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Koyasan: Peak Colors

Continuing with my Kansai escapade, today, I head to Koyasan to check out the autumn colors there. I found the colors here to be at their peak and the best viewing period to continue for the next few days. Sunny and good weather is forecast for the next two days, but rain is predicted for this coming Saturday which may shorten the best viewing period.

For those who are planning to make the trip to Koyasan, note that there is no direct train Gokurakubashi Station (where the lower station of the cable car to Koyasan is located). Typhoon 21 which made landfall in October, damaged the area between Koyashita Station and Gokurakubashi Station. At this point, there is no specific date set to reopen the line.

All passengers headed to Koyasan will have to get off at Hashimoto Station and transfer to a direct bus which will bring you Koyasan Station in about 70 to 90 minutes (may be longer if there is a lot of traffic). There are signs at Hashimoto Station as well as train staff to direct visitors to the bus and bus departures are timed to the train arrivals. On the way back, the bus at Koyasan Station will take passengers back to Hashimoto Station. You must buy a valid ticket or have your IC card validated by the train staff before boarding the bus at Koyasan Station.

One of the perks of taking the bus up to Koyasan was being able to see the colors get more intense as the bus gained elevation slowly. Which made me wonder what the view through the usual cable car ride between Gokurakubashi and Koyasan stations looked like.

I started my day at Okunoin. Here is a tomb dedicated to everyone's favourite drink, Yakult
Colors in the cemetary
Wet, colorful leaves
Colors still come through in the mist/fog
What dreams may come
Autumn foilage at Eireiden Temple
If only everything wasn't so wet today
Lots of little statues in the cemetary
Tall cedar trees line the route to Kobo Dashi's resting place
Views in town
Fiery tones by the Manito Pagoda
Views around town II
Raining momiji
Banryutei rock garden and autumn foilage at Kongobuji Temple
Konpon Daita Pagoda hidden by leaves
Lots of fallen leaves on the ground
Maple trees along the stream
Inside the Garan grounds
Winding road up and down Koyasan