Kukai was born in the province of Sanuki (Kagawa). He was the third son of a Buddhist family. At 15 he went to Kyoto. Later, at the University where he studied the history and the Chinese classics. Discouraged by the formal education he was receiving, he decided to devote his time to prayer and study of esoteric Buddhism.
After 2 years in China, in 816, Kukai went to the mountain of Koya and began construction of a center of esoteric Buddhism.
Today Koyasan is a sacred area consists of numerous temples and pagodas that receive visitors and believers from around the world. In 2004 it was named UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a place of pilgrimage for thousands of believers.
Koyasan is worth visiting and staying in one of his temples that offer Shukubo (accommodation).
Here time has stopped, we can enjoy the ancient traditions of Japanese religious life and forget the present. The monks invite you to participate in prayer and enjoy the food prepared vegetarian, shojin-ryori, served by the younger monks.
In most Shukubo only Japanese is spoken. However, Rengejo-in, in one of is spoken. However, in Rengejo-in, one of the first templesyou can find when entering Koyasan, also English is spoken.
of their deceased relatives near the tomb of Kobo Daishi to be near him when he wakes up in order to among the first when Kukai and Buddha return to the world.
After crossing the bridge Ichi-no-hashi you enter the cemeteryby a cobblestone road. Among the most interesting graves and monumentsthere is a monument to the White Ant built by a company of pesticides in repentance for the tiny insects killed. A spacecraft in honor of an astronaut, and of course the Toro-do that is the main building with the mausoleum of Kukai.