Koya – the sacred mountain in Japan

Koya – the sacred mountain in Japan

Koyasan is a town located on the slopes of the sacred mountain of Koya, Wakayama Prefecture with a population of up to 3,000 people. In 2004, Koya and two other locations in the Kii Peninsula is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Today this place is known as the center of the Shingon sect (Shin) of Japanese Buddhism, a sect influenced by the Chinese and circulated in Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai. Kukai is also a character in the most revered religious Japanese soil.

If visitors want to stay overnight stop at Fudoin – temple located on top of the mountain, you will be entertained monks Seioh Yamashina delicious meals. In addition, visitors will be surprised when the “hint”: “If you want to drink beer with dinner, we Asahi or Kirin”.

A vegetarian meal at Koya.

In Japan, some Buddhist sects are not so strict as in Thailand or Bhutan – where people drink alcohol banned near temples. Also, according to historical records, the priests were allowed to marry, have children and are not forced to be vegetarians only. That tradition is the continuation until today. Currently Seioh Yamashina is the head temple in Fudoin – like his father and grandfather worked.

While drinking beer, but the food at the temple is completely vegetarian frugal, consistent with the spirit of Buddhism. Meat, fish, eggs are no dishes in the menu. The Japanese call this style is Shojin ryori cuisine – vegetarian dishes in temples. After each meal, visitors often hear instructors introduce Japanese Buddhism as well as customs and culture of this country.

Fudoin is 52 out of 117 in Koyasan temple visitors are allowed to stay over night. The scenery here is very pure place with lush green trees, clean paved roads, restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.

At Koyasan, every temple, every gate is very quaint and beautiful. Goes to a special 20 Danjo Garan works at (a combination of temples, statuary) – which was named the second-holiest destinations in Koyasan. Where is the most beautiful Banryutei – the country’s largest rock gardens. This garden is located in Kongobuji temple, completed in 1984, Kobo Daishi year anniversary in 1150 entered nirvana.

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