All bound for Koyasan
Trip Start Sep 17, 2013
28Trip End Oct 15, 2013
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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
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.