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!

Popular Places to Go in Shirahama City, Wakayama

Como estas? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty amigos. I would like to share places to go in Shirahama City, Wakayama this time.

Popular Places to Go in Shirahama City, Wakayama

Previously I’ve shown you nice places in Wakayama City. Drive down south for 1.5 hour and that’s another city called Shirahama (still within Wakayama Prefecture). It’s not big but more nature and places to check out.

Toretore Ichiba Market

Tore Tore Ichiba market is like a wet market for pros but it is for visitors. In fact there are food court and seats. There is even an onsen place in the same property. It’d be nice to soak into hot spring before or after having fresh seafood. There are different food stands like Kebab, BBQ, etc. as well. Go fill your stomach as you desire!

This is also the best place to purchase souvenir. Wakayama’s famous umeboshi (dried plum), umeshu (plum liquor) are all available.

I got marinated salmon & salmon egg bowl, Mrs. Wada got gorgeous sashimi bowl.

 

Toretore Ichiba Market
Access

2521 Katata, Shirahama cho, Nishimurogun, Wakayama

Business Hours

8:30 – 18:30

*It may vary during the holidays.

Contact 0739-42-1010
Website https://toretore.com/ichiba/ (in Japanese)

 

Shirahama White Beach

As its name Shirahama (white beach), Shirahama Beach is a thing you can’t miss. It would be full of people in summer. It’s only winter that you can run around like this!

FYI, every New Year’s Eve, countdown fireworks can be seen right at the beach.

Shirarahama White Beach
 Access

Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

 

 

Sandanbeki Rock Cliff

A series of 50-meter-high cliffs (like Tojinbo in Fukui) would overwhelm visitors. There’s a cave down there as well.

Sandanbeki Rock Cliff
Access

2927-52 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

Website http://sandanbeki.com/

 

Senjojiki Rock Formation

With the layers of the rock plates made by waves for centuries, it feels like we are in another planet! Spontaneous. Since it’s near the shore, it gets windy and slippery. Stay alert.

Senjojiki Rock Formation
 Access

2927-72 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

 

Engetsuto Island

It’s Shirahama’s symbolic spot. Officially its name is Takashima Island but known as Engetsuto Island. Just a 5-minute drive from the central. Sunset views are very popular for tourists. There’s a ferry tour passing through the hole in the middle as well.

Viewing Point of Engetsuto Island
Access

 

Adventure World

Ueno Zoo in Tokyo is not the only place you can see pandas. This Adventure World is a three-in-one theme park (zoo, aquarium, and amusement park). It’s got restaurants and cafes as well. Pretty good for families, couples, anybody!

Adventure World
Access

2399 Katata, Shirahama cho, Nishimurogun, Wakayama

Business Hours

9:30 – 17:00

*It may vary.

Contact 0570-06-4481
Website http://www.aws-s.com/en/

 

Shirahama Onsen

Outdoor Onsen (hot spring) is always one thing you should try while in Japan and there are several places in Shirahama as well. Amazing views with the white beach would be worth a visit!

Shirasuna

864 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

Reference: www.town.shirahama.wakayama.jp/kanko/onsen/1454046592467.html (in JP)

 Muro no Yu

 1665 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

 Saki no Yu

1668 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

 Shirara Yu

 3313-1 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

Reference : Wakayama City website

 

Lastly

How do you find it? Lots to see in such a small town huh? We would like to visit and explore deeper another time.

Anyway, hope it helps.

See you around!



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