Koyasan (Koya-cho, Wakayama Pref.)
Here you can feel the 1,200 years of history and culture of the Shigon sect of esoteric Buddhism.
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A basin located at an elevation of 900 meters high in the mountains, Koyasan is considered a holy spot by members of the Shigon sect of esoteric Buddhism because it is the home of the sect founded by the monk Kubo Taishi. Visitors to the site can take guided tours in English, French, Chinese and Korean, as they visit the various sites on the mountain.
- Shigon sect of esoteric Buddhism:
- A sect of Buddhism founded by the monk Kubo (known as Kubo Taishi in Japanese) about 1,200 years ago
- Participation At Guesthouses Kept By The Temple
On the holy ground of Koyasan, there are a variety of programs visitors can participate in at the Shukubo (guesthouses) there, including Shojin-ryori, Shakyo, and meditation, etc.
- Guesthouses kept by a temple
- Vegetarian and grain dishes associated with life at a temple, with absolutely no meat or fish.
- Making a handwritten copy of a Buddhist sutra
- Walking Courses On The Mountain
At Koyasan, as part of a site inscribed as a world heritage property, the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range," there are pilgrimage routes that have been used for centuries, and many walking courses are available for visitors.
- Walking courses:
- There are several courses available, a standard religious course, an arts and crafts course, and a family course, etc.
- By train:
- Nanba Station - Koyasan Station (Nankai Koyasan Line); 1 hour 30 minutes
- Wakayama City
- Wakayama Tourism Federation