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May 31, 2019 - Matsue Horanenya - Koyasan

Shojin-ryori breakfast

I had a restful night at Jimyoin after a long trip coming all the way from Uji and Horyuji from the previous day. I woke up early at 6.30am to attend a chanting session. This was then followed by a healthy vegetarian Shojin breakfast.

After breakfast, I checked out, kept my bag with the reception and it was time for some sightseeing around Koyasan, starting with its most famous attraction, Okunoin, where Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism was interred.

I got some advice from the staff of Jimyoin on how to get around Koyasan and apparently Koyasan is not a big place and quite walkable. From Jimyoin, I only had to walk five minutes to the cemetery of Okunoin. The cemetery was very interesting to me as it had graves belonging to famous samurai lords and corporate companies such as Glico, Nissan, Mazda and Kirin Beer.

One of the many shukubo temples along the way
Pikachu!
Start of the path to Okunoin
A monument dedicated to the student soldiers who died in the war
A walk through the cemetery
Beautiful carving of Kannon
Glico
Grave of Takeda Shingen, lord of Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture
Mazda on the left. Not the car company of Hiroshima but the woodworking company in Osaka.
Subaru in the middle
Rocket grave of Shinmeiwa Kogyo
Sharp Inc.
UCC Kashima Coffee
For the lives lost in the Great Earthquake of Tohoku
Nissan
Yakult
Kirin Beer
Cute pair of jizos
Grave of Oda Nobunaga
No photography allowed beyond this point
Sight of a local washing his hands in front of the row of Buddha statues
Pilgrims
Autumn foliage in May??

As I made my way to the nearest bus stop from Okunoin, I found some maple trees that have prematurely turned red even though it was May. I guess it must've been the cold mountain air.

From the bus stop, I took a bus all the way to Daimon. After visiting Daimon, I visited the rest of the attractions of Koyasan: Danjo Garan, Kongobuji, the Tokugawa Mausolea and Sanmai'in. There was a combined ticket for all the paid sights, including the Reihokan museum for JPY1500, but I decided to give this a miss as I've been to many Buddhist temples before. I only paid to see the Tokugawa Mausolea and it cost JPY200.

Cooler temperature on top of the mountain
Daimon
Walking back to the town center
Kondo Hall of Danjo Garan
Konpon Daito
What a strange feeling to be taking momiji shots in May
Path to Kongobuji
Kongobuji, the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism
Karaage for lunch
Ieyasu Tokugawa Mausoleum of Koyasan
Hideyoshi Tokugawa Mausoleum
Some nice shops along the way to Sanmai'in
Tahoto of Sanmai'in
Cute neighborhood display

After visiting the sights of Koyasan, it was unfortunately time for me to leave and head for my final stop of the trip, Wakayama City.

Tenku Sightseeing Train and Koya Ltd Express side by side at Gokurakubashi Station
Inside the Tenku Sightseeing Train
Arrival at Wakayama Station

My lodging for the night was a backpacker's hostel called Guesthouse RICO and for dinner, I had Wakayama's famous comfort food, Wakayama Ramen. Sadly, this was my last night in Japan as I was scheduled to board a plane back home from Kansai Airport in the next morning.

Guesthouse RICO
Wakayama ramen
Some gyoza to go with my ramen

That's it for my 10th trip to Japan where I've visited the San'in Region for the first time and some places in the Kansai Region that I've never been to before by chaining the usage of a Kansai 1-Day Pass, two San'in-Okayama Passes and a Kansai Wide Area Pass.

I hope you all enjoyed my report of the Horanenya Festival in Matsue and if you're interested, go see it in 2029 if you can wait. Until then, またね!

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List of Posts:
2019/05/31 - Matsue Horanenya - Koyasan
2019/05/30 - Matsue Horanenya - Horyuji and to Wakayama Prefecture
2019/05/29 - Matsue Horanenya - Uji
2019/05/28 - Matsue Horanenya - Amanohashidate
2019/05/27 - Matsue Horanenya - Tottori Sand Dunes
2019/05/26 - Matsue Horanenya - Kangyosai 還御祭
2019/05/25 - Matsue Horanenya - The World Heritage Sites of Hagi
2019/05/24 - Matsue Horanenya - Akiyoshido and Akiyoshidai
2019/05/23 - Matsue Horanenya - The Beluga Whales of AQUAS
2019/05/22 - Matsue Horanenya - Chunichisai 中日祭
2019/05/21 - Matsue Horanenya - Matengai Cliff and the Kuniga Coast
2019/05/20 - Matsue Horanenya - Sakaiminato
2019/05/19 - Matsue Horanenya - Izumo Taisha
2019/05/18 - Matsue Horanenya - Togyosai 渡御祭
2019/05/17 - Matsue Horanenya - Getting to Matsue from KIX
2016/07/15 - Hokkaido Day 14 - End of the Trip and My Top Five Highlights
2016/07/14 - Hokkaido Day 13 - Biei's Patchwork Road and the Blue Pond
2016/07/13 - Hokkaido Day 12 - The Lavender Fields of Furano
2016/07/12 - Hokkaido Day 11 - Usuyukiso Habitat and Peach Rock
2016/07/11 - Hokkaido Day 10 - Rebun's 4-Hour Trekking Course
2016/07/10 - Hokkaido Day 9 - Wakkanai, the Northernmost City of Japan
2016/07/09 - Hokkaido Day 8 - Journey to the North
2016/07/08 - Hokkaido Day 7 - Last Day in Shiretoko
2016/07/07 - Hokkaido Day 6 - Bear Watching Cruise and Rausu
2016/07/06 - Hokkaido Day 5 - Shiretoko Five Lakes
2016/07/05 - Hokkaido Day 4 - Obihiro Butadon and the Kushiro Norokko Train
2016/07/04 - Hokkaido Day 3 - Hell Valley and Heavenly Ramen
2016/07/03 - Hokkaido Day 2 - Yoichi and Otaru
2016/07/02 - Hokkaido Day 1 - Late Night Ramen Dinner
2015/05/02 - Hanami 2015 Day 6 - The Wisterias of Ashikaga Flower Park
2015/05/01 - Hanami 2015 Day 5 - Kakunodate and Long Winding Route to Aomori
2015/04/30 - Hanami 2015 Day 4 - The Lonely Sakura of Koiwai Farm
2015/04/29 - Hanami 2015 Day 3 - Matsushima and the Shiogamazakura
2015/04/28 - Hanami 2015 Day 2 - Hirosaki
2015/04/27 - Hanami 2015 Day 1 - Shibazakura in Chichibu