I toyed with the idea of Wakayama all week but by Friday I still hadn't made any definite plans. But at 10am Friday morning, I just decided -let's do it. So with nothing but my iPhone, we navigated our way, booked a hotel, and decided the attractions to visit.
I'm not too proud to admit that I would be lost without my godphone. lol.
|On top of Wakayama Castle: Osaka Bay & some of the Kumano Mountains|
The next day we headed out to Koyasan, also known as Mount Koya, one of Japan's three most sacred mountains and a World Heritage Site. We consulted the godphone but the route had us going more than half the way home back to Osaka, just to come back down through another rail line to Koyasan station. This was ludicrous to us, so we asked the front desk and were completely perplexed when they told us the same thing. There was a charter bus that left from a nearby hotel, but we would have had to have booked it 24 hours in advanced. Whoops.. so off we went to Osaka to then just come back down via the Koyasan railway. It took two hours in total before we arrived in front of a cable car that would take us straight up the mountain. As a side note, I was baffled by how an efficient country like Japan didn't have an easier way to get to Koyasan and sure enough I found a more direct route later which we used to get home that night. Both the phone and front desk had given us the most direct route to Koysan but not fastest. Blargh.
|From the top looking down. @_@|
|Okunoin. One of my new favorite places in Japan.|
|View from the Top|
|How long has he been here?|
I've always loved the atmosphere one can find in Japan. It's unlike any other place that I've been. Whenever I find myself in a shrine or temple, there is noticeable stillness and quiet that brings peace to my usually restless mind. These first couple of months living in Japan had not been such a smooth transition, but this trip reminded me of why I waited so long and worked so hard to get here.
|A Tranquil Moment|
On the way home we stopped in Osaka for dinner and little known to me, the best, most serendipitous act since I've been in Japan was yet to come...