Author Archives: Rhonda Krause

Koyasan- Guide to Visiting the Sacred Sites of Mt. Koya

Koyasan- sacred, traditional and somewhat mysterious- was one of the most rewarding places we visited in Japan. In this quiet mountain town, we not only got a glimpse into the time-honored ways of Japanese religious life, we got to experience it. We stayed overnight in Buddhist temple, sampled the customary vegetarian cuisine and attended a...

Danjo Garan- Koyasan’s Central Temple Complex

As a sacred site for Buddhism in Japan, Koyasan features many temples dedicated to the practice of Shingon Buddhism. While each is important in their own way, none is as central to Buddhism in Koyasan as the Dai Garan Complex. About the Dai Garan Complex (Danjo Garan) Since the founding of Koyasan in 816, the...

Fushimi Inari Shrine- A Mountain Path Like No Other

It was unlike any mountain path we had walked before. Thousands of vermilion coloured torii gates lined the way, sheltering us from the forests of sacred Mount Inari. On and on we walked, through the seemingly never-ending tunnel of gates at Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine. The further we walked, the older and less dense the...


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