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// OCTOBER 2014
To Tokyo and even further...
Narita
Nikko
Nagoya
Ise
Hiroshima
Yoshino
Koya
Osaka
Kyoto
Yokohama
Tokyo
Nara
Kamakura
Seoul
Tokyo
Narita
Nagano
Joetsu
Inawashiro
Shirakawa
Itsukushima
Imabari
Niihama
Sakaide
Onomichi
Yoshima Island
Ako

Koyasan


Out of the river…

We started our journey to the famous Horyuji. There are about 48 Buddhist temples at the Horyuji, area, in Nara. Some of them go back to the 7th or 8th century, so therefore they are considered to be amongst the oldest remaining wooden buildings in the world.
 




These masterpieces of the wooden architecture are important not only for the history of art, since they reflect the amalgamation of the Chinese Buddhist Architecture by the Japanese culture, but also for the history of the religion, since their construction coincided with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan from China and the Corean Peninsula.


Fog, pilgrimage and color.

Our next destination was Koyasan. The mountain Koya  (Koya-san) is located at the province of Wakayama, south of Osaka in Japan. The mountain was firstly inhabited by a monk named Kukai in 1819. He was the one who established the monastery in the center of the mountain.





Today the mountain Koyasan is known as the center of the religious section Singon, branch of the Japanese Buddhist religion.

Standing at an altitude of 800 meters from the sea level, into a valley surrounded by the eight tops of the mountain, the monastery expanded through time and nowadays it has become a whole town, known as Koya. There are more than one hundred temples in Koya and many of them offer lodgings to the lots of pilgrims that arrive there. There is also a religious school, still operating.





The area is full of beautiful temples. Buddhism, along with Script, was introduced to Japan from China and absorbed the local pagan Shinto. Buddhism was identified with the effort for the creation of a single, common state, which had resulted to the wars that broke among the feudal leaders (shoguns).
We had the opportunity to take an auto guide and just before we had reached the counter, I was begging Christos not to call it … “auto gida”. Being a born tease, as usual, he had the inspiration to… break jokes with the girl at the ticket counter!
We visited the Okunoin cemetery, the largest in Japan, with more than 200.000 tombs, which also hosts the religious section Singon founder’s mausoleum.





We spent most of the day at Koyasan and we enjoyed some of the most amazing, full of autumn colors, picturesque spots. Later on, we tried to see a few more of Kyoto’s sights.


Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15 days
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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