Koyasan 高野山

  • Published on : 21/10/2020
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Pilgrimage and tourism to Mount Koya

Koyasan has been open to tourism since the middle of the 20th century. The temples practicing shukubo, accommodation until then reserved for pilgrims, quickly turned into hotels with rooms equipped with televisions and were a huge success. The commodification of the sacred has not spared Mount Koya and it is not uncommon to see monks in cassocks gone shopping behind the wheel of their luxury cars. Today, accommodations at Mount Koya quickly sell out in spring and autumn.

Yet the spirit of Koyasan is still very much present. Even overtaken by modernity, the community still lives out of time. The local specialty, gomadofu, is still made according to the oldest traditions at the Hamadaya boutique and in 2004, the city was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Even bad tongues cannot deny the unique and deeply spiritual experience of staying in Koyasan. After a day or a year, it is impossible to set foot on the ground unchanged.

Les moines de Koyasan

Les moines de Koyasan

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How to get around Koyasan?

  • By bus

There are local bus services between the cable car station and Ichi-no-hashi. Another option for getting around is bicycle rental in Koyasan and can be hired from the Koyasan tourism office.

  • By car

Car rental is a good option for exploring Koyasan and the nearby Kumano Kodo area. Cars can be hired at Nanki-Shirahama Airport and Kii-Tanabe Station. The trip from Kii-Tanabe station to Koyasan takes three hours.

Koyasan, Wakayama

Koyasan, Wakayama

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