All bound for Koyasan

Trip Start Sep 17, 2013
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Trip End Oct 15, 2013


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Flag of Japan  , Wakayama Prefecture,
Sunday, October 13, 2013

For our last night in Japan I had chosen something special. Koyasan is a spiritually special place. A place found by a guy called Kobo Daishi who is one of the most prominent Buddhist scholars and started a school of Buddhist philosophy called True Word around 800AD. Some of the buildings here date back almost as far as that, the oldest being almost 1000 years old. Remember, this is a timber structure. Most of the the others have succumbed to fire over the centuries but there are several ancient ones.

Out train took us most of the way to Koyasan but the last bit is accomplished by way of a VERY steep cable car. From Koyasan station we needed to take a bus to get us to our guesthouse. This was the other part of the iconic Japanese experience for our last night. Kokuu guesthouse has capsule rooms and that's what I booked for us - 4 capsule rooms. In case you are wondering, these are rooms that are just big enough for your bed and not much else. They are quite common in Japan, although ours was a bit more special than the usual that is meant for businessmen who have worked too late to go home or overnight solo travelers.

We took a long walk through Koyasan enjoying some of the temples. One of the highlights is an extensive walk through a graveyard that has more than 200,000 souls. Apparently any Japanese Buddhist worth his (or her) salt aims to be buried here in Koyasan because when Buddha returns Kobo Daishi is the only one who will be able to interpret his message for us and Kobo Daishi's soul is here in Koyasan.

We had dinner in Kokuu guesthouse chatting with the host and some of the guests. Jess and I took a late night walk through the graveyard that is illuminated only by lanterns. Very pretty but Jess got a bit spooked out. So I'm sitting here in my capsule, about to spend my last night asleep in Japan. Tomorrow we can spend the day here before heading to the airport for our midnight flight towards home.
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Nissa on

Can't believe it's come to an end . . . safe travels and I look forward to the next GKB blog!!

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