Wakayama Marina City Royal Pines Hotel
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- Drycleaning onsite
- Breakfast Available
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Smoking rooms available
- Kids pool
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... complex which houses the remains of Kōbō-Daishi in a small mausoleum. This end of the cemetery was full of people dressed in white who had completed pilgrimages to the site and to the side of the mausoleum was a temple called Toro-Do which is known as the Lantern Hall. We walked inside this hall and were dumbfounded. Hundreds of thousands of golden lanterns, layered in endless rows from floor to ceiling illuminated the hallway. It was one of the most unexpected ...
We woke up and headed to the train station. We spent the morning and had lunch on the train on our way to our second homestay in Arida, Wakayama. Arida is a small farming town that doesn't make it into some of the tour books. We arrived around 2pm and were taken directly to an elementary school in the area. The kids were adorable and the school was much more recognizable to me as the type of environment that I know a school to be. ...
It was on my way back from Nikko that I stumbled across Koyasan in among a mass of information about Japan. The shots of the forested and moss-clad cemetery immediately piqued my interest, as did its remote location atop a mountain and the abundance of functioning Buddhist temples in the small town. I had already rushed around Tokyo for two days and, at this time, I did not have much appetite for a third day. So I decided to bite the bushido blade and leave a day early and head ...
... of an original either destroyed by politics, war or fire. We decided not to head in and went off to central Osaka. From Numba station we got too Denden. It was a Monday and a public holiday so the streets were packed. On the street we were in there were stalls selling heaps of different kinds of food as well as weird Japanese carnival games, a booth letting people get there photo taken with a white snake and other crazy things. After about an hour stumbling through this ...
... Koyasan we take a walk through Okonoin the largest Buddhist graveyard in Japan which winds for 2 km through a wood of really massive 50m high cedar trees, some of which are 700 years old. There are lanterns all along the way and it is really, really spooky in the dark. The next day we use a guide from the free English speaking guide service (5,000 yen "donation"). A wonderful lady by the name of Mitsuki showed us around the town and ...