KOYA SAN- JAPAN`S LARGEST (& MOST INCREDIBLE) CEMETERY, DAY HIKE
NOTE: Perfect in the summer as this place is very cool....it will not be hot
We will NOT visit a touristic, famous area. Somewhere off the beaten path. Somewhere where Japanese nor tourists have been!!
The cemetery of Koya san. Not only the largest but one of the oldest, most beautiful and one with the most history of past famous military commanders and important figure in Japan`s past.
This is NOT like a normal cemetery where all the headstones look the same and dont have much design...Here you will see a LARGE VARIETY of gorgeous headstones here.....many very detailed and amazingly designed!!!!! Additionally many show information about the life and importance of that person to the Japanese culture.
PLEASE VIEW THIS ASTONISHING VIDEO...YOU WONT BELIEVE YOUR EYES.
THIS IS ANOTHER VIDEO:
JUST LOOK AT SOME OF THESE PHOTOS FROM OUR PREVIOUS VISIT: https://www.facebook.com/pg/oppleosaka/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1954917921427138
Located on Mount Koya (高野山 Koya-san) in Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県), that cemetery does not just contain an estimated 200,000 graves, but a site which is sacred to the Shingon School of Buddhism, being where the mausoleum of the sect’s founder is located and where he is said to lie in eternal meditation.
Unfortunately you cant take a photo of this Mausoleum and so i cant show its incredible beauty and aura!!
The cemetery, together with the mausoleum at the end of a 2 kilometre walk through the cemetery is in fact a pilgrimage site for Shingon Buddhism, one of the mainstream schools of Buddhism in Japan.
It part of the larger Koyasan area which again makes up part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site!!!
NOTE: We will also stroll through the central area briefly and pass through a famous temple in Koya san too:)
WHERE GOING TO MEET:
1. Namba Nankai Line at the CENTRAL TICKET GATE on the 2nd Floor at 8:45am.
DONT BE LATE PLEASE:) As you need to buy your special discounted daily ticket which may take some time.
IF YOU MISS THIS TRAIN YOU CANT COME!!!!!
2. (We will get on the 9:20 train from Nankai Line Namba, It is the "Kyuko" train 急行, NOT the "Tokkyu" train 特急.
We will be in the second car 二号車 of the train. If you catch this train ANYWHERE on this line come to the second car on the train:)
TIME: 8:50am ~5pm. This is a day tour. This is designed to be an easy, relaxing walk seeing some astonishing nature and increible history...so you can be refreshed for the next day at work:)
WHO: Anybody can come, even kids
WHY: Viewing Japan`s fabulous nature and history - many of Japans famous military leaders of the past are buried here and well as important figure heads in Japans past!!
ATTENDANCE FEE: 1900 yen. We will show you this place of great beauty and history.. A UNESCO world heritage site!!!!!
NOTE: You MUST by your own transport ticket. A discounted Kyukou 急行チケット(covers all train/rope way entry/unlimited bus) PASS. This costs 2860yen including taxes. I will show you how to buy it on the day!!!! Hugely discounted:)
We guarantee you will love this place!!! We always get a great group of friendly people both Japanese and foreigners too!!
If you dont go with us when will you ever go?? hahaha. This place is NOT the famous area of Koya san so its NOT that busy and off the main course!!!!!!
THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING:
-Walking shoes (no heels)
-A large bottle of water
-Snacks and lunch (onigiri or sandwich) as there are only a few shops there.
HIKING GRADE: 1/5 . Its on even ground all the way. Anybody with reasonable fitness can do this walk:)
NOTE: If you want to stay here when the tour finishes you can do that:)
CONTACT: If you have ANY questions, pllllease ask me...im a friendly guy:)