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.
These gentlemen were doing some bird photography with very fancy equipment.
When all they needed to do was hold out a finger.
For more on our adventure to Japan please follow this link to Japan!
Master of my domain!
I use my surroundings to make everything I need, even a winter home
Each block of snow is placed carefully to create the perfect igloo
The delicate work of placing the last blocks does not daunt the mighty Snow Hippo
Candy canes were added for delicious structural support
A job well done, bask in my brilliance!
If you liked Tiny Hippo as the Snow Hippo please click here to see the original Snow Hippo post.