Private tour

Wakayama: Mt. Koya Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Activity provider: JGA Inc.
Private tour

Wakayama: Mt. Koya Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Activity provider: JGA Inc.
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From US$ 90.39 per person

Likely to sell out

Explore the best of Mount Koya with a private guide. Learn about the mountain's connection to the Shingon school of Buddhism.

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Duration 4 - 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Discover the best of Mount Koya on a private guided walking tour
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a licensed local guide
  • See all of the most important highlights of Mount Koya
  • Let your guide take care of the itinerary planning
  • Learn about Japan’s history and culture
Full description
Explore Mount Koya in your own way with a private licensed guide. Choose the 6 or 4-hour option depending on what fits with your schedule. Let the guide know what special requests you have for the day and they will tailor your itinerary accordingly. All guides hold the nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification. It is issued by the Japanese government and requires a good understanding of Japanese culture and history. Meet your guide at the station near Mount Koya. The first stop will be Daimon, Koya-san’s main gate. Admire the impressive gate painted in a bright crimson color, and the large statues of guardian gods. Continue to Konpon Daito pagoda to discover Buddhist pictures and murals. Next, head to the Kongobu-ji Temple. Admire the beautiful features and architecture of the complex, such as sliding screens, art adorning the spacious rooms, and the largest rock garden in Japan. Stop for a Shoujin Ryori lunch, and experience vegetarian Buddhist cuisine. Stop at Okuno-in, the most sacred place on Mt. Koya. To reach the shrine, walk over the Ichinohashi Bridge and follow the Sandō path. Explore the famous Toro-do Hall with its "unextinguishable" flame. The final stop will be the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism.
  • Private 4 or 6-hour tour (depending on option selected)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation to/from the meeting point
  • Any public/private transportation fees during the tour

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Meeting point

Gokurakubashi Station

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Important information

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  • This experience will take place rain or shine
  • The local partner's team will communicate with you prior to the experience to confirm the logistics of your booking
  • This experience can be personalized to meet your requests and preferences
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The tour with our guide Yasuhisa Nakajima was excellent. Thank you very much!

March 25, 2023

Product ID: 393722