The next stop on my tour of Japan is Koyasan!
Koyasan is a small temple town atop Mount Koya, it is the center of Shingon Buddhism.
Koyasan welcomes pilgrims and visitors alike.
This mountain top sanctuary is full of hidden gems just off the beaten trail. We found this building hidden at the end of an old path.
The giant cemetery of Koyasan is a mixture of old and new, this Buddha seemed fairly new…
while these stone lanterns seem to be disappearing into the mountain.
We were lucky enough to witness a chanting meditation taking place in the extremely cold river. It was an awe-inspiring experience. Onlookers joined in the chanting, I only wish that I had known the words.
Koyasan is a wonderful place where centuries of religious devotion can be witnessed and honored.
Particularly fine cedar trees are given number to record their history.