Japan Food Tour – Koyasan

An early start to get to Koyasan today. After packing our main suitcase last night and handing it in for couriering to Osaka, we traveled super-light to Koyasan. First walking to the subway, then catching the subway (so full!), a train, then another JR train, then a different (Nankai) train and then a cable car, bus and more walking. We were over it by the time we got there!

We dropped our luggage off at our accommodations: Rengejoin temple. Very nice temple with a zen garden out the front and a lovely Japanese garden out the back:

Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan

We got a bus to Kongobuji Temple. This is famous for something or other but we didn’t go in, though it was recommended to do so in our free time later in the afternoon.

Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Kongobuji Temple, Koyasan
Kongobuji Temple, Koyasan
Kongobuji Temple, Koyasan
Kongobuji Temple, Koyasan
Kongobuji Temple, Koyasan
Kongobuji Temple, Koyasan
Kongobuji Temple, Koyasan
Kongobuji Temple, Koyasan

We got another bus and stopped for lunch:

Lunch in Koyasan
Lunch in Koyasan
Lunch in Koyasan
Lunch in Koyasan

And then we walked past the graves – including some company graves – on the way to Okunoin Temple. This is the spot where the monk who founded buddhism in Japan created the first temple. The whole area has centuries old Cedars growing tall. Pretty amazing.

Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan

Of course, there are the ubiquitous little guardian deities dressed in red (mostly), in amongst the graves:

Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan

There were some nice temple buildings and a few monks wandering around close to Okunoin Temple:

Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan

Once you got to the bridge, you weren’t allowed to photograph anything (so sad!) or talk loud or wear a hat… Very sacred area.

But once we came back from there, I was able to take some more photos from our walk through more graves on the way back to the town area:

Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Around Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan
Graves on the way to Okunoin Temple, Koyasan

Once we hit town, we wandered around a little bit and then caught a bus and got off to look at temples and other things that looked interesting:

Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan

When we got sick of walking, since it was another warm day, we got back on the bus and went to Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple complex. It was really quite nice and had lots of pretty buildings on the site:

Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan

We were weary by this time, so decided to just head to our accommodation. Which meant walking past lots of other temples…And a lovely forest I would’ve liked to explore:

Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Konpon Daito & Kondo Temple Complex, Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan
Various views in Koyasan

Before getting back to our temple and checking in. Our room was quite nice:

Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan

And the garden was beautiful!

Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan

As was the shrine:

Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan

We popped back outside to check out the neighbours:

Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Rengejoin Temple (our accommodation), Koyasan
Near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan

We come back for a vegetarian dinner like what the monks supposedly eat:

Dinner at Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Dinner at Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Dinner at Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Dinner at Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan

After dinner we were treated to the fire ceremony. Very interesting (and hot!):

Fire Ceremony at Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Fire Ceremony at Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Fire Ceremony at Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Fire Ceremony at Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan

We then had a tour group planning session in the neighbouring and our room, and some drinks and then went to have a Japanese style bath before going to bed. Since our walls were literally paper-thin, we had to be very quiet!

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