It took me five years to finally make it to Mount Koya, although I lived in Japan at the time. Maybe because it is quite a train ride (or better said several train rides) to get there, but actually the journey itself is already worth the trip.
It is the religious center of Shingon Buddhism in Japan and you can actually feel it throughout the whole valley. I highly recommend to stay at a temple overnight, visit the Okunoin, Japan's largest graveyard, and if you like hiking, try one of the hiking trails that go around the center of Koyasan, offering beautiful views from above.
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Travelling abroad to discover new places, getting to know different cultures and learning foreign languages has always been my passion. I was born and raised in Germany; however, for a few years now I've been very lucky to be able to spend my life abroad. I lived for some time in England and Italy before moving to Japan in October 2009. It took me a while to adapt to this very different world; however, travelling up and down the country has helped me to not only adapt, but to actually fall in love with this country Japan. It has also reawakened my interest in photography, so whenever I get a chance I pack my camera and discover something new. Japan is full of beautiful but less well-known places. To make these more discoverable for everybody, I'm very happy to be able to share my stories and photography on this site, and open a world of extraordinary experiences, which would be difficult to find in a guidebook. For any queries regarding Tokyo as a travel destination or any of my published articles, please feel free to contact me.