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Sleep Among the Monks
My travel to Ekoin in Mount Koya (Koyasan) entails riding two JRL trains, a subway, a local train, a cable car and a bus.

The bus deposits at Ekoin, a 1,000-year old Buddhist Temple. Ekoin is one of approximately 50 temples offering lodging (skukubo) to tourists.

My room at Ekoin is sparse but it offers a fantastic view of the sunny garden. I have just enough time in the afternoon to walk Okunoin, Mount Koya's most sacred site and home to a spectacular cemetery.

Vegetarian inner is served in my room at the early hour of 5:30. The food is so-so, but the monks do provide beer upon request. Afterwards, I play around on the internet (yes, there's wifi up here) and go to bed early because there's not much else to do.

At 6:30 the next morning I join my fellow guests to observe the daily prayer service. Afterwards we follow the monks next door to the daily Goma fire ritual.

497 Koyasan, 高野町 Kōya, Ito District, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0211, Japan
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