Visiting Japan for the first time, you should try an overnight stay at a temple on Mount Koya. Although it may be a bit of a journey to get to Mount Koya, it is well worth the effort and you will come away with a very special feeling toward this holy mountain together with some wonderful memories! 52 of the 117 temples in the area accept guests for overnight shukubo stays.
Plan of the day:
- Breakfast and check out from our hotel in Kyoto
- Leave the main luggage at hotel front desk, take only essentials for hike & overnight stay on Mt. Koya. Purchase lunch-boxes for day-hike.
- Reach trailhead on a public transportation (metro + bullet train)
- Hiking distance of the day: 10km / 6mi, 4-5h uphill
- Arrive around 4PM, check in at the temple guest rooms
- Check it at the temple guest rooms
- Take a bath (hours are limited)
- Dinner at temple dining room (vegetarian only)
- Attend evening service and various esoteric practices/classes, such as:
**Ajikan “watching or meditating on the character A,” which symbolizes the Cosmic Sun Buddha, or to try hand copying Buddhist sutras
** Try Shakyo, hand copying the sutras as a form of meditation, has the ability to bring the practitioner peace of mind fire ritual
** Gomakito (or Homa) fire ritual, performed for the purpose of destroying negative energies, detrimental thoughts and desires, and for the making of secular requests and blessings
Overnight at the monastery guest rooms