Koya-san

Sightseeing information about Koya-san in Japan.

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Koya-san is a secluded temple town that has developed around the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Esoteric Buddhism since the 9th century. In the 800m-high tableland surrounded by forested peaks, there are Kongoji Temple (headquarters), the mausoleum of the founder Kukai, the Jison-in administrative office, shrines to protect the area, and other temples that count more than 100. They are interconnected with numerous paths covered in cobble stones.

Surrounding mountains and deep forests combine to create traditions of Japanese religious life. Most of the temples provide lodgings for overnight stay, and you can experience a monk's lifestyle by eating vegetarian cuisine and attending the morning prayers. The flagstone paths and six architectures in Koya-san were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004.

Purposeelderly,surreal&cool,spiritual places,world heritage,mountain climbing,knows a lot about Japan,mysterious lands of Japan,shrine/temple,art,autumn foliage,sightseeing
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Highkights of the tour were, first of all, esoteric Buddhism rituals performed very early morning, and then walking through the path to the inner temple where the founder Kobo-taishi has meditated for more than 1000 years.Shojin ryori or...

Highkights of the tour were, first of all, esoteric Buddhism rituals performed very early morning, and then walking through the path to the inner temple where the founder Kobo-taishi has meditated for more than 1000 years.Shojin ryori or Buddhist vegetarian cuisine with sesami tofu is also a main factor which made this visit enjoyable, but above all, the most interesting experience was Ajikan,or esoteric Buddhist Meditation!

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