One of the pilgrim destinations in Japan is Mount Koya/Koyasan.this area has long history it began on 7th century when Kobo Daishi/kukai a Japanese Buddhist Monk who has finished his study in China returned to Japan.according to the legend before he chose this area he threw a sankosho (a double ended, three pronged Buddhist ceremonial tool) from China to Japan and it landed in Mount koya.
Since then Kobo Daishi began build temple in Japan and the construction of other temples were continued by his disciples.
Kobo Daishi is well known as the founder of Shingon sect one of the biggest Buddhist Sect in Japan.around mount Koya tourists will see many graves here.they believe Mount koya is sacred land.
How To get there
From Nara station-by JR Train-Shinimamiya Station-by Nankai Koya Line-Gokurabashi station-Cable car-Koyasan station-then take bus to visit all tourist spot in here.
Places of Interest
This is the main interest tourist sot in Mount Koya when we entered the area we wil see many graves in here some political leader and impotant figures also buried here some of them are Takeda Shingen,Oa Nobunaga,Takeda Katsuyori and other.
According counting there are about 200,000 tombstones lining the almost two kilometer long approach to Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum te reason why many people want to be buried close to Kobo Daishi Mausoleum they believe at the end of the day Kobo Daishi will give salvation to them.
Kobo Daishi mausoleum also in this temple to connect temple area and graves area there is a bridge name Ichinohashi Bridge (first bridge)after passed this bridge all tourist are forbidden to take picture.
This mausoleum was built in 1643 by Tokugawa Leyasu Grandson the 3th Shogun Tokugawa Lemitsu the reason to built mausoleum here even they have another mausoleum in nikko is same with other Kobo Daishi Follower.there are 2 Mausoleum in here one for Tokugawa Leyasu and another for Tokugawa Hidetata the second shogun Father of Tokugawa Lemitsu.
The carving in this mausoleum are beautiful.
The Third Place I visited is Kongubuni Temple this temple was built by Lord Hideyoshi Toyotomi to commemorate the death of his mother later this temple was enlarged and be a complex of temple.
There are some important part in this temple like Banryutei Rock Garden seeing this Rock Garden make us remember to another rock garden in Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto.even rock garden in Kongubuji is not as famous as in Ryoanji.rock garden in Kongubuji is admitted as the largest Rock garden in Japan This rock garden was built in 1984
The other Ohiroma Room which was used for important rituals and religious ceremonies.
Danjo garan is another important Temple complex beside Kongubuji in this area there are some historical building but usually people will visit Kondo Hall this is the place where major ceremonies are held.another is Konpon Daito Pagoda this pagoda always appear in Brochure tourist about Koyasan
This Museum collects artifacts,statues and important treasures from temples in Koyasan thee 3 exhibition hall in here unfortunately we can take photos inside the museum
When I visited this temple unfortunately it was closed that day.Daishi Kyokai have role as administrative center of Shingon Buddhism, and spreading the teachings of Kobo Daishi, the sect’s founder. The complex consists of two buildings: Henjoden, a traditional temple hall, that was built in 1915 and is dedicated to Kobo Daishi, and a modern building for administration, lectures and training
7.Temple Lodging (Shukubo)
For Tourists who want to fell how live in temple they can stay at Temple lodging (shukubo) in the past there are hundreds of Temple lodging (shukubo) in Koyasan area now it around 50.in Temple Lodging we will eat food like what the monks eat (no meat,Alcohol) I stayed at Shojoshin inn one of Temple Lodging in Koyasan
Phone : +81-(0)736 56 2006
Cost : 12,960 Yen/Night