Explore the Sacred Koyasan Okuno-in by Night
A spiritual world awaits at one of the most magical and sacred sites on the Henro pilgrimage
The precincts of the Koyasan temple complex in northern Wakayama are fascinating enough by day, but after sundown they become even more intriguing and magical. Soak up this history and mystique on a night tour with a licensed guide through the Okuno-in, one of Koyasan’s most sacred sites. You’ll be treated to stories about Kobo Daishi—also known as Kukai, the founder of this well-known collection of temples—see his mausoleum, and learn the story of his life along with the basic tenets of Shingon Buddhism. In Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi is believed to rest in eternal meditation, praying for the peace and happiness of all sentient beings.
This curated walk highlights aspects of the sacred site that travelers often miss on unaccompanied visits, such as the symbolism of the memorials and their shape, Buddhist funeral culture, and other traditions. Expect to be entertained with fascinating stories and legends, both spooky and silly, all provided in English.
497 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama-ken
approx. 90 min. or more