statue at cemetery in Koyasan
I had a 6 day layover in Japan after leaving Thailand. This was my second time visiting Japan, I came here back in 1998 and did a bike tour for three weeks or so. I remember really enjoying the country so I was looking forward to exploring Japan a bit more. I bought a week rail pass and went from the airport to Kyoto and spent a couple days visiting the amazing temples. I then went to Koyasan, which is a place where Kobo Daishi founded the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. He went to China and brought back a vajrayana lineage which he established at mt. Koya. there is also the largest cemetery in Japan here. I was only able to spend 2 days at Koyasan but it was worth the effort getting there. The temples and culture in this town were impressive and powerful. Overall it was a pleasant whirlwind tour of Japan. After being gone for 6 weeks it was good to be back in the mountains of Colorado. I was happy to come home to a lot of snow.