From Osaka: Mt. Koya Train Tickets & Lunch at the Temple
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Enjoy a trip to Mt. Koya with this roundtrip combination ticket. With this package, you’ll receive everything you need to have a wonderful time exploring Mt. Koya. Easily travel to and from Mt. Koya with a roundtrip train ticket. Once you get there, explore the area with a 2-day unlimited bus ticket for the Nankai Rinkan Bus. Enjoy discounts to the major attractions within the area including the museum on Mt. Koya, as well as selected temples. Take advantage of discounts to selected souvenir shops on Mt. Koya. Taste a Shojin-Ryori (vegetarian) meal at either the Henjokoin, Tentokuin, Henjosonin, or Jokiin temple lodgings. These temples were founded 1200 years ago and continue to be the center of a thriving monastic community as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Try a traditional meal which has been eaten by monks for centuries. The temples do not accept walk-in guests for meals, s...
Start the tour from the JR Saga-Arashiyama station North Exit. Skip the regular and crowded route which leads directly to the bamboo forest, and make your way to the lesser-known Saga-Toriimoto area. Visit the local gift shops and beautiful local temples and shrines. Learn about the local stories and legends of the area from your guide. Enjoy the beauty of the bamboo forest and learn about its significance for the locals. Next, visit Tenryu-Ji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous its beautiful Sogenchi pond and garden which was once owned by local aristocrats. Walk towards Arashiyama's iconic Togetsukyo bridge. Then, enjoy a traditional lunch with typical Kyoto cuisine. Enjoy the views over the Togetsukyo bridge from the restaurant while you are eating.
Start the tour with pick up from central Osaka and travel to historic Kyoto. Over the course of the day, you'll be presented with a balanced view of this historic city and its surroundings. The Arashiyama district is the first stop, and it is here where you'll be introduced to Japanese garden and temple design. Tenryu-ji Temple has one of the most outstanding, timeless examples of Japanese gardens surrounding it's simple-but-majestic temple buildings. Then it's time for a walk up through the famous bamboo grove - a photo opportunity not to be missed - before arriving at the entrance to luxurious Okochi Sanso. Here you will try some matcha (Japanese green tea), before exploring the winding paths that connect the buildings, views, and garden areas. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a stroll alongside the river, then have free time for lunch and even a bit of shopping, if you wish. Next, enjoy th...
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Koyasan is definitely worth a visit. It is a deeply spiritual place. Out of the ordinary. That said, to be able to enjoy lunch, it is advisable to collect the tickets the day before or at the latest at 9 am, otherwise it is very fair. You have to be at the temple for lunch at 12 p.m. and the trip from Namba Station to the Temple lasts about 2 hours if you take the train at 10 a.m. for which you have to pay for reserved seats in addition and cca 2:30 if you take the trains without reservation (it must change in Hashimoto). Also pay attention to the meeting point. Our tickets weren't ready at the Information Center. We had to wait for an agent from the Japanese agency to bring them to us. Overall it was a great experience.