The long path through the forest to Okunoin.
Some of the grave markers in Koyasan are stone and some are in the traditional Shinto architectural style.
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 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 photo was taken from the right of the main hall.
A standing statue of Jizo, who may not be as tall as the trees but he is ever so graceful.
The path to Okunoin is not always level. The shifting topography makes for a more pleasurable walk.
Visible in the background is a small hill of Jizo statues, seen close up in photo 168.
This structure marks a large grove within the Minatogawa shrine compound in which Kusunoki Masanari died in 1336.
This map of the shrine compound is erected near the entrance.
This plaque in front of the tree with the himorogi says that the tree was over 500 years old when it was severely injured by burns received in the bombing of Kobe during WWII. However, even though shattered, it managed to stay alive, and so became revered as a symbol of rebirth and resuscitation. The plaque refers to it as a "divine (kami) tree."
Here shrine priests accompany a local business man to his car after emerging from the shrine's administrative building. Local businesses are often the greatest benefactors of a shrine. No doubt many business leaders believe that their relation to the shrine may help their business to prosper.
This white torii stands on the main pathway of the shrine, about halfway between the main gate and the main shrine hall
One of the paths in Okunoin passes over a stream.
One of the many temple gates on the main street in Koyasan.
View looking eastward across Tiananmen Square to Tiananmen (The Gate of Heavenly Peace), with Mao portrait and signs reading "Long live the Communist Party of China" [left] and "Long Live The Great Unification of the People of the World"
The Miedo, meaning "Hall of the Honorable Portrait," houses an ancient portrait of Kukai, Koyasan's ninth century founder, said to have been painted by his disciple.
This meal includes, on the left tray: tofu made from sesame dressed in wasabi and soy sauce; tempura fried vegetables, noodles in broth and several kinds of pickle. On the right tray is: plate with tofu, pumpkin, lotus root and other vegetables; roasted eggplant basted with a light and a dark miso (fermented soy) paste; tiny mountain vegetables in a vinegar dressing with a dried plum; watermelon. The meal comes with plenty of rice and tea. Sake and beer are also available.
The Great Pagoda (Daito) is the most striking structure within the Garan complex in the western central part of Koyasan. The pagoda stands over 150 feet tall (48.5 meters). These pilgrims, who travel as a group in their white garb and are accompanied by priests in black robes, pray before the entrance of the pagoda toward the huge Buddha images inside.