Koyasan Okunoin, Wakayama

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.



Name:Koyasan Okunoin
Address:Koyasan 550 Itogun Koyacho, Wakayama 648-0211 Japan
Access:Koyasan 550 Itogun Koyacho, Wakayama 648-0211 Japan
Official site:http://www.koyasan.or.jp/

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