Located at an altitude of 867 meters and registered as a World Cultural Heritage site, “Koyasan” is a sacred place of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism. Kukai (Kobo Daishi), the giant of the religious world, opened up as a training place. Over 1200 years, many tourists visit this place across the status and sects. Among them, the Okuninin which is said to be the most sacred place, it is considered to be a sacred place where there is “Gobyo” (Mausoleum) in the place where Kukai did Nyujo (*). Kobo Daishi will welcome the pilgrims at “Ichinohashi Bridge” which is the entrance of the Okunoin, and it is said that when the worshipers come home he will see them off here.
It takes about two kilometer for one way to the pilgrimage road, and it takes about an hour and a half to make a round – trip. There are stone towers that are said to be 200,000 units, including Nobunaga ODA, Shingen TAKEDA, Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI and other tombstones of the Warring States era. The sight is covered with sacred atmosphere, coupled with a straight line of cedar trees. When visiting at dusk, you can enjoy the scenic landscape that faint light of the lantern illuminates the feet in a blurred fashion.
In Okunoin ‘s Gobyo, Kobo Daishi is still living and continuing meditation, and meals are delivered everyday. The state of the ceremony called “Shojinku” (meals for Kobodaishi) can also be seen by ordinary visitors.
Okunoin is believed to be a “dead world” where the soul comes after death. People who wanted to sleep by Kobo Daishi made a tombstone and it is said that the current approach has been completed.
It passes more than 1,200 years after Kukai (also known as Kobodaishi) founded the exercise hall of Buddha’s preach esoteric Buddhism to Mt. Koyasan. There is “Okunoin” at the center of the faith in Daishi. Whoever come here feels solemn and cannot help giving prayer.
“Okunoin” is the center of the faith of Mt. Koyasan and is the sacred place where Buddhism Great Teacher Kukai did Nyujo (*) at the age of 62 years old in 835.
*Nyujo is one of the ultimate ascetic practices of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism.
Even now, it is still believed that Kukai prays for peace in the world and he continue saving every people. And a meal is sent to the “Okunoin” twice in the morning, at 6:00 a.m. and half past 10 a.m. every day. A general visitor can also see the ceremony called this “Shojinku.”
It is from the late Heian period to the Kamakura period that the approach was made.
The approach is spreading out approximately 1.9km from the entrance of “Ichinohashi” to “Gobyo” (Mausoleum) where Kukai is still continuing meditation. Both sides of the approach, the graves and rest-in-peace pagodas of 200,000 stand in a row.
The maximum rest-in-peace pagoda in “Okunoin” is for mother of Dainagon (major councilor) of Tadanaga TOKUGAWA of Suruga Province, and height is 6 meters.
In Mt. Koyasan Okunoin Temple, unique mind space spreads out so as to enshrine friends and foes alike.
There are many cemeteries of the historical person.
|Address:||Koyasan 550 Itogun Koyacho, Wakayama 648-0211 Japan|
|Access:||Koyasan 550 Itogun Koyacho, Wakayama 648-0211 Japan|