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What a magical place!

Jun 14, 2018

Koya-san ultramarathon was amazing!


Running up through the mountains and across the 8 peaks of Mt.Koya (said to resemble a lotus flower) was such a cool experience.


Mt.Koya (now a World Culture National Heritage Site and National Treasure) was founded 1200 years ago, and is established as the centre of Shingon sect esoteric Buddhist. There are no busy hotels, bars, shopping malls etc but instead there are 122 temples and beautiful nature all around. 

We stayed in a temple for two nights after the run, and had a wonderful time living like monks, and taking part in the morning ceremony and meditation in the early hours, as well as exploring the peace and tranquility of the mountain range over the whole two days. 

Taking part in the ‘jukai’ Buddhist precept ceremony was a powerful and moving experience, and one which we will never forget.


Koya-san is another absolutely incredible place in Japan, that enables you to find TRUE peace and solace in nature, without the busy, crowded streets, loud noise, neon signs, and thousands of tourists that are usually encountered in such places. 

Koya-san is the 'real deal' and is preserved  to perfection.


This is just one more example of why Japan is my favourite country in the world! :-)


I am a highly experienced professional English teacher, Yoga Instructor, Tai Chi teacher, Nutrition Consultant and Personal Trainer from London, UK. I recently left London to work and travel around Japan on a Working Holiday Visa with my best friend and longtime girlfriend Ashley (who is also a teacher on Cafetalk : https://cafetalk.com/tutors/profile/?id=54542&lang=en ). We love sharing adventures travelling, teaching, exploring and understanding new cultures. We hope to speak with you soon!

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