Mount Koya, or Koya-san (高 野山) is a sacred mountain in the Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka, and is the religious capital of a branch of Buddhism: Shingon School, imported from China in 806 by Kukai , which received permission from the emperor to build a monastery there.
Set in ancient cedar forests on a plateau at 800 m altitude, the site is surrounded by eight peaks, making it look like a Lotus flower and its petals, a key element in Buddhist symbolism.
Most revered Shingon Buddhist site of Japan, it welcomes each year more than 1 million pilgrims.
After becoming a city, Koya possesses a religious studies university and many temples offer hospitality to many pilgrims and tourists.
In 2004, UNESCO designated Mount Koya, along with two other locations on the Kii Peninsula, Yoshino and Omine; and Kumano Sanzan, as World Heritage Sites “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”.
We can book or give you the necessary information to spend a night in a shukubo (temple stays)