservation, but there will be no refunds.
[About the return bus]
Only for the return trip of the Okunoin Night Tour, we will guide you to the return bus so that you can return to almost all temple lodgings in Koyasan by 21:00.
Details of the return bus route are listed at the bottom of this page.
*If your inn has a curfew at 21:00 and you are staying at an inn that is far from the departure point, Ekoin Temple, you can board the return bus.
*Also, if you are worried about going home alone at night, you can also use the bus.
*We walk 900m from Okunoin Gokusho, the dissolution point, to board the bus. A guide will take you to the bus stop.
*During busy periods, the bus may be crowded and you may have to stand up to board the bus. However, please be assured that the bus ride time will be about 10 minutes at the longest.
*No bus fare is required.
*If you are staying at an inn on the west side of the “Senjuinbashi” bus stop, you will need to walk 5 to 10 minutes after getting off the bus, so we do not recommend participating if you do not want to feel rushed.
[What is the way to the meeting place? ]
Please walk or use the route bus to the tour meeting place (Ekoin).
*Please refer to the Nankai Rinkan Bus website for public bus timetables.
*Taxis are not available as the store closes at 17:00.
[Meeting place Ekoin, no parking]
The parking lot at Ekoin Temple, the meeting place, is for hotel guests only, and tour guests cannot park. Please park your car at the free parking lot in Koyasan and come to the meeting place on foot or by bus.
[Cancellation policy for phone/email/web reservations]
If canceled due to customer’s convenience, the following cancellation fee will be charged.
In case of cancellation on the day of the tour 100% of the tour fee
80% of the tour fee if canceled 1-2 days before the tour
30% of the tour fee if canceled 3 days to 7 days before the tour
No cancellation fee will be charged if canceled 8 days before the tour date
* However, if the tour cannot be held due to bad weather such as warnings, we will refund 100% without cancellation fee.
Ekoin Temple is the starting point for tours, but Ekoin is not a reception for reservations of the night tour. For inquiries, please contact the above. Please refrain from contacting the temple office of other temple lodgings, as it will interfere with business.