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 in Koya-san

Ekouin’s guest room was also very quiet and cozy to stay in.

View from Ekouin's room

View from Ekouin’s guest room

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Inside of Ekouin

Dinner at Ekouin

Dinner at Ekouin

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Otakiage’s space

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.