Beautiful temples in snowy mountains – Koyasan Day 2

After our first day in Koyasan, I we went to the west side to see the famous Buddhist temples and pilgrimage trails that have made this place a UNESCO World Heritage site. Day 1 report can be found here.


This is Daimon, at the entrance to Koyasan’s west side.

After Daimon, we went on a walk through the snowy mountains, on an old pilgrimage route.


These stones mark the route taken by the pilgrims.


A very cute Buddha!  Why is it hugging a frog??


Walking around the town you will come across sights like this everywhere.


Inside Kongobuji Temple, a must-see in Koyasan.

It’s full of these kinds of Japanese walls.


We then made our way to the main temple complex, with the above Kanpon Daito Temple.
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There were several little temples like this around the area.

Coming back to Osaka on the cable car!

Want to visit this area?  Check out our Koyasan budget travel guide.  Day 1 report can be found here.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.