- After a 2.5 hours journey from Osaka, Karman, Kieran (her brother) and I arrived in Koyasan by 10am.
- Koyasan is one of the most sacred places in the country and the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism in Japan over 1200 years ago.
- The views from the train were beautiful. ALL THE NATURE.
- We dropped off our bags at Shojoshin-in, the Buddhist Temple that we would be staying in, and grabbed an early lunch at the café next door.
- We wandered along the beautiful Okunoin Cemetery, filled with 200,000 unique gravestones and monuments.
The Torodo Hall filled with 10,000 lanterns, illuminated for over 900 years, from floor to ceiling blew us all away.
We checked into our room at 2pm and wandered around the gorgeous gardens.
Later, we looked around the Garan Temple Complex and watched the sunset from the Daimon Gate.
- A vegetarian dinner was served back at the temple at 5.30pm. It was definitely an interesting experience.
- Most of the food was great but there were a few dishes that I wasn’t a fan of, such as the tempura, a rice-roll textured cube with wasabi on top and a slimy/crunchy white dish of stuff – I couldn’t even work out what it was.
- At 6.30am, we were up to watch a Buddhist Ceremony whereby two monks chanted for half an hour. It was very soothing.
- At 7.30am, we were given a vegetarian breakfast in a similar layout to the dinner from the night before. Washing up 395740 dishes must be a pain, though.
- As we didn’t have to check out till 10am, we both decided to catch up on some sleep.
- After checking out, we hiked along the ‘Women’s Trail’, named after the women that had to take this trail to reach a Buddhist temple that they were allowed to worship in.
- Next up, we headed to Kongobu-ji Temple which was beautiful and I stood in the sunshine admiring the beautiful stone gardens for a long time.
- We left Koyasan at 3.45pm, reaching our destination by 6pm.
- Karman and I parted ways and I met Ruben.
- After dropping off my bags, we had some really good Mexican Food at Ola Tapas Bar in Shinsaibashi, where Ruben really showed off his manliness by almost crying after eating something slightly spicy.
Oh, this is Ruben by the way. It’s always nice to have a face to a name, isn’t it?
This is one of the rare photos where he isn’t camping in an abandoned bus, posing outside said bus or looking like a bit of a murderer.
We grabbed pancakes at Gram for brunch; I bought a beautiful new leather rucksack (it also has 5 compartments which I like to show off at any opportunity); we walked to Nakonoshima Park which was full of roses and grabbed some udon and okonimiyaki for dinner at a quiet little restaurant near the hotel before I flew back to Hong Kong at 11pm.