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I have been asked countless times about how to get to Mt. Koya or how to arrange a stay in a temple at Mt. Koya. Since the trips I've been on were arranged by others, I had no answers. I still don't have many, but here's what I've been able to come up with.

Getting to Mt. Koya:

From Namba station in Osaka, take the express on the Nankai Dentetsu Railway Nankai Koya Line from Osaka Namba station to Gokuraku-bashi station. It costs under a thousand yen and takes about an hour and a half. From Gokurakubashi station you can transfer to the Nankai Koya-san cable car to Koya-san. If you feel like it, you can walk, instead of taking the cable car. I understand it's a beautiful walk.
It's best to make reservations before you visit, and this is especially true if you're planning your visit during a festival or holiday period. The Tourist Information Centre is near the cable car station at the top, and they can help you find a place to stay. The telephone number is: 0736-56-2616.

Temple Accommodations (shukubo) at Mt. Koya:

Houzen-in Temple (Tel 0736-56-2658 / Fax 0736-56-4556) Price: from 9000 yen per person including breakfast and dinner. The website is in Japanese.

Johoku-in Temple (Tel 0736-56-2109 / Fax 0736-56-3475)Email: Price: from 7000 yen per person including dinner and breakfast. The website is also in Japanese.

Renge jou in Temple (Tel 0736-56-2233 / Fax 0736-56-4743)

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