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Wakayama: Mt. Koya Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

1. Wakayama: Mt. Koya Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Explore Mount Koya in your own way with a private licensed guide. Choose the 6 or 4-hour option depending on what fits with your schedule. Let the guide know what special requests you have for the day and they will tailor your itinerary accordingly. All guides hold the nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification. It is issued by the Japanese government and requires a good understanding of Japanese culture and history. Meet your guide at the station near Mount Koya. The first stop will be Daimon, Koya-san’s main gate. Admire the impressive gate painted in a bright crimson color, and the large statues of guardian gods. Continue to Konpon Daito pagoda to discover Buddhist pictures and murals. Next, head to the Kongobu-ji Temple. Admire the beautiful features and architecture of the complex, such as sliding screens, art adorning the spacious rooms, and the largest rock garden in Japan. Stop for a Shoujin Ryori lunch, and experience vegetarian Buddhist cuisine. Stop at Okuno-in, the most sacred place on Mt. Koya. To reach the shrine, walk over the Ichinohashi Bridge and follow the Sandō path. Explore the famous Toro-do Hall with its "unextinguishable" flame. The final stop will be the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism.

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One-Way Private Transfer Between Kyoto and Mount Koya

2. One-Way Private Transfer Between Kyoto and Mount Koya

Avoid the hassle of public transport with a private one-way transfer between Kyoto and Mount Koya. Travel between these popular destinations in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Your driver will meet you at your hotel in either Kyoto or Mount Koya. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as you travel to your destination, where you’ll get dropped off at your preferred location.

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Other Sightseeing Options in Mount Koya

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