【World Heritage】Okuno-in Temple in Mt.Koya3.5
Mt. Koya or Koyasan is a basin running 2 km north-south and 4 km east-west, surrounded by 900m-high mountains, and located in the Koya Town of Wakayama Prefecture.
It is one of the holy sanctuaries afforded to Kukai aka Kobo-Daishi, who was an influential monk, by the emperor as a place for eternal meditation in 816(Heian Era). Kukai founded the Shingon Sect of Japanese Buddhism.
"Danjo Garan(Sacred Temple Complex)" is part of Mt. Koya, the center of Shingon Buddhism. Along with Okunoin Temple(the inner sanctuary), Danjo Garan is one of the two great sacred spots of Mt. Koya.
As a focal point of spiritual belief in Koyasan, "Okuno-in Temple" is a holy land where Kukai continues on in meditation today. In the short 2km road from Ichi-no-hashi Bridge to Kobo Daishi Mausoleum, over two hundred thousand tomb stones and Buddhist memorials including famous samurai loads have been lined along the cedar trees for a good thousand years.
When Kukai was 62 years old, he passed into eternal meditation in the Okunoin Temple. And some believe the Kukai did not die, but is in a higher level of meditaion.
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5.08 months ago
Mystical. The 40 min walk to okunoin is beautiful. Feels like most of Japan is buried here, from warlords to corporate billionaires. A 40 min walk in a tranquil cedar forest will lead you to the Kobo daishi mausoleum. Also worth checking out hall of lanterns, this place is rich in history and culture.
5.010 months ago
Okung no in is a special place. This place is a most sacred place where Kuukai still sleeps there.
5.04 months ago
This place has a strong spiritual feeling. It might have something to do with me finishing the Shikoku 88, but it felt spiritual. I am not Buddhist but it makes sense why they believe this place is special. Does Kobo Daishi rest here in an eternal state of meditation? I don’t know, but it is still worth the experience.
5.05 months ago
Super atmospheric with a lot of interesting history. Wander of the main path for a more engrossing experience.
5.0a year ago
One of the most amazing places I've visited in Japan. Highly recommended, especially if you enjoy history or cemeteries. Walking through was very peaceful.