Pilgrimage Route of Koya Kaido & Koyasan (1 Night, 2 Days)
Price Per Person
36,900 JPY - 50,500 JPY
Tour code : 0072K
- Tour Overview
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Historical Streetscape of the Koya Kaido
Four historical roads leading from Kyoto and Osaka come together in the vicinity of Kawachi-Nagano Station before continuing to the holy site of Koya-san, forming a pilgrimage route known as the Koya Kaido. Visitors to the area can enjoy the traditional-looking streetscape and the designated Important Cultural Properties of Nagano Shrine and Eboshigata-Hachiman Shrine and see the Old Mikkaichi Koban, the oldest wooden police box in Osaka Prefecture. As parts of the streetscape remain unspoiled by the passage of time, you can truly feel as though you are following in the footsteps of the pilgrims of old.
Kiichi is a restaurant where you are able to enjoy a variety of seasonal produce and ingredients locally sourced from the Kawachinagano area. Upon entering the restaurant, the lively conversations of regular patrons fills your ears, creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, making any first-timer feel right at home. Finding the perfect harmonies of flavors and ingredients, Kiichi is a delight to all five senses. Furthermore, Kiichi is able to offer a menu which accommodates the needs of each guest to ensure the splendor of Kiichi’s hospitality can be enjoyed by all.
Built during Japan’s Tempyo era (729-749 C.E.), Amanosan Kongou-ji Temple boasts four national treasures, along with many designated important cultural properties including the Romon Gate, Kondo Main Hall, and the architectural wonder of the temple’s two-storied pagoda. A far cry from the swarms of tourists as seen in Kyoto and Nara, the Kongou-ji Temple is a peaceful natural paradise where one can relax and unwind. The temple’s inner garden boasts an abundance of flora and greenery where one can forget the troubles of everyday life by looking out upon the green moss lawn.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en
The Shioyu building was designed in 1913 by the architect of Tokyo Station, Kingo Tatsuno. It was dismantled and later reconstructed in Amami as a Japanese-style Inn called Nanten-en in 1935. Besides relaxing in a calming atmosphere during your stay, you can also delight in the hot springs and feel their beautifying benefits. Take a stroll around the rich natural surroundings of the Japanese garden, and enjoy the succulent cuisine which changes to fit the season. The welcoming and friendly staff provide guests with a map of the local area, cultural experiences, English manuals on how to wear yukatas (Japanese summer kimonos) and how to take a bath in Japanese style facilities.
The highlight of the Danjo Garan, at the heart of Koya-san, is the Konpon Daito. Built as a center for the study of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, it has been a holy site for approximately 1,200 years. Standing 49 meters tall, the vermillion Konpon Daito displays a sense of majesty and dignity. Together with the central statue of the Dainichi Nyorai, statues of the four protector Buddhas and paintings of the sixteen bodhisattvas on the surrounding pillars and walls form an unusual three-dimensional mandala. The moment you step inside, the scent of purifying incense surrounds you and you can feel all your worries and troubles fade away, leaving only calm behind.
Okunoin is the sacred area, where Kobo Daishi (known as Kukai) is believed to have entered eternal meditation. You can discover the mystical atmosphere along the path leading up the mausoleum, with over 200,000 grave stones of historical figures such as Maeda Toshinaga, along with the graves of corporate companies like Panasonic are spread between cedars aged hundreds of years old. When you cross the bridge leading to Kobo Daishi Mausoleum, it seems like you enter into an otherworldly realm. There you can feel a profound energy throughout every part of your body. Furthermore, there is a looking well on the path to mausoleum, which according to legend, anyone whose reflection doesn’t appear in the water of the well is destined to die within 3 years. Do you have the courage to take a peek into the well?
Facing the Kongou-ji Temple, the Sudare Museum is an establishment which introduces guests into the world of the Sudare bamboo blinds, exhibiting an array of materials regarding the long history, culture and manufacturing process of one of Japan’s traditional crafts passed down generation to generation since 794 A.D. Opened in 2004, Japanese sudare as featured in Matsumoto-jo Castle, Nagano Prefecture, are displayed within this exhibition along with other traditional wooden blinds originating from China and Korea. The Sudare Weaving Experience is a definite must-try for those wanting to learn more about this traditional craft!
Available to Book Throughout the year
- Price Per Person(Adults)
- 36,900 JPY - 50,500 JPY
- Tour Operating
- Departing Everyday except Wednesday and Saturday
- Minimum number of participants
- 1 Persons
- Tour Start Point
- TAKASHIMAYA Osaka Store
* Price for one Adults
(prices as seen on our booking sites. If you book through other services, the price may vary)
・A day with an expert tour guide!
