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From various points

JR/private railway/subway, etc.

Namba Sta.

Approx. 2 hr. via Nankai Koya Line/cable car

Koyasan Sta.


Take a bus from Koyasan Station for approx. 10 min.; get off at “Isshinguchi”

Rengejo-in Temple Length of Visit: Approx. 15 min.


This temple has the strongest connection to the Sanada Family in Koyasan. It was the first place that father and son, Masayuki and Yukimura, stayed after being placed in confinement. The family crest of six coins appears throughout the temple. After the death of Yukimura and the Sanada Family moved to Matsushiro (Nagano prefecture), it became the Sanada Family temple in Koyasan.

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Walk a very short distance from Rengejo-in Temple

Tokugawa Family Mausoleum(Length of Visit: Approx. 15 min.)

Tokugawa Family Mausoleum

Close to Rengejo-in Temple, the Tokugawa Family Mausoleum venerates the spirits of father and son, Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hidetada and is a place of notable interest.

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Take a fixed-route bus for approx. 10 min. and get off at “Okunoin-mae”

Okuno-in(Length of Visit: Approx. 90 min.)


Okuno-in is the largest holy site in Koyasan and centers on the mausoleum. The temple approach, which continues for approximately 2 km from Ichinohashi Bridge, is lined with Memorial stupa for warriors representative of Sengoku, such as Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Ishida Mitsunari, Takeda Shingen and Katsuyori, and Uesugi Kenshin.

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Take a fixed-route bus from Okuno-in for approx. 10 min.; get off at “Kondo-mae”


Danjo Garan Complex
(Length of Visit: Approx. 60 min.)

  Danjo Garan Temple

A sacred place for Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, the worldview and doctrine centering on Dainichi Nyorai (Buddha Mahavairocana) are expressed visibly in the building construction, Buddhist statues, and Buddhist paintings. It includes the national treasure, Fudo-do Hall, Kondo Hall, Konpon Daito (pagoda), as well as Chumon Gate, which was newly rebuilt in 2015 to commemorate the 1200th anniversary the foundation of Koyasan.


Walk from Danjo Garan Complex

Kongobu-ji Head Temple

  Kongobu-ji Temple

This is the head temple for the Koyasan Shingon Sect that has 3600 temples throughout Japan. It was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1593 as the family temple for his late mother, and reconstructed in 1863. The Banryu-tei Garden is a must see; a pair of dragons created from rocks emerge from a sea of clouds to protect the inner sanctuary.


Koyasan Shukubo overnight accommodations (shojin vegetarian cuisine, morning religious service)

Koyasan Shukubo overnight accommodations (shojin vegetarian cuisine, morning religious service)

Of the current 117 temples, 52 are shukubo (temple lodgings) where the general public can also stay overnight. Each is different, not only in history and principal image, but also in shojin cuisine, guestrooms, and gardens. They offer an experience in an extraordinary setting that cannot be encountered elsewhere. Sake called hannyato and beer can also be consumed. Guests can rectify their spirit during the religious service the next morning.


The shojin cuisine, vegetarian dishes traditionally eaten by monks, is also particular to each shukubo and differs in flavor.


Day 2

Koyasan Shukubo (morning religious service)

Koyasan Shukubo (morning religious service)

The morning religious service is held at shukubo. Sutra recitation and worship are conducted in front of the principal Buddhist image

Anyone is welcome to participate, and overnight guests are highly encouraged to experience it.

Experience tradition and culture in Koyasan!

Transcribing sutra

Transcribing sutra

In this short ascetic practice lasting a little more than an hour, participants carefully copy the Heart Sutra, which is only 262 characters long.

TEL: 0736-56-2015
Head Office, Daishi Association



This meditation method has been passed down in the Shingon Sect. Meditators sit before the letter “阿” (pronounced as “a”, as in “apple”), which stands for the Supreme Buddha in Sanskrit, control their breathing while reexamining their inners selves, and empty their mind.

TEL: 0736-56-2011
Grand Head Temple, Kongobu-ji Head Temple

Make a Buddhist rosary

Make a Buddhist rosary

Every part of the process of making a rosary has meaning, including the 27 beads and the thread that links the beads. Polish the mind by polishing the center bead made of Koya cedar.

TEL: 0736-56-2680
Koboku Ajikan

Fixed-route bus

Koyasan Sta.

Approx. 40 min. via cable car/Nankai Koya Line

Kudoyama Sta.

Walk approx. 10 min.


Sanada Burial Mound

  Sanada Burial Mound

Legend says that when Yukimura hastened to Osaka-jo Castle, he took this underground passage.

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Walk a very short distance from Sanada Burial Mound

Zenmyosho-in Temple (Sanada-an Hermitage)Length of Visit: Approx. 30 min.

Zenmyosho-in Temple (Sanada Hermitage)

This temple of the Koyasan Shingon Sect is said to have been built on the site of the hermitage where father and son, Sanada Masayuki and Yukimura, were confined. The Sanada Family crest of six coins appears throughout the temple grounds, such as on the roof tiles, gate, and votive tablets.

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Walk a short distance from Sanada-an Hermitage

Kudoyama Sanada Museum(滞在時間:約30分)

Kudoyama Sanada Museum

The museum opened March 13, 2016 (Sun.). The museum exterior is constructed to resemble a samurai residence, while the interior will feature the family crest of six coins here and there that is familiar from the Sanada banner. Visitors are invited to enter the world of Sengoku.

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Walk approx. 5 min.

Roadside station “Kaki no Sato Kudoyama”(Length of Visit: Approx. 30 min.)

Roadside station “Kaki no Sato Kudoyama”

In addition to a center providing information on sightseeing spots associated with Yukimura in Kudoyama-cho and world heritage sites such as Koyasan and Koyasan Choishimichi Pilgrimage Route, there is also a souvenir shop, a farmer’s market selling local produce, and a bakery café.

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Town of Kudoyama (lunch)


Kudoyama Sta.

Approx. 50 min. via Nankai Koya Line/JR Wakayama Line

Kokawa Sta.

Walk approx. 15 min.


Kokawa-dera Temple, no. 3 of Saigoku Pilgrimage Sites
(Length of Visit: Approx. 30 min.)

Kokawa-dera Temple, no. 3 of Saigoku Pilgrimage Sites

In 1585, numerous temple treasures were lost in the war with Hideyoshi. In the later period of Tokugawa, it was restored with assistance from the feudal lord, Yorinobu. Kokawa-dera Temple Garden is a national-designated site of scenic beauty. The temple is known nationwide as an important place for the Buddhist belief in the Goddess of Mercy.

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Walk approx. 15 min.

Kokawa Sta.

Approx. 15 min. via JR Wakayama Line

Iwade Sta.

Take a fixed-route bus for approx. 10 min.; get off at “Iwade Toshokan” or “Negoroji”


Negoro-ji Temple(滞在時間:約30分)

Negoro-ji Temple

This temple was opened approximately 900 years ago and founded by Kakuban Shonin, who was also a scholar priest from Koyasan. It has expansive temple grounds that include buildings such as Daidenpo-do Hall (main hall), and a wooden pagoda, which is a national treasure and the only such pagoda that can be viewed from inside. The scenery in all four seasons can be enjoyed.

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Approx. 10 min. via a fixed-route bus

Iwade Sta.


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