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Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan September 11th 2019

Każdy relaksuje się na swój sposób. Czasami życie uniemożliwia rzeczywisty odpoczynek, czasami sami dokonujemy wyboru spędzenia czasu w sposób, który nie jest w rzeczywistości fizyczną "labą". Mimo, że odległość jaka dzieli Kawaguchiko i Koyasan to ok 476 km, to przyzwyczajeni do faktu, że w Japonii pokonuje się takie trasy Shinkansenami w 2-3 h zupełnie pomineliśmy przy planowaniu czas jaki potrzebny będzie nam na przejechanie z jednej miejscowości do drugiej. Więc wczorajszy dzień miał być dniem zasłużonego odpoczynku po stawianiu czoła tajfunowi na Fuji-san. Niestety nie był. Gdy wieczorem w poniedziałek zaczęliśmy planować nasza podróż za pomocą aplikacji Japan Transit Planner (polecam! ), wyliczyła ona, że podróż zajmie nam około 7,5 h! Sprawdziłem jeszcze raz wprowadzając korektę dotyczącą JR pass i faktu, że nie możemy korzystać z najszybszych Shinkansenów, Nozomi. Wyszło ... read more
Ulice Koyasan.

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan May 18th 2019

I omitted to mention that there are no keys to the doors of the room but there is an inside lock. At 7:30 am there was a commotion in the hall as breakfast was served. This was a six or seven course meal including tea and soup. If you don’t lock the doors the boys come charging back in later, calling out their greeting as they cleared up the breakfast things. A few minutes later I had gone back to bed, they came in with clean pyjamas, and clean towels and to make the bed. They saw that I was not interested in getting up so they crept out. Wherever we stayed there were pyjamas and/or a yakuta which you can sleep in. These are changed every day. In the monastery there is a very strict ... read more

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan August 22nd 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! I slept exceptionally well last night and when I woke up this morning I felt completely restored. The last remnants of pain in my legs and feet was gone and I really felt a sense of hope and anticipation for the six days of hiking that lay ahead of me with start tomorrow. For today however I still had a full day of exploring the rest of Mount Kōya ahead of me before returning to Osaka to meet with Kenichi and Yumiji again to spend one more night at their place before the third and longest part of my pilgrimage begins. The morning began with an early morning service at 6.30 am and there were actually quite a lot of guests that were attending it. To my disappointment though it didn't really ... read more
Praying to Buddha
Shōjin Ryōri (Buddhist Vegetarian Cuisine)
Enkō-dō (Enkō Hall)

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan August 21st 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! (I apologise that it has taken me so long to continue my writings from my last trip to Japan) This morning I woke up feeling a bit more rested after a good night's sleep. I ate a light breakfast, consisting of various fruits, together with Kenichi and Yumiji before they left for work. I decided to go and visit the Osaka Tenman-gū before I went to the train bound for Mount Kōya. My legs was still sore as hell from climbing Mount Fuji over the past two days so my decision to take the cable car rather than hiking up Mount Kōya still remained. Fortunately Kenichi and Yumiji were kind enough to let me leave a large portion of my things at their home. I just brought a change of clothes, my ... read more
Tombs of Takeda Shingen and Takeda Katsuyori
Kōyasan Chōishi-michi Pilgrimage Trail
Tombs of the Mōri Clan of the Yamaguchi Prefecture

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan April 1st 2018

Haïku du jour On ouvre la porte du grand temple journée de printemps (Gusai) Cimetière de Koyasan Haut lieu de la spiritualité bouddhiste, shinto et tout simplement japonaise, le cimetière s'étire sur deux km sous des cryptomères (cèdres du Japon) vieux de 5 à 600 ans et hauts de plus de 50m. Il rassemble des milliers de monuments funéraires dont beaucoup en forme de pagode (croquis de mon carnet) composée de six éléments : A la base, la fleur de lotus (1) ; au dessus un bloc parallélépipédique qui représente la terre (2) ; sur monté d'un globe aplati : l'eau (3). Puis le feu symbolisé par un bloc en forme de "plat à tajine" (4) Au sommet, sont superposés le vent (l'air) genre de coussin rond (5) et, enfin, en forme de grosse figue, le ... read more

