Your day-by-day itinerary
Arrive at Koyasan
You will arrive into Shin Imamiya Station using your JR Pass and from here, you’ll catch the cable car to Koyasan. After settling into your private sleeping quarters – a Buddhist temple dating back hundreds of years – you can spend the rest of the day exploring the many temples in the region at your own pace using your Heritage Pass (included).
After returning to your traditional accommodation for a delicious vegetarian dinner of local sourced produce, it’s time to head out in a small group on a night walk through the atmospheric Okunoin cemetery. You will be guided by a Buddhist monk and learn all about the Shingon sect as you walk amongst soaring trees and countless stone slabs covered in overgrown moss. At the heart of the cemetery is Oku-no-in, the memorial hall for the founder of the sect, Kobo Daishi.
Morning Ceremony & Departure
Make sure you get an early night though, as it’s an early rise the next morning to witness the captivating fire and prayer ceremony. Performed by monks, this is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you embrace the serene atmosphere and are invited to perform o-shoko, an ancient ritual designed to purify the soul. Finally, after breakfast in your room, it’s time to take the cable car back to the train station and continue on to your next destination.
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