Approaching the main hall from the stairs one can see this small shrine to the left. Behind it is the massive main hall.
This is the interior of the Kobo Daishi Hall.
Here hang the b&quoema," or tablets upon which faithful write personal wishes that they want the deity of the shrine to assist in fulfilling. These hang just in front of the shrine, which is behind and to the right of the photographer here.
This lovely sub-temple at Hasedera (same one as picture 24), offers a fine glimpse from its entrance way down a long corridor of the back garden.
This is the chandelier-like canopy above the statue of Kobo Daishi, in which are carved images of various Buddhas.
A close-up of the main hall as seen from the sub-temple in cocrejpn0024. Note the bell tower at the top of the stairway to the right.
This view of Hasedera's lovely pagoda, or stupa, is from the balcony of the main hall, where a bell is visible hanging from the corner of an eave.
The main shrine at Hasedera is comprised of two buildings. To the left is a larger structure (cocrejpn0061) adjacent to which on the right is this smaller one.
This plaza connects the bell tower, main hall, and temple shop.
These stairs lead from the main street to a small shrine in the forest behind the houses visible to the right.
The guide (arms up in green shirt) leads a tour through the forest path enroute to Okunoin.
This is the view from the portico of one of the old temple structures along the path toward the center of the Garan. In the distance is the large Lecture Hall, and to the left is the oldest standing structure, the Fudo Hall, which dates from the 12th century.
The high roof covers a large bronze bell that is rung hourly. It can be heard throughout the entire town. When Kukai founded Koyasan in the early ninth century, he sought contributions to build a similar bell and argued that temple bells are a vital part of the community.
This new stone rests on a site that must have held a much older marker before. I believe the inscription on the sphere reads, "Meet together in one place," which would refer to a belief that some Buddhists have that they will join together after death in the Pure Land of the Buddha Amida.
This plain wood stupa adjacent to the larger Daito is known as the Western Stupa or Saito.
This old shrine must have been dedicated to the ancestors of a family. It also has the torii entrance.
A carved dragon such as this one can be found adorning many temple buildings in Japan.
An example of the reverence for nature, particularly in its more awesome guises, is the placement of coins (mostly the equivalent of pennies) on top of this stump, which likely was a tree over four hundred years old.
This newer structure, adjacent to the mausoleum, houses thousands of lamps donated by faithful in memory of their loved ones. The hall surpasses in scale, but perhaps not in grace, the mound of statues to the right dedicated to the spirits of the unremembered.
Each of the deities in this line of Buddhist images receives water from the ladles of numerous visitors. They also receive an occasional cap and bib.
Complete with cup and saucer, this site is dedicated to workers at one of Japan's largest coffee manufacturers.
Between the Tamagawa and the mausoleum (on the left when facing the mausoleum) is this gated burial space reserved for members of Japan's Imperial family.
This is the same Jizo image as in photo 184.