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“Okunoin cemetery” day tour

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*We will introduce places we could not go during the night cemetery tour and also tell you about the further interesting stories of this cemetery.

*Advance reservation is required.

Tour Overview

After checking out the lodging, why don’t you visit “Kobo Daishi aka Kukai” together with the monk of Koyasan to Okunoin in a fresh morning?

Monks who have license to guide in English take you an enjoyable tour.


◆ Shojingu Ritual◆

Monks prepare a meal for Kobo Daishi as part of a ritual that involves blessing food placed in a covered wooden box. 

It’s said that Kobo Daishi aka Kukai is still alive and continues meditation in Okunoin, and meals are delivered twice a day.

It is said this ritual  has continued without a break for 1,200 years

In the tour, we will see this rare ritual.

NOTE: We must start the tour at 9:45 to see this special ritual.




We will also visit the following places:

◆ Gobyo is the place where Kobo Daishi aka Kukai still remains alive to this day. 

◆Touching a tree of 850 years old

◆The biggest tombstone in Okunoin

◆Samurai graves such as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi

◆ The monument of Matsuo Basho

◆ Torodo: Spectacular lantern hall with more than 20,000 lanterns

◆ Senryo (Memorial tombs dedicated to teeth and nails of the imperial family)

◆ Torodo’s basement: We can approach Kukai very close. There are 50,000 tiny statues that have been donated to Okunoin.


Things we also talk about

・Kobo Daishi (aka Kukai) : The founder of Koyasan

・Teachings of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism

・Legends (funny and scary stories in the cemetery)

・Daily life of monks

・History of Koyasan




When you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


Rainy weather may cause tours to be cancelled.

Departure Date

Every day (Reservation is required.)

*Rainy weather cause the tours to be cancelled.

Tour fee

【Advance reservation required】

◆Adult 7,800yen (over 12 years old)  

◆Child 500yen (4-11 years old)  

◆Infant (under 3 years old)  



※ If the number of participants reaches the capacity, those who do not have a reservation may not be able to participate in the tour.

Tour meeting place

Public toilet in Nakanohashi parking lot next to “Okunoin mae” bus stop


1.5 hours

Finishing point

Minimum number of people for departure

2 people



Schedule[GROUP TOUR] Okunoin cemetery day tour

Please tell us your desired departure time!

(One example)

Starting point: Nakanohashi parking lot
Meeting time : 09:45

Finishing point: Okunoin Gokusho
Finishing time: 11:15