I made my first trip to Koyasan, the sacred place for Shingon Sect of Buddhism in Japan. It is in Wakayama Prefecture and was founded over 1,200 years ago by Kūkai. From Namba Station in Osaka, it takes an express train and a cable car ride to Koyasan Station - approximately 1 hour 30 min.

The cable car to Koyasan.

From there, it took about 15 min. taxi ride to get to our Shukubo, or Lodging Temple. I stayed at Henjôkô-in.

A beautiful garden at Henjoko-in.

The entrance to the Kongōbuji, the main Buddhist temple in Koyasan.

A beautiful rock garden of Kongobuji - it is one of the largest in Japan.

Konpon Daito, the spiritual symbol of Shingon Sect.

Leaves of maple have changed color.