January 10, 2011

Koyasan, Japan

During our trip to Japan, we spent a night at Koyasan, where at 800m above sea level lies a temple town known as a centre of Shingon Buddhism. After the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, the tranquillity of this town was exactly what we needed.

We took the cable car up the mountain and arrived early to wander around the town's impressive cemeteries. We spent the night at a shukubo, a temple lodging where we enjoyed the warmth of the onsen, the chanting of the monks early in the morning, and the most beautifully presented and delicious all-vegetarian dishes one can imagine.

Winter is a quiet time of the year to visit this remote town, but come summer and the place will be packed with people. If you get a chance, do make an effort and visit Koyasan, its stunning spirituality will stay with you forever.

The vegetarian dishes were so delicate and ingeniously delicious.

Colourful, seasonal and superbly fresh dishes included vegetables, tofu, and nuts

You even get to enjoy these superlative meals in the peace and quiet of your own room



  1. A beautiful country! Thanks for sharing.



  2. What a gorgeous place to just relax and recharge. Beautiful photo's

  3. This town is really gorgeous and steeped in history...thanks for sharing, your pics are gorgeous!

  4. I stayed at a monastery in Koyasan on my first trip to Japan. It was so serene and the all-vegetarian, no garlic, no soy sauce fare was fascinating. We woke up early to join the monks for morning prayers too (pins and needles! argh!).

  5. What a wonderful experience. And all of the foods look so delicious. Japan is definitely a country I would love to visit one day.

  6. This post makes me miss Japan. I loved the temples at Kyoto. Despite it being a very hot summer, there was a sense of peace, respect and serenity at th temples regardless of the amount of tourists.

    Oh, and not too mention amazing food!


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