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Day 3 – Cultural Diversity

Today your tour guide will take you to a holy temple complex located on a mountain top surrounded by cedar trees and mountain peaks known locally as Koyasan or Mt Koya. It is the center of Shingon Buddhism and one of the most important spiritual centers in Japan, with over one hundred temples.
One of the highlights of visiting Koyasan is walking through the Okunoin Cemetery. This cemetery lies in the middle of a forest of majestic cedar trees, and the roughly 200,000 graves contain some of the most famous figures in Japanese history. At night the roughly 1 mile path through the cemetery is lit by overhead lights and stone lanterns, and it makes for a wonderful evening stroll. All meals will be vegetarian shojin ryori which is the same that the monks eat. The trip from Namba Station to Koyasan Station will take about 1 hour and 55 minutes. In the evening the monks will serve you dinner and then you can take a stroll that was mentioned above.