Koya-san

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If you go to a town called Kōya in the mountains of the Wakayama Prefecture, you should book a stay at one the 120 temples that are located in and around town. Forget all your English and go for a walk across the largest cemetery you have ever seen, eat delicious food prepared by the monks, marvel at the most amazing room you have ever slept in and make sure to wash yourself thoroughly before bathing in the hot spring. Get a little bored after that and go to bed early. At the morning ceremony, try kneeling for 30 minutes straight, give up, sink into a cross-legged position and wonder what this is all about. Promise yourself to read up on Japanese buddhism. Have miso and rice for breakfast, check the bus timetables before you check-out. After a short bus-ride, take the funicular, the train and another train to Osaka, get off at Namba station around midday, emerge from the underground – brace yourself for this:

 

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(June 2015)

 

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  • hi Ktinka,

    I am planing my first trip to Japan for the fall and came across your blog.
    I have 9 nights in total and would like to visit Tokyo and Kyoto, but also some other places as day trips or for a night in between (landing and leaving from Tokyo).
    could you recommend your favorite stops?
    Also I’d love to stay in a place like you mentioned; a quite traditional place in the nature, with nice food and real Onsen. could you tell me more about how you got to this place and where did you spend the night?
    I am willing to travel and explore but also don’t want to move too much with a big suitcase thats why I thought about focusing on these two cities and traveling from there :)
    would be really great to hear your tips!

    Best and thanks in advance!
    Alisa (alisa.vil@gmail.com)