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The old cemetery is one of the most important attractions of Koyasan, Wakayama prefecture, not far from Osaka. It is one of the oldest in thec world and there are at least 200.000 tombs of ancient and modern VIPs: samurai and tycoons, shogoons and saints. Coming there early in the morning was a very exiting experience: a mysterious and mystic atmosphere wrap this place, increased by the mist often present in that mountain area.

The famous priest Kobo Daishi, one of the most revered figures in Japanese history, later called Kukai, who founded a religious community there in 819, was first buried there. He introduced Shingon Buddhism, an esoteric form of Buddhism, to Japan. