Category: Japan 2017

Koyasan Okunoin

A mystic graveyard with over 20,000 gravestones in the midst of a towering cedar forest. Some graves are new but many are old and covered with moss. Some are forgotten and breaking apart. But surprisingly there is no sad atmosphere but a rather mystic one and…

Overnight at a temple, Jimeiin, in Koyasan

We stayed one night at one of the temples in Koyasan. Jimeiin is a quiet, serene temple with beautiful gardens. We were welcomed by young monks and escorted to our traditional Japanese room, which overlooked two different, wonderful gardens. For dinner, a tasty tofu…

Koyasan

Koyasan is a beautiful Buddhist town with 117 temples and many more monks.

Kumano Kodō III

Kumano Kodō, from Hashinmon Oji to Hongu, stop at Yunomine Onsen. We have been walking parts of the Kumano Kodo for two days and today is 3rd day. Yunomine Onsen is a quaint World Cultural Heritage onsen village with hot water steaming down the…

Kumano Kodo II

Kumano Kodo, from Hashinmon Oji to Kumano Hongu, 7km, 2h Starting at 3 pm (due to some car problem), which is late and the over-careful tourism office recommend that we take a torch light, we walked through a very beautiful countryside dotted with hamlet…

Kumano Hongū Taisha

The most beautiful Shinto shrine I have ever seen. After walking on the Kumano Kodo for two hours, we arrived at the main shrine past 5 pm. 

Kumano Nachi-Taisha

One of the main three shrines in Kumano, Nachi-Taisha, nestled in a dense mountain forest. A very picturesque pagoda was erected in front of the tallest waterfall in Japan (133m). We arrived around 3 pm and started from Daimon-zaka, walking up to the Nachi…