West Side of Koya Town

Japan, Koya Guide (B): West Side of Koya Town

I walk out of Chuo Shokudo San Bou with my stomach full of veggies, ready to start exploring the town of Koya. But first, I go to the Koyasan Shukubo Association (Tourist Information) Central Office around the corner to rent an audio guide (500 yen). Since I am staying the night in town, they tell me I could return the audio guide the following morning in the same office or in any of the two tourist information centers near Okunoin. (Day trippers have to return the audio guide on the same day, before the offices close at 430PM.)

I switch on my audio guide and listen to a short introduction about Koyasan as I walk westward to my first stop: Kongobuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kongobuji is the head temple of Shingon Buddhism. I enter the temple grounds through its main gate which is the oldest building (1593) in Kongobuji. In the past only royalty and the chief priests could pass through this gate. Today, everyone can pretend they are royalty.

Inside the temple grounds, to the left of the gate, I see a small lonely building surrounded by trees. This is the kyozo (1679), a storage for all the temple's important articles. There is moss growing on its roof. It is closed. I wonder if it's musty inside. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: West Side of Koya Town
Guide Location: Japan » Koya
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Kongobuji   Garan   Daimon   Koyasan Reihokan Museum   Tokugawa Clan Mausoleum  
Author: Mustachio Ventures
Read it on author's website: http://mustachioventures.blogspot.md/2017/08/koyasan-garan-kongobuji-daimon.html