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If It’s Koya, It Has to be Good

February 22, 2011

Continued from “Nothing Beats a Good Trip”

From Osaka we headed south down the Kii peninsula to Mt. Koya. Not only a mountain, Koya is also a small town that was settled in 819 by Kukai, the founder of Shingon Buddhism and is now home to a huge amount of temples in a pretty small area. All of them are strikingly beautiful, making it more than worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Mt. Koya, orange temple and stone lanterns.

Konpon Daitō, considered the center point of the Shingon religion.

Danjogaran Saito

A torii gate at Mt. Koya

Stone lanterns in Okunoin Cemetery.

One of the most popular destinations at Mt. Koya is the Okunoin Cemetery, the largest in Japan. Many important Japanese figures are buried here, including monks, artists, and feudal lords.

There are over 200,000 graves in the Okunoin Cemetary.

A small statue wearing a bib-looking thing.

It's a very common site for statues to be wearing clothing in Japan, especially in the winter.

A torii in the forest, reminds me of that moon of Endor.

A white temply lookin thing

This massive white beast was barking at us like a Cerberus, but when we got closer just loved being pet.

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