・Lunch in a Michelin Guide featured restaurant renowned for its exquisite Japanese cuisine.
・Entrance to the historical Amanosan Kongō-ji Temple.
・Accommodation in a splendid hotel. It is registered as an Important Cultural Property.
・Natural hot spring bathing experience.
・Delicious evening meal and breakfast.
・Experience in the spiritual atmosphere of one of Japan’s holiest places, Koyasan.
※Our tour guide normally conducts tours in English. If you would like to request a tour guide for another language such as French, German or Chinese, please feel free to contact us.
- Booking Deadline
- 10 days before the tour starts
- About Cancellations
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*Please note that tour itineraries may be subject to change due to weather and road conditions or any other unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.
- Tour Start Point
- Nankai Namba Station
- How to get to the Tour Start Point
- [Train Station] Nankai Namba Station
・From Tokyo - approx. 2.5 hrs by Shinkansen
・From Kyoto - approx. 1 hrs by Train
・From Nara - approx. 1 hrs by Train
- Tour Start Time
- Tour End Point
- Time Required
Private Tour Plan
Shared Ride Plan
Private Tour Plan
|09:15||Departure||After meeting up with our guide, it’s time to take the Nankai train and head out on our spectacular Koyasan journey!|
Near Kawachi Nagano Station, four main roads from Osaka and Kyoto converge into one and become the Koya Kaido. This is the pilgrimage route leading to the sacred ground of Koyasan.
It is pleasant to walk the streets of this area and see sights which have remained unchanged for centuries such as Eboshigata Hachiman Shrine or Nagano Shrine. Nagano Shrine is registered as a national important cultural property. With so many places staying the same as they have always been, you will feel like you are walking in the footsteps of the pilgrims.
|11:30||Lunch||Time for lunch in a Michelin Guide featured restaurant! This is for lovers of Gourmet Japan!|
|14:00||Amanosan Kongō-ji Temple||Amanosan Kongō-ji Temple was built in the reign of Emperor Shomu between 729 and 749 CE. The temple houses four national treasures and registered important cultural properties. Flowers surround the temple’s grounds. The temple is a perfect place to enjoy some tea as you gaze at the moss-covered garden.|
|15:00||Sudare blinds craft experience||Sudare blinds are an indispensable feature in Japanese interior design. Learn about the history of sudare blinds and try making your own blinds too!|
|17:00||Amami Hot Springs||Your accommodation for the night is in an elegant and refined hotel which is listed as an important cultural property. Take a stroll through the gardens and feel at home in your room and in the natural hot spring baths. This is a luxurious place to spend time and relax.|
|10:15||Koyasan||A premier location for those who want to see the spiritual side of Japan. There are great sights to see such as the Danjo Garan temple complex with its majestic pagoda and the gravestones and tall trees of Okunoin. Take some pictures and collect some calligraphy and red stamps in a notebook like Japanese visitors to special places do. If you are lucky, you might see Buddhist monks going about their daily duties around the various temples of Koyasan.|
|16:00||Depature from Koyasan to Osaka||
The Nankai train will bring you from Koyasan back to Osaka
※Please make sure to read our [terms & policies]
Shared Ride Plan
|About this Tour Plan||The itinerary for this plan is the same as the Private Tour Plan. Please see the Private Tour Plan for details of the itinerary.|
- Cancellations and modifications
- If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee：None (free of charge)
[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee：30% of the total tour fee
[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee：40% of the total tour fee
[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee：50% of the total tour fee
[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee：100% of the total tour fee
- About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
- ・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.
・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.
- For customers joining tours during the winter period・Tattoo Warning
- Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.
Be warned that if you have any tattoo, you may not be allowed to enter a public onsen or sento. If your tattoo is small enough to cover with Band-Aid and you will have no problem. Please ask the staff at the front desk, if you can go in despite your tattoo. Thank you very much for your kind understanding.
- Itinerary Changes
- ・Customers may make changes to their tour itineraries, such as length of stay, etc. if they so wish.
・Please note that any extensions to the length of stay will incur additional charges.
・Additional charges are generally paid on the day, in cash, to the taxi driver.
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.
- Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
- ・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.
Bits of history in every step
The streets near Kawachi Nagano station were like something from a samurai movie. I had some time relax and gather my thoughts in the garden at Kongo-ji temple. I enjoyed sudare museum. To be honest, I knew nothing about this craft before I went. I found out that the sudare blinds from this area are highly sought after. Even high class hotels and castles seek them out!