Kōyasan / Mount Kōya
What To See
Still in draft form. I'll erase this when i think i'm done.
In the old days, before roads, trains, cable cars, this is the main gate, the huge sanmon that travellers would find as they got to the top of the trail leading from the valley below. It's huge.
The head temple of the Kōyasan branch of Shingon Buddhism.
The imposing pagoda with amazing statues and pictures inside.
Sanko No Matsu
As Kūkai was leaving China to return to Japan, legend says that he stood on the shore and threw a three-pronged vajra (sankosho) across the sea to Japan to mark where he should build his future monastery and seat of his Shingon teachings. It was found in an ancestor of this pine tree (matsu), on this very spot.
I'll have to check, but i also think this tree is special because three needles come out together instead of the two found on a normal pine tree.
Originally the lecture hall for the monks living and practicing on K&333;yasan, it is now a ceremonial hall.
This is what everyone really comes to see, the Inner Temple and mausoleum of Kōbō Daishi. This is where the Daishi sits in eternal meditation until the arrival of Miroku, the next Buddha. To get there you must cross three bridges, each taking you across to more sacred ground, with the third, the Gobyō No Bashi, Mausoleum Bridge, leading to the Okunoin.
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A wonderful museum housing all of Kōyasan's national treasures.
- Nankai Rinkan Bus (The bus system on the mountain)
- Nankai Rinkan Bus Stops (Japanese)
- Nankai Rinkan Bus Schedule
- Guide to the Nankai Rinkan Buses (pdf)
- Official Website of the Kōyasan Tourist Association
- Welcome To Kōyasan (English/French/Italian)
- Welcome To Kōyasan (Japanese)
- Nankai Complete Guide To Kōyasan