Travel from Kyoto to Koyasan, Kumano and Shirahama

Travel from Kyoto to Koyasan, Kumano and Shirahama
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4 days and 3 nights
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Starting in the ancient capital of Kyoto, the tour will visit the World Heritage sites of Koyasan and Kumano, and then go to Shirahama.

Stay overnight at Koyasan, a religious city in the sky. Some temple lodgings offer Goma prayer rituals, meditation, sutra copying, and other experiences, so be sure to check in advance.

After receiving blessings at the power spots of the Kumano faith, stay overnight at one of Japan's oldest hot springs. You will be healed by the traditional atmosphere of the hot spring town.

On the last day, enjoy a resort atmosphere at Shirarahama Beach, where the contrast of white sand and blue sea is beautiful! Enjoy fresh seafood as well.


To-ji Temple

A temple with a history of over 1,200 years

The first Shingon esoteric Buddhism temple in Japan, built by Kobo Daishi Kukai.

It is one of the temples and shrines registered as a World Heritage site in the ancient capital of Kyoto, and its symbolic five-story pagoda, at about 55 meters, is the tallest wooden structure in Japan.

The temple is also known for its cherry blossoms and autumnal foliage, and in spring and fall, the temple grounds are decorated with gorgeous colors, which can be enjoyed in splendid harmony with the five-story pagoda.

【Accommodation】 Around Kyoto Station

To Kyoto Sta.-Hachijoguchi

【Limited service from April to November】 From Kyoto Station, take the highway bus to Koyasan

Direct bus without any transfers

Express buses run directly between Kyoto and Koyasan from April to November.

You can travel from Kyoto to Koyasan without changing buses. Enjoy a convenient and comfortable trip.

【Limited service from April to November】
From Kyoto Station to Daimon-minami parking lot, Okuno-in-mae and Koya police station (north of Kongobu-ji Head Temple) by highway bus: about 2 hours and 40 minutes.


Sacred area where the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi is located

The mausoleum (tomb) of Kobo Daishi is located in the inner sanctuary. Together with the Danjo Garan, it is said to be one of the two most sacred sites in Koyasan, and is still worshipped by the people of Koyasan.

The approach to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi from Ichinohashi Bridge, the official entrance to the temple, is about 2 km long, and is lined with tombstones, monuments, and memorials of various feudal lords, writers, actors and poets in a cedar grove, creating a mystical atmosphere.

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Kongobu-ji Head Temple

Elegant and solemn head temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect

Kongobu-ji Head Temple, founded by Kobo Daishi, plays a central role among the 117 temples in Koyasan.

The main gate and grand entrance, which were once closed to the public, as well as one of the largest stone gardens in Japan, Banryu-tei, and sliding door paintings of the Kano school, are just a few of the temple's many attractions.

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Danjo Garan Sacred Temple Complex

One of the two sacred sites of Koyasan

This is where Kobo Daishi first started his construction works when he opened up Koyasan. It is the center of faith, along with Okuno-in, and is lined with 19 halls, including Kondo, the main hall of Koyasan, and the 48.5 meters Konpon Daito, the symbol of Koyasan. Kondo and Konpon Daito can be viewed inside.

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Experience temple culture for a special time

Koyasan has 51 shukubo, where ordinary visitors can stay overnight.

Meals are vegetarian meals prepared without using any meat or fish. Early in the morning, sutra recitation and prayer services (morning service) are held, and you are encouraged to participate. There are also lodgings where you can experience the Goma prayer ritual, meditation, and sutra copying.

*To make reservations for lodging, please ask the Koyasan Shukubo Association for referrals or contact the temple directly.

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【Limited service from April to November】
From Senjuin-bashi (or Koyasan Station) to Hongu Taisha-mae by bus (transfer on the way), about 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine

The center of Kumano Sanzan with its old-fashioned atmosphere

The long and arduous journey from Kyoto to Kumano, where royalty and aristocrats have been making pilgrimages since the Heian period, continued here to Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine.

Climbing the 158 stone steps surrounded by cedar groves and passing through the shrine gate, one arrives at the main shrine building. Four shrine pavilions with hiwadabuki thatched roofs and made of white wood stand solemnly.

After visiting the shrine, go to "Oyunohara," where the old shrine building was located before it was relocated. Oyunohara, which is said to be where the gods descended, is also attracting attention as a power spot. The huge torii gate, 34 meters high and 42 meters wide, is a landmark.

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About 10 minutes by bus from Hongu Taisha-mae to Yunomine Onsen

【Accommodation】Yunomine Onsen

One of the oldest hot spring in Japan

Yunomine Onsen is said to have been used by travelers on pilgrimages to Kumano to purify themselves and heal from fatigue. Ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) and minshuku (private residences) that retain the atmosphere of a therapeutic bathhouse stand side by side.

"Tsuboyu," a natural hot spring rock bath in the center of the area, is registered as a World Heritage site as part of the pilgrimage route.

At the source along the river, boiling water of 90 degrees Celsius gushes out, and eggs and vegetables can be boiled and eaten! Known as a yuzutsu, it is a place of relaxation for locals and tourists alike.

About 1 hour and 45 minutes from Yunomine Onsen to Kii-Tanabe Station, about 10 minutes from the station to JR Shirahama Station, and about 5 minutes by bus.

Toretore Market

One of the largest Fish Market in western Japan

The market is run by a local fishing cooperative, so the taste and freshness of the food are guaranteed. You can enjoy not only seafood bowls and sushi, but also barbecue using seafood, meat, vegetables, and other ingredients sold in the market.

Tuna cutting shows of tuna caught directly from Nanki-Katsuura Fishing Port and other ports are also popular. You can also find Wakayama's specialty products such as pickled plums, local sake, and panda-themed merchandise, making it a perfect place to look for souvenirs.

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About 10 minutes by bus

Walking around Shirarahama Beach

Enjoy a walk while listening to the sound of waves!

Shirarahama is a beautiful white sandy beach representing the Kansai area. The emerald green sea and rows of palm trees make you feel as if you are at a tropical beach resort. It is also a wonderful place to relax and enjoy delicious food and sweets at a cafe overlooking the ocean.

There is also a footbath, so we recommend stopping by to take a break during your stroll.

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About 2.5hours by train or 3.5 hours by bus to Osaka Station

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  • To-ji Temple
  • 【Accommodation】 Around Kyoto Station
  • Okuno-in
  • Kongobu-ji Head Temple
  • Danjo Garan Sacred Temple Complex
  • 【Accommodation】Shukubo
  • Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine
  • 【Accommodation】Yunomine Onsen
  • Toretore Market
  • Walking around Shirarahama Beach
  • Osaka Station

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