Stunning world of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism

History Art & Architecture
6,000 JPY ~ / person
About 3 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

Danjo Garan is another important area in Koyasan. The word Garan is derived from the Sanskrit and means a quiet and secluded place where Buddhist monks may train. It has served as the focal point of the study, training and rituals for Shingon Buddhist monks from the ninth century to the present day. Kodo Daishi expressed a three-dimensional Mandala world through the buildings of Garan. Inside the design is also three-dimensional expression of the Mandala of Shingon Buddhism. Kongobuji Temple is the head temple of 3600 Shingon Esoteric Buddhism. You can also see the largest rock garden in Japan.

Meeting Place

The tour will begin and end at Koyasan Station.(Some tourist continue the tour after Okunoin will begin the tour after lunch.)


Price per person
6,000 JPY ~ / person
Max participants
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English
Things you need to know before the tour

Things you need:
Comfortable shoes
Transport expenses(approx. 880JPY)
Admission fee(approx. 700JPY)
Lunch(approx. 2000-3000JPY)
Kongobuji Temple and Konpon Daito Pagoda will be closed at 5:00pm.(Last admission 4:30pm)
If you go to Okunoin first, the tour should be started by 1:30pm.


  1. 1

    Traditional gate to Koyasan and the pilgrimage destination.Through Daimon we enjoy walking in the Koya town.(about 20min walk to Danjo Garan)

  2. 2
    Danjo Garan

    Koyasan's central temple complex. Inside the Konpon Daito Pagoda is a three dimensional mandala world. Upon entering the pagoda, visiters are astonished to see the beautifully arranged world of Buddhism.(Admission fee 200JPY per person.)

  3. 3
    Kongobuji Temple

    The head temple of 3600 Shingon Esoteric Buddhism. You can enjoy beautiful sliding screens, Banryutei Rock Garden(the largest rock garden in Japan)and kithen with old Kamado stoves. You can drink tea in the resting place.(Admission fee 500JPY per person.)

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