Mount Koya For a Spiritual Experience in Wakayama, Japan
Mount Koya is a beautiful region in Wakayama prefecture, that is accessible easily from Kyoto or Osaka. For those who are spiritually inclined, this is a wonderful place to visit. You can even stay overnight to experience the life of a monk. You can find below reservation information as well.
You can stay at one of the Buddhist temples and experience the life of a monk for a short while.
Mount Koya is home to Shingon Buddhism, a sect founded in the 9th century. Shingon believes that wisdom can be developped through special rituals.
If you are looking for a very different experience, you can stay a night at a temple (shukubo) in order to experience the life of a monk. You can taste vegetarian monk cuisine (shojin ryori), attend morning prayers and meditate.
You have to reserve 7 days in advance, and you cannot reserve for a group of 10 or more through the site.
You can either make a reservation by email or fax.
Once at Gokurakubashi, you can take the cable car which will take you up Mount Koya (about 5 minutes, 390 YEN). After that, you can take a bus to the town center. Please note that it is not allowed to walk on the road which leads to the town center.
From Kyoto: From Kyoto, you simply have to take the JR special rapid train from Kyoto to Osaka station (about 30 minutes). You then change to the KR Osaka Loop Line to Shin-Imamiya station (15 minutes). From there, you simply have to follow the directions mentioned above (from Osaka).
- Lili Wanderlust
- I love traveling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.