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A Journey to Koyasan in Japan with Links Travel and Tours

March 6, 2024

Embarking on a journey to Koyasan in Japan, nestled in the serene Wakayama Prefecture, unveils a tapestry of history and spirituality. Established twelve centuries ago by the revered Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi Kukai, Koyasan stands as a haven for Shingon Buddhist training, enveloped by eight peaks resembling a lotus flower’s petals. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this sacred destination has beckoned pilgrims for over a millennium.

Find out what your journey might look like when you visit Koyasan in Japan.

History of Koyasan

Delve into Koyasan’s rich history, founded by Kobo Daishi Kukai as a sanctuary for Shingon Buddhist training. The unique landscape, surrounded by eight peaks symbolising a lotus, exudes tranquillity and spiritual significance.

Food in Koyasan

Immerse yourself in Koyasan’s unique culinary culture, where the essence of WASHOKU, Japan’s traditional cuisine, comes to life. The heart of Koyasan’s gastronomy lies in Shojin Ryori, Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. Rooted in the philosophy of nonviolence, Shojin Ryori embraces the principles of five flavours, five cooking methods, and five colours. Delight in a harmonious blend of grilled, deep-fried, pickled, tofu, and soup dishes, symbolising a culinary journey aligned with spiritual practice. Explore Koya-Dofu and Goma-Dofu, freeze-dried and sesame tofu, adding historical depth to your dining experience.

Seasons in Koyasan

Witness the ever-changing beauty of Koyasan through the seasons – cherry blossoms and rhododendrons in spring, blooming hydrangeas in summer, vibrant autumn foliage, and serene snowfall in winter. Each season brings a unique charm to this spiritual sanctuary.

  • Spring: -1°C to 20°C Cherry blossoms (sakura), mid-April. Rhododendrons (shakunage), early May.
  • Summer: 18°C to 30°C Hydrangea (ajisai), mid-July.
  • Autumn: 3°C to 25°C Crape myrtle (sarusuberi), late August to early September. Late October to early November, maple and ginkgo trees turn brilliant colours.
  • Winter: -9°C to 15°C Snow, December to March. The roofs of temple buildings are covered with snow, and the deep silence is profound.

Spiritual Experiences and Souvenirs in Koyasan

Participate in Otsutome, morning Buddhist ceremonies, and engage in Ajikan Meditation, a profound Shingon practice. Immerse yourself in practices that have echoed through centuries, connecting you with the spiritual essence of Koyasan.

Bring home the tranquillity of Koyasan with Buddhist altar equipment, amulets, and traditional medicines. These souvenirs encapsulate the spiritual richness of your journey.

Monastery Koyasan Onsen Fukuchiin

Our Travel Trade Manager, Brian, recently visited Koyasan and experienced the serene hospitality of Monastery Koyasan Onsen Fukuchiin. His stay was pleasant, and he highly recommends this tranquil retreat, offering an immersive blend of traditional accommodation and warm hospitality.

If the allure of Koyasan beckons you, entrust Links Travel and Tours to curate a bespoke journey that blends cultural immersion with spiritual exploration or check out our complete list of tours to Japan. Contact us at, and let the sacred tranquillity of Koyasan become an indelible chapter in your travel narrative. Your personalised sojourn awaits – with Links Travel and Tours, your gateway to cultural odysseys.

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