This old grave site has a large traditional stone and the space is nicely framed by a Shinto torii. This kind of complex shows how Buddhist and Shinto forms merge easily in Japanese sensibility.
This is just one of hundreds of such massive entrance gates to a temple in the town of Koyasan.
This is the same structure as in cocrejpn0163.
One of many old stone images in the forest.
The actual small shrine where Kobo Daishi's body was placed is behind the large mausoleum. These visitors stand between the mausoleum and the shrine while facing the shrine, which is to the right in this photo. The man in the white jacket is the guide, who tells them about the history of the shrine and instructs them how to pray, which they all subsequently do. In front of the shrine, there are always many fresh flowers donated by the faithful.
This Shinto-style shrine stands in the heart of the Garan complex and reflects the importance of the traditions of worship dedicated to the "local" deity of the mountain. It appears that Kukai revered these "kami" deeply and this reverence continues via regular rituals today.
This site appears to be dedicated to a family as well as to a corporation.
This is a corporate site.
Near the end of the path to Okunoin, just prior to crossing the last bridge before going up to Kukai's mausoleum, there is a line of statues with water troughs in front of them. Vistors pour water over the statues as an act of devotion. This ritual action shares something both with the cleansing of the mouth prior to entering a Shinto shrine, where the same sort of ladle and trough is used, as well as the cleansing of ancestral gravestones that is practiced in August during the Obon season.
In front of the Jizo is an offering box in which faithful can place coins to be used to maintain various features of the Okunoin area.
Across the bridge and down the path we can see visitors gathered at the foot of the stairs to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum.
Along the path to Okunoin are many graceful statues. This one is of the bodhisattva of compassion Kannon (Kuan-yin in China). It looks almost as if it were a curving tree itself.
Visible in the background is a small hill of Jizo statues, seen close up in photo 168.
Along the path to Okunoin there are many thousands of carvings and other pieces of religious art. This is a miniature bronze stupa.
Another family shrine in the forest of Koyasan.
This long path leads from the Kongobuji temple to the Garan, which is a complex of buildings such as large pagodas and halls for worship. There are several signs like this one in Koyasan (often with their idiosyncratic English renderings) that show support for the town being recognized by UNESCO as a site on their World Heritage List. As of 2003 Japan has ten sites so recognized.
This is a view of the Great Pagoda in the background as one approaches along the path from Kongobuji.
This gravesite is dedicated to the deceased employees of Nissan Motor Company.
Viewed from the south, this is the Great Stupa or Daito, with the Lecture Hall to the left.