This is a festival celebrating the birth of Kobo Daishi (Kukai) on June 15. The name “Aoba” means “green leaves,” which is appropriately used to name the festival held at a time of new leaves. On this day, Koyasan is a truly Buddhist-centered town, with citizens and worshippers spreading out on the roads performing the …
On the evening of August 13, about 100,000 candles are placed along the approach from Ichi-no-hashi Bridge to Kobo Daishi (Kukai)’s Mausoleum, lighting up the nearly 2km long road. This festival is held to pray for the souls of ancestors resting in Okuno-in. The candle light flickering in this sacred site creates a fantastic ambiance.