Mount Koya (高野山)

Koya-san (Mount Koya) was founded 12 centuries ago by the monk Kukai as a place dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhism. Its been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. There are over 100 temples in the valley and Koya-san serves as the end-point of the popular Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage (Ohenro), although its not on the island of Shikoku.

Our time was limited in Koya-san to just a few hours – we had to be in Wakayama City for the evening. The high altitude of Koya-san proved to be a pleasant way to escape the summer heat. Next time we hope to come back for a longer stay.

A monk coming to eat at one of the numerous delicious vegan restaurants in Koya-san, where we had lunch. Koya-san is famous for its shoujin ryori, vegan food developed by Buddhist monks. The vegetarian dishes are tasty – they’ve been refined over hundreds of years. You can also stay overnight at one the numerous temples (no hotels) and you’ll be served a shougin dinner and breakfast.

The ring around the building move (but with a lot of effort from 6 people)

Ninja on vacation

A European doing the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage.

A tail

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9 Responses to Mount Koya (高野山)

  1. ambigram0 says:

    Love this post. I really, really need to go to Japan – everything about it seems so different to what I’m used to in England. Beautiful.

  2. Santiago Bustamante says:

    Reblogged this on Arte y Escritura.

  3. tokyohamster says:

    I just recently heard of Mount Koya and the 88 Temple Pilgrimage. The area seems so beautiful and tranquil. I can’t wait to go! Great photos & colors!

  4. Fabulous post. My daughter worked in japan for a year and loved everything about it. I have my name on a roof tile on a temple that was being newly built thanks to her! Best present I ever had!

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