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan March 31st 2018

Haïku du jour Ne possédant rien Comme mon coeur est léger Comme l'air est frais Voyage au pays de Kookaï (voir post du 21 mars), point final à 900m d'altitude sur le Koyasan (mont Koya), du pèlerinage des 88 temples réalisé sur l'île de Shikoku. A partir de Hashimoto, après avoir traversé en ferry le bras de mer entre Tokushima et Wakayama, on monte dans un train sur voie unique qui va nous conduire le long de vallons encaissés et à travers d'épaisses forêts, s'arrêtant dans des gares de poupée pour laisser passer le sens inverse, jusqu'à l'altitude 500. On ne serait pas surpris de croiser entre deux tunels, la file des septs nains qui rentrent de la mine ! Les 400 derniers mêtres seront franchis en quelques minutes dans un funiculaire vertigineux. Au débarquement, skis ... read more

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan March 24th 2018

Before embarking on this trip, I suspected (correctly, as it turned out), that Kyoto would be overrun with tourists. I knew I wanted to experience a culturally significant site without too many tourists, and I also wanted to experience shokubo (temple lodging). Scanning through the blogs on this site, I found that pretty much everyone who had blogged about Mt. Koya (commonly called Koyasan) had a positive experience there. I decided to investigate further. From my initial research, I learned that Koyasan is the spiritual center for Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, and that it has over 120 temples, with a significant number of them offering lodging. The cheaper lodgings seemed to already be fully booked. After some research, I settled on Jokiin, which appeared to be centrally located and had very good reviews. The price was a ... read more
Danjo Garan

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan May 19th 2016

Nakoniec rano zaspavam, budik zazvoni ako mal ale este som si povedal pat minut a bola z toho pol hodina, takze nakup v obchode nestiham. Rapid vlak vyzeral uplne ako local, len s tym rozdielom,ze nestal na kazdej stanici. Takze smer Osaka. Vlak dost plny, hlavne skolaci a pracanti. Kancelarske krysy tu maju tiez rovnake uniformy teda obleky a japonky kostimceky. V osake (stanica SHINIMAMIYA) bezproblemovy prestup na expres smer hashimoto (nankai linia). Musel som si len prepipnut kartu, bo som menil spolocnost jr za nankai. Vo vlaku zvacsa len skolaci v roznych uniformach. Na konecnu stanicu prichadza vlak takmer prazdny. Cestu som skoro celu prespal. Na stanici sa pytam vypravcu ci mozem nastupit dovlaku, nie nie, tento ide nazad do osaky, treba ist cca 25m dalej,tam na rovnakej kolaji pride vlak do kudoyma. Vlak prisiel,vypra ... read more

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan September 27th 2015

We got up around 5:40-5:45 am. I had slept really well. The temple is quite noisy, as the building is old, and the floors are pretty creaky when people are walking about. I had woken a couple of times during the night, once around 11:30 pm and then again at 2 am. There's nothing nicer than waking up, looking at the clock and then realising that you still have hours left in bed. The room was a little cool and I quickly put on my clothes and we headed towards the meditation room, stopping off at the toilet on the way. Some people were brushing their teeth and washing their faces, far too much effort for so early in the morning. There was a monk at the entrance to the mediation room and she had a ... read more
Shojin Ryori Breakfast
Muryokoin Temple
Muryokoin Temple

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan September 26th 2015

I had tried to get a few hour shut eye on the bench near my check-in desk. However Incheon is a bloody noisy airport, so when they started setting up the barriers and I saw that the desks would open at 4:50, I headed to the bathroom to change and sort my face out. I was impressed with t'ways (the airline I was flying with), that they opened check-in three hours before departure, Jeju Air and the other budget carriers only open two hours before. There was only a small queue and I had checked my luggage and got my boarding pass pretty quickly. I always fly out early on Chuseok morning, but this time I was flying out earlier and it wasn't as busy as it gets later. I got through baggage inspection and immigration ... read more
Train Ticket
Tengachaya Station
Tengachaya Station

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