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Embark on a unique night exploration of Mt. Koya's Okunoin

Okunoin Night Tour (Mt. Koya)

Would you like to join a mystical night tour at Mt. Koya, the sacred site of Shingon Buddhism? Located in Wakayama Prefecture, Mt. Koya is the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism, founded by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai) in the early 9th century. The Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, including Mt. Koya, were registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites in 2004, widely recognizing their historical and cultural significance worldwide. Mt. Koya is also part of the Koya-Kongobuji National Park, blessed with beautiful landscapes woven by ancient coniferous forests and artificial plantations.

In Okunoin, the heart of Shingon Buddhism, surrounded by the grand nature of the mountain, a special night tour awaits. The tour is held amid the solemn atmosphere of the night, guided by monks and long-term residents with guiding licenses who have extensive knowledge of Mount Koya. As you explore the temple grounds at night, lanterns along the stone-paved paths create a mystic ambiance. However, many areas have no handrails, so caution is advised for those with visual impairment or mobility issues. A wealth of information about Kobo Daishi, Shingon Buddhism, tombstones, the history and legends of Koyasan, the life of ascetics, and the history of Japan from its founding to modern times, as well as the local natural environment is at your fingertips. Additionally, you might encounter wildlife such as flying squirrels, owls, bats, and fireflies if you're lucky.

Don't hesitate to join this tour for a deeper understanding of Mount Koya's history and traditions and to witness the sacred site's majestic beauty different from the usual day tours.


734, Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama

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