Niutsuhime-jinja Shrine
  "Kobo Daishi (known as Kukai before his death)" was granted land from this shrine to set up Koyasan. It is considered good manners to worship at this shrine before traveling to Koyasan. The Honden (main shrine building) and Romon (two-storied gate) are National Important Cultural Properties.
Address
230 Kamiamano, Katsuragi Town
Hours
You can visit the shrine anytime.
*The shrine office is open from 8:30 to 16:30. Goshuin and charms are available here.
Access
1 min. walk from Niutsuhime-jinja-mae (N12) by the Round Trip Bus.
1 min. walk from Niutsuhime-jinja-mae by the Katsuragi Community Bus from JR Kaseda station.
URL
https://niutsuhime.or.jp/en/
Jison-in Temple
Since women were not allowed to enter Koyasan until 1872, the mother of "Kobo Daishi" lived at this temple. Since then, this temple was renamed Nyonin Koya, and women constantly stream to the temple for worship. Mirokudo is a National Important Cultural Property.
Address
832 Jisonin, Kudoyama Town
Hours
You can visit the temple anytime. *The temple office is open from 8:00 to 17:00. Goshuin and charms are available here.
Access
3 min. walk from Jison-in・Niukanshofu-jinja-iriguchi (N6) by the Round Trip Bus.
10 min. by taxi or 25 min. walk from Kudoyama station on the Nankai Koya Line.
URL
https://en.visitwakayama.jp/venues/venue_14/
Niukanshofu-jinja Shrine
This shrine was established by "Kobo Daishi" so that the guardian god would grant him Koyasan. It was constructed in 816 along with Jison-in. The Honden (main shrine building) is a National Important Cultural Property.
Address
835 Jisonin, Kudoyama Town
Hours
You can visit the shrine anytime.*The shrine office is open from 9:00 to 17:00. Goshuin and charms are available here.
Access
5 min. walk from Jison-in・Niukanshofu-jinja-iriguchi (N6) by the Round Trip Bus.
10 min. by taxi or 30 min. walk from Kudoyama station on the Nankai Koya Line.
URL
https://en.visitwakayama.jp/venues/venue_15/
Niusakadono-jinja Shrine
This shrine has its origins in the story of a local god brewing sake in this area for the first time. There are large ginkgo trees on the premises, which beautifully change color every year from mid-November to early December.
Address
631 Mitani, Katsuragi Town
Hours
You can visit the shrine anytime.
Access
1 min. walk from Niusakadono-jinja-mae (N9) by the Round Trip Bus.
15 min. by taxi from Kudoyama station on the Nankai Koya Line.
Koyasan Choishimichi Pilgrimage Route
This is the main route of The Koyasan Pilgrimage Trail. Two-meter stone pillars called ‘Choishi’ are placed as milestones every 109 meters. Starting at Konpon Daito, there are 180 pillars to Jison-in, and 36 to the Kobo Daishi Mausoleum.
Route
Climbing route: Niutsuhime-jinja Shrine → Konpon-daito (15 km, 5 hours)
Access
1 min. walk from Niutsuhime-jinja-mae (N12) by the Round Trip Bus.
1 min. walk from Niutsuhime-jinja-mae by the Katsuragi Community Bus from JR Kaseda station.
Note
Entire trip(Jison-in→Konpon-daito→Oku-no-in):24km, 8.5 hours
URL
https://en.visitwakayama.jp/venues/venue_7/
Kyo Osaka-michi Pilgrimage Route
(Fudo-zaka Slope)
This was the main route of The Koyasan Pilgrimage Trail in the 19th century. Iroha-zaka is a steep slope along the way and the toughest section on the route.
Route
Climbing route: Gokuraku-bashi Station →Fudozakaguchi-nyonindo (2.5 km, 1.5 hours)
Access
1 min. walk from Gokuraku-bashi station on the Nankai Koya Line.
Note
Entire trip ( Kamuro station → Fudozakaguchi-nyonindo ):9.5km, 5 hours
Kuroko-michi Pilgrimage Route
This route is steep, but many old paths remain. Beautiful scenery, such as natural woodlands and mountain streams, can be seen.
Route
Koyasan police station ↔ Kotsugi-jizo (Round trip: 8 km, 3.5 hours)
Access
1 min. walk from Koya-keisatsu-mae by the route bus.
Note
Entire trip ( Hashimoto station → Koya-keisatsu-mae ):18.1km, 7.5 hours
Mitani-zaka Slope
This route leads from Niusakadono-jinja Shrine to Niutsuhime-jinja Shrine. Amazing scenery can be viewed from between the orchards along the way.
Route
Climbing route: Niusakadono-jinja → Niutsuhime-jinja (5.5 km, 2 hours)
Access
1 min. walk from Niusakadono-jinja-mae (N9) by the Round Trip Bus.
15 min. by taxi from Kudoyama station on the Nankai Koya Line.
Nyonin-michi Pilgrimage Route
Since women were not allowed to enter Koyasan until 1872, women used to pray to the Kobo Daishi Mausoleum from along this route.
Route
Fudozakaguchi-nyonindo → Oku-no-in bus stop (7 km, 3.5 hours)
Access
1 min. walk from Nyonindo by the route bus.