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.

Statue of the Kongobuji Entrance

Statue of the Kongobuji Entrance

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.

Nice walk to Kongo Sanmai In

Nice walk to Kongo Sanmai In

Entrance of main hall

Entrance of main hall

Flower at the Entrance

Flower at the Entrance

Tahoto built in 1223

Tahoto built in 1223

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.

Elephant statues

Elephant statues

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Bench with Ojizousan, a child buddha

Japanese sweet shop’s decoration

Japanese sweet shop’s decoration

After seeing cute design in Koyasan, I decided to buy a stylish incense pot.

Incense shop

Incense shop

Incense pot

Incense pot