Koya-san’s Kongobuji area quick tour in Wakayama
We visited Koya-san, one of the World Heritage sites in Japan, for three days to stay Shukubo, a lodging for priests in Koya-san. It takes about 5 hours to see around, but we wanted to take a time to see the huge site.
Kongobuji area was built in 1593 for Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s mother. It is so huge and seemed a little bit like a political speech making space.
Okunoin is the most sacred place, where Kukai fell into deep meditation in 853. I didn’t take photos of the area, because it’s a holy space for Kukai. I visited twice in daytime and at night, to experience the different atmospheres.
It was a nice walk from the main street to visit Kongo Sanmai In which Masako Hojo, a wife of Kamakura founder Yoritomo Minamoto, built for her husband in 1211.
I heard there were a few hundred gods in Buddhism. I could not even remember the main gods, but I really enjoyed the Reihokan Museum to see various kinds of statues. In the 13th century, people felt grateful to see those statues in a temple without bright lights. I strongly recommend to visit Reihokan Museum to view these exotically designed statues.
In Koyasan town, there are various cute designs too.
After seeing cute design in Koyasan, I decided to buy a stylish incense pot.