Pilgrimage Route to Koyasan
Once Kobo Daishi (Kukai) began sitting in eternal meditation in Okuno-in, his belief spread well and people became drawn to Koyasan.
To aid their travels, they created pilgrimage roads. The main 7 routes to Koyasan were called the “Koya Nana-kuchi”. Among these seven, the pilgrimage route from Jiso-in Temple in Kudoyama Town to Daimon Gate in the western part of Koyasan is called “Koyasan Choishi-michi Route”. Wooden stupa were placed here as road signs when Kobo Daishi (Kukai) founded his temple on the mountain. The wooden stupa were replaced for stone stupa during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333).
Women were originally forbidden from entering Koyasan, so Women’s Halls were built as safe havens for women at the entrance to each of the seven routes. When female believers wanted to worship at Kobo Daishi Gobyo Mausoleum, they were said to travel between the halls around the Hachiyo-renge mountains.
*The mountain range around Koyasan is inhabited by bears, so please be careful.