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01. Osaka-jo Castle
(approx. 60 min.)

JR or subway

Namba Sta.

Approx. 1 hr. via Nankai Koya Line

Kudoyama Sta.

Walk approx. 10 min.

02

Zenmyosho-in Temple (Sanada 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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03

Walk a short distance

Kudoyama Sanada MuseumLength of Visit: Approx. 30 min.

 
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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04

Walk approx. 5 min.

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

 
道の駅「柿の郷くどやま」

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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Walk approx. 15 min.

Kudoyama Sta.

Approx. 1 hr. via Nankai Koya Line/cable car

Koyasan Sta.

Fixed-route bus

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

高野山宿坊 宿泊

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.

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Day 2

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.

05

Walk a short distance

Rengejo-in TempleLength of Visit: Approx. 15 min.)

 
Rengejo-in Temple

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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06

Walk a short distance

Tokugawa Family MausoleumLength 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. 5 min. and get off at “Kondo-mae”

07

Danjo Garan ComplexLength of Visit: Approx. 60 min

  壇上伽藍

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.

08

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.

 

09

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

Okuno-inLength of Visit: Approx. 90 min.

 
奥之院

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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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

Ajikan

Ajikan

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 (lunch)

Fixed-route bus

Koyasan Sta.

Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. via cable car/Nankai Koya Line/JR Wakayama Line

Kokawa Sta.

Walk approx. 15 min.

10

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

 
Kokawadera Temple

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”

11

Negoro-ji Temple(Length of Visit: Approx. 30 min.)

 
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.

Approx. 18 min. via JR Wakayama Line

Wakayama Sta.

 

Wakayama City (stay overnight)

Take a fixed-route bus; get off at “Kimiidera” or “Kimiidera-eki”
Walk a very short distance

Day 3

12

Kimii-dera Temple, no. 2 of Saigoku Pilgrimage Sites
Length of Visit: Approx. 40 min.

 

This temple was opened more than 1240 years ago and began when Iko Shonin, a Chinese priest, enshrined a statue of the Goddess of Mercy that he carved himself.
It is known nationwide as no. 2 of the Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage Sites. Its official name is Kimiisan Kongoho-ji Gokoku-in, and is called Kimii-dera Temple because there are three miraculous springs on the mountain.

Location: 1201 Kimiidera, Wakayama-shi
TEL: 073-444-1002

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From Kimii-dera Temple, take a fixed-route bus for approx. 15 min.; get off at “Gongen-mae”

Kishu Toshogu ShrineLength of Visit: Approx. 40 min.

 
Kishu Toshogu Shrine

This shrine was built in 1621 by the first feudal lord of Kishu, Yorinobu. The gongen-zukuri style of buildings feature skillful carvings throughout, including carvings by Jingoro Hidari and murals by Tanyu Kano. It is also called the Nikko of Kansai.

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Fixed-route bus

Wakayama City (lunch)

Fixed-route bus

14

Wakayama-jo Castle(Length of Visit: Approx. 90 min.)

 

Wakayama-jo Castle

Kishu Tokugawa Family installed Yorinobu (10th son of Ieyasu) in the castle (worth 555,000 koku of rice) as feudal lord. The family would later be called one of the three houses of Tokugawa, along with two other families in Owari and Mito. Approximately 100 years after unification of the nation, the 5th lord of the Kishu Domain, Yoshimune took action to maintain peace.

Wakayama-jo Castle is one of the top 100 castles in Japan and is known for its beautiful white castle tower. The castle tower is a museum that introduces the castle and the history of Wakayama City together with items and documents associated with them.

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15

Walk approx. 10 min.

Hongan-ji Temple, Saginomori-betsuin Branch Temple
(滞在時間:約20分)

 
Hongan-ji Temple, Saginomori-betsuin Branch Temple

This is a branch temple of Hongan-ji Temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect opened in 1476. It is said that in the Sengoku period, this area was the base for Saika-shu and received devoted support and reverence. It serves as the setting for the major spring event, the Magoichi Festival.

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  • Take a fixed-route bus for approx. 15 min. to Wakayama Sta.
  • Walk approx. 10 min. to Wakayamashi Sta.
Wakayama Sta.
Wakayamashi Sta.

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