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Lanterns at the Danjogaran, Mt Koya

I really enjoyed my stay at Mount Koya, or better Kōya-san (高野山), where we did a temple stay (Shukubo,) see here.

Japan is a country of contrasts and nothing makes it clearer than a stay at Koya-san: On one hand we have Tokyo/Osaka/etc. with all the blue suit-wearing Salarymen too concerned about their place in the company and therefore afraid to open themselves up to criticism and cannot even be seen smiling, and the Louis Vuitton and other brands obsessed women suggesting shallowness; and on the other hand we have Mt Koya with its spiritual focus and peacefulness and open manners of the countryside. I am not religious at all, but I’d pick Koya-san every time.

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