235 - 17th September 2006 - Koyasan


This was our beautiful room in Koya-san


We didn't expect a TV inside a monastery for some reason


We were staying in the Daien-In temple


Our Yukata - Japanese night clothes and free toothbrushes


The gardens


Immaculately maintained


Don't know what it says but it was on the wall above the door to the 'Chi' room where we would eat our meals


Nice doll in the room


Carrying a fan


and a flower


More of the gardens


The entrance way


Heading out for a walk around the town


A bell tower. Rung every few hours.


Leading up to the Garan, an area that is the focus of many temples


The Eastern side


The large cleansing area


Chris at the Garan


Lantern


The Eastern Stupa


Sammaido


The eastern area


A line of stones


The giant Konpon Daito


Koya-Shiro, another bell rung at 4, 10, 18, 21 and 23 o'clock


Lantern and the stupa


Another side of the bell


Another of the main buildings


A storehouse for scriptures - Arakawa Kyozo


A sly little grin. We think he's trying to hide something. His pedestal was covered in money


Chris and the torii


Monk


Chris peeking around


Koya-san is the home of the Shingon sect of Buddhism


The Western Stupa


Shingon buddhists believe that enlightenment can occur within one lifetime


Many other sects believe it takes many lifetimes to achieve enlightenment


View from the west of town


The Dai-Mon gate. The traditional entrance to the town before the cable car was built to the north


This stone is a marker post on the old pilgrim trail that leads to the shrine of Kobo-Daishi


Temple entrance


Torii gates leading through to the kids playground


Side street


There were hundreds of statues around the town


Here's another


It doesn't really look like it in the photos but the road through the town was quite busy


Another temple entrance


Statue in the rain


The Daishikyokai - The centre of the Shingon sect presides over 5700 monasteries


Our beds for the night were prepared whilst we ate dinner - They look very fluffy


Pip with our dinner in the Chi room


Chris picking at the various types of food


and trying not to drop them all on the tatami matting


It did taste good though


An entirely vegetarian mean


Chris and the meal


Unidentified white stuff


Chris in the Yukata