Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) August 22, 2013
The short but fascinating two-day, one-night tour begins with a scenic scaling of the majestic Mt. Koya using the local train and cable car network, passing through, around and over the sublime mountainside scenery. Once atop the 900m-high peak, travelers will be met by their local Backyard Travel guide who will then escort them around the occasionally eerie and always strikingly beautiful Japanese mountain.
The local expert Backyard Travel guide will then escort travelers around the key sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Site such as Kongobunji Temple, the most important temple of Shingon Buddhism. The temple is also home to the Garan Temple Complex which contains Japan’s largest rock garden.
The details and nuances of Buddhism will also be revealed to travelers as they move between the iconic sites before arriving at the spectacular Torodo Hall, nicknamed the Hall of Lamps due to the 10,000+ lanterns that are kept lit within the building.
For dinner (and breakfast the following morning) travelers will continue their insight into Buddhist practices with an authentic shojin-ryori dinner, prepared to a strict set of rules. After breakfast on the second day, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the monks’ morning prayers before enjoying the day at leisure until their onward journey back down the marvelous mountain.
“This fascinating short tour offers not only a look at the spectacular natural beauty of Japan, but also provides an intriguing insight into Shingon Buddhism,” said Backyard Travel’s General Manager Maeve Nolan. “Very few travelers have the chance to enjoy such a close experience with either this destination or religion, and we’re delighted to offer cultural explorers this unique opportunity.”
About Backyard Travel
Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan, and China. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit http://www.backyardtravel.com or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BackyardTravel.