May 29, 2011


May 29, 2011
This is almost the end of May. Although we didn't have enough time to enjoy warm spring days, the rainy season has set in. And, oh my!! A big typhoon is approaching to Japan. Now that, as of May 29 morning,the typhoon Songda is about 100 kilometers northeast of Yakushima, and approaching to Japan's main island at 55 kilometers an hour. Due to the approach of the typhoonⅡ, or Songda, the weather today is getting stormy.
Here are the warnings annouced officially this morning in Wakayama area.
* Heavy rain warning
* Flood warning
* High wind warning
* High seas warning

It is raining in Koyasan, but not windy so far.

May 1, 2011

Cherry Blossoms Are At Their Best

About 2 weeks ago, cherry blossoms in Koyasan looked like this and still it sometimes snowed.

But finally spring has come to Koyasan.
Unfortunately the weather forecast for today was not welcome as the holiday but the weather today was pretty busy to change all the time, sunny, cloudy suddenly stormy rain and windy.

Drooping cherry trees in front of Kongobuji look heavy but proud with lots of blossoms.

Many couples and families took pictures in front of cherry blossoms.
I'm sure cherry blossoms console and cheer people depressed these days and give energy for us to encourage people suffering from Tohoku Earthquake.

The last picture is famous as KASAZAKURA, umbrella shaped cherry tree which is said to be more than 400 years old. Toyotomi Hideyoshi praised and cherrished this cherry blossoms and left his Haiku poem.
"Ages pass, even an old tee has blossoms at their best in Koyasan."

(by KQ)

VIC -Even Closer to Help You-

Our VIC(Visitor Information Center) office is in Daishi Kyokai which is near Kongobuji, the head temple of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism, on the west across from the big parking lot.
But still not many tourists can't recognize what it is like.
This is the picture of the entrance of Daishi Kyokai. Please come inside.
From outside, it looked darker but please do not hesitate to come in.

Then you'll see the friendly symbolic character "KOYA-KUN". Please take the right hand entrance, you'll see our counter.

You can see warm-welcoming smile of our staff member on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April to November. (From December to March, only on Wedmesdays and Fridays. Sorry for your inconvenience.) Unless you're lucky enough coming on the day we're not open, you can also contact us on either 090-1486-2588 or 090-3263-5184.

(by KQ)