World Heritage site since 2004, Koyasan gathers for me nature, spirituality, meditation, quiet, food, experience and Japan traditions in one place. I love spending 2 days, 1 night there. Typically, I would take a train mid morning from Osaka to arrive at Koyasan round 15h00, check in at the shukubo, enjoy the onsen, relax in the tatami bedroom with a tea watching the nature around. dinner round 18h00, shakio teaching from 20h00 to 21h00 and a good night sleep in a futon
Dinner is monk food, I love it, it is tasty, but it is a lot in quantity, dont expect a light dinner on the base that it will be vegan! the breakfast is also very tasty and enormous.
I have learned shakio during my multiple stays and take back the pencils and papers back home to practice at least once a week, very good to empty your mind, release stress and improve your posture among other things.
the next day, wake up calls at 6am to go to the morning pray (make sure you are warmly covered), breakfast at 7.30, and spend the morning hiking and walking around the temples, I love making a stop and having a coffee at Eko In or at PowerstoneCafe before I head back to Tokyo which is a good 5 hours away
From Osaka, you take a local train, change to a cable car, commute to a bus that drops you in front of the Shukubo