Koyasan Oku-no-in Temple in Wakayama

koyasan temple in wakayama

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce Koyasan Oku-no-in Temple in Wakayama this time.

Koyasan Oku-no-in Temple in Wakayama

Koyasan Temple is located at about 800-meter high of the Mt. Koya. Accessible by car (not recommended in winter) but  to avoid traffic we caught a train at JR Hashimoto station.

 

To Koyasan Station

A day pass that you can use for commuting to Koyasan (the cable car and buses) is available at near by stations. From Hashimoto Station it costed 2,200 yen as of 2019 August (return).

 

After few stations we transferred to the cable car at Gokuraku Station.

 

To Oku-no-in Temple

Here we are. Any place seems not walking distance from the Koyasan Station. We jumped into a bus going all the way down to Oku-no-in (main temple).

 

Got off at the last stop. If you would like to walk through the path to the temple get off two stops before. Well, we would walk through it on the way back.

 

Passing through unusual objects in the nature.

 

Alright. From here camera is NOT allowed. We entered the main temple and also saw a tomb of Kukai (Kobodaishi), a famous monk. Some foreigners seem afraid of visiting temples due their background (including that they aren’t Buddhists). It is a temple but not you don’t have to be religious (in fact many Japanese aren’t today). Plus you don’t have to follow all ceremony either (just show enough respect). Take it easy (^v<)☆

 

On the way back (walking through a path that we missed first).

 

We entered Oku-no-in after lunch though it was already running out of time! Koyasan seemed a lot bigger than we expected. If ya plan on visiting entire Koyasan, you should get there earlier. We actually tried to take a look at another place but it suddenly started raining. That’s the mountain weather after all…..let us sip some coffee and chill out…

 

Let’s call it a day!

Information

Name Oku-no-in (高野山真言宗 総本山金剛峯寺)
Access 550 Koyasan Oaza Koya-cho, Itogun, Wakayama
Website http://www.koyasan.or.jp/en/

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It was interesting though, we miscalculated time schedule. Heh heh. Anyhow we saw many French tourists on the way. Perhaps it’s known in France? Let us hear why!, if ya from France.

See you around!

What is Otoshidama Anyways?

what is otoshidama

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce about otoshidama this time.

What is Otoshidama Anyways?

Otoshidama (お年玉) is a new year’s gift that grownups give children in your family or relatives during the new year holiday. It is normally a great opportunity for kids to get this amount of money so they can  purchase something they usually can’t afford (video games, etc). Naturally, the more uncles and aunts you get, the more you are expected to get otoshidama. (However it didn’t apply to me…)

 

How Much to Give for Otoshidama?

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It really depends on the family or person and also how old the kids are. Usually it starts from a small number like 500 yen or 1000 yen when a kid is still small, and raises slowly. You wouldn’t want to give too much first and kids would expect more every year like there’s no turning back. I myself didn’t have many uncles or aunts so instead my uncle used to give me quite a lot (like 10,000 yen) every time I saw him during the holiday. It was always a bonus for me. Heh heh.

Here is some reference.

Younger kid 1,000 – 2,000 yen
Elementary school student 1,000 – 4,000 yen
Jr. high school student 3,000 yen – 5,000 yen
High school student 5,000 yen – 10,000 yen
University student 10,000 yen

How Do Kids Spend Otoshidama?

Many kids go buy toys, etc. with the money but smart parents keep it in his/her savings as the academic fund. I would keep it in my pocket…but some went to the fund, I think.

Lastly

How do you find it? You may or may not need to do it but it’s always good to learn different cultures, isn’t it?

See you around!