On the way up from Gokurakubashi
The ancient graveyard of Okunoin where some of the biggest names in Japanese history rest including Kobo Daishi, the founder; residing in deep mediation in preparation for return.
Autumn starts early in Koyasan, but what a sight it is.
Protectors of the souls of children
The local vegetarian dish served at the temple accommodation in Koyasan known as shojin ryori. Delicate tastes and textures to mediate upon the unique experience. If you don’t want / can’t sit on the floor, a seat and table can be provided!
No visit to Koyasan can be complete without a walk around Okunoin Graveyard at night. It’s quiet and atmospheric.
…and some things go bump in the night..
The journey back to Osaka starting with the funicular.