SYNOPSIS:  About a twelve-hour journey in which I made nine transfers, used ten different modes of transportation and reached the holy mountain Koyasan.  This blog is mainly about a few observations on the various ways of getting around.

By the time I arrived in Koyasan it was 8:30 PM, but this little mountain town was already asleep.  Nobody on the streets, no sign of life, no open store, no restaurant, no traffic.  The full moon was hanging over the mountains and this sleepy mountain village at 857 meters elevation promised to be a special place.  After all, I had gone out of my way to get here and this was the special headquarters of the Shingon sect.VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY