The pillar to the left designates the small hall behind the tree as one dedicated to some practices of the Shingon school.
Some of the grave markers in Koyasan are stone and some are in the traditional Shinto architectural style.
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.
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.
One of thousands of statues of Jizo, the merciful deity who is commonly entreated to assist children who have died young, especially even prior to birth. These statues are often dressed in caps and aprons. This clothing is sometimes placed there by a bereaved mother, or sometimes by any warm-hearted person who happens to be fond of keeping little Jizo neatly dressed.
The space beside the pathway is often filled with a vast collection of devotional pieces likely placed by different people centuries apart. The scenery weaves a tale of religious sentiment right into the very fabric of the forest.
One of many, many shrines in the forest near Okunoin dedicated to the ancestors of a private family.
Many of the centuries-old structures in the forest enroute to Okunoin are crumbling. Some of the more prominent ones close to the pathway are being restored.
Some of the grave stones surrounding Okunoin seem to depict either actual people or at least their idealized forms as ordinary social beings. Here we see a mother with children.
This plaque describes the full shrine visible in cocrejpn0143.
The path to Okunoin is not always level. The shifting topography makes for a more pleasurable walk.
The long path through the forest to Okunoin.
Another view enroute to Okunoin.