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:
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.
We got another bus and stopped for lunch:
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.
Of course, there are the ubiquitous little guardian deities dressed in red (mostly), in amongst the graves:
There were some nice temple buildings and a few monks wandering around close to Okunoin Temple:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Before getting back to our temple and checking in. Our room was quite nice:
And the garden was beautiful!
As was the shrine:
We popped back outside to check out the neighbours:
We come back for a vegetarian dinner like what the monks supposedly eat:
After dinner we were treated to the fire ceremony. Very interesting (and hot!):
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!