Koyasan Okunoin temple: the most sacred spot in Japan
The stone tombs and the statues of gods standing over time lie quietly under the tall rustling trees up to hundreds of years old. Whoever visits here will get a sense of indescribable majesty.
In the summer, the city of Kyoto, where I used to live, was quite hot and uncomfortable, so I looked for a new and peaceful place to "get away from the heat". A Japanese uncle that I knew happened to offer me a visit to Koya-san, one of Japan's most well-known Buddhist attractions and a favorite hangout spot for him and his wife due to its peaceful atmosphere.
From Kyoto, you can take the express train to Wakayama Station in the city center and continue by bus or train to Koya-san, which will take approximately 2 hours to arrive. You can also travel directly from Osaka or Kansai International Airport to Koya-san without going to Wakayama Station.
I like this atmosphere
As soon as arriving, I was extremely surprised by the fresh air here, like the feeling of traveling from Saigon to Dalat! I have to say that in the middle of the summer heat, that feeling of coolness was refreshing. Although there were many tourists, everyone kept quiet, perhaps because it is a sacred place.
Since we didn't have much time and the main purpose was to go for a walk in nature, we just took a stroll within the Okunoin area in the North of Koya-san. This is the mausoleum of Master Kobo Daishi, a highly respected monk who founded Shingon Buddhism in Japan. More specifically, according to legend, he is still resting in the mausoleum in a state of eternal meditation.
The road to Okunoin is paved in stone, flanked by many memorials for lost souls. The Japanese believe that their spirits will leave this world if they can be near Master Kobo. Therefore, it is a pleasure to have memorials placed here.