Koyasan - Peaceful Retreat
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
35Trip End Mar 28, 2010
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My reasoning for going there went beyond the fact that I read it in the Lonely Planet. The description of a small town secluded within the mountains and nature was just the kind of retreat that I needed from being in Beijing. I didn't care that I was going alone... and rather the opposite, I preferred it.
Following a general walk in the area, I visited a famous Kongabuji temple where had supposedly one of the largest rock gardens in all of Japan. I ventured east from there. There was a large cemetery which led up a slight incline to the another famous place, the Lantern Hall. The experience was almost like a scene from the movies. All along the path are moss-covered grave stones which aligned with cypress trees. The strange part was that I didn't feel uncomfortable. Imagine that it is dusk, approaching darkness, and you're walking in a cemetery which you haven't been to before. Yes, there were moments where I thought it would be too eerie for me. Although I just stuck to the main path where occasionally I would encounter others taking the same walk.
It was a time for reflection, meditation and prayer. Things that most people shy away from yet things that people need in their life more than they realize. Regardless, I was there with my sketchbook and Bible. I was there to hear and get questions answered and as I discovered, the town itself was conducive to it all.