World Heritage Koya-san Ekouin stay in Wakayama
Honestly, it is not so near or easy to go to, but you will never regret spending your time at Koya-san.
It takes about one and a half hours from Nankai Namba Station in Osaka to Kouya-san Station by public transportation.
You can see around Koya-san in about 5 hours, but if you want to do meditation and join the night tour, 2 or 3 days would be suitable. We stayed at Ekouin for the second night.
Ekouin provides a night tour to go to Okunoin with Ekouin’s monks. The tour is available in both Japanese and English. At the end of the tour, the monks chant a Buddhist sutra which is quite a sublime experience.
In the morning, you can join Ekouin’s Otakiage, a ceremony of burning talismas, at Kongoin. It was the first time to join for me, and I was so astonished by the monks chanting mantras and every single moment of the burning of talismas.
Ekouin’s guest room was also very quiet and cozy to stay in.
I had a very simple and calm experience at Koya-san, but I could not resist the Yakiniku, grilled meat, in Osaka on the last day.