Torodo Hall (Hall of Lamps) is Okunoin's main hall for worship, built in front of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum. Inside the hall are more than 10,000 lanterns, which were donated by worshipers and are kept eternally lit.

Torodo Hall (Hall of Lamps) is Okunoin's main hall for worship, built in front of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum. Inside the hall are more than 10,000 lanterns, which were donated by worshipers and are kept eternally lit.

Koyasan Travel: Okunoin Temple

Koyasan Travel: Okunoin Temple

Approach to Daitoku-ji temple, Koto-in, Kyoto, Japan

Approach to Daitoku-ji temple, Koto-in, Kyoto, Japan

Ancient sites like Okuno-in Temple Path in Kyoto and Buddhist monks in Mount Koya, Japan

Ancient sites like Okuno-in Temple Path in Kyoto and Buddhist monks in Mount Koya, Japan

Omgosh....this is on my list for certain! Moss Garden - Sanzen-in temple, Ohara, Kyoto, Japan

Omgosh....this is on my list for certain! Moss Garden - Sanzen-in temple, Ohara, Kyoto, Japan

Tenryuji (天龍寺, Tenryūji) is the most important temple in Kyoto's Arashiyama district. It was ranked first among the city's five great Zen temples, and is now registered as a world heritage site.

Tenryuji (天龍寺, Tenryūji) is the most important temple in Kyoto's Arashiyama district. It was ranked first among the city's five great Zen temples, and is now registered as a world heritage site.

Ginkaku-ji. 銀閣寺   Kyoto

Ginkaku-ji. 銀閣寺 Kyoto

Monk walking in Okuno-in cemetery - Koya San, Japan

Monk walking in Okuno-in cemetery - Koya San, Japan

Bamboo forest in Japan

Bamboo forest in Japan

The Higashiyama District along the lower slopes of Kyoto's eastern mountains is one of the city's best preserved historic districts. It is a great place to experience traditional old Kyoto, especially between Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine, where the narrow lanes, wooden buildings and traditional merchant shops invoke a feeling of the old capital city.

The Higashiyama District along the lower slopes of Kyoto's eastern mountains is one of the city's best preserved historic districts. It is a great place to experience traditional old Kyoto, especially between Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine, where the narrow lanes, wooden buildings and traditional merchant shops invoke a feeling of the old capital city.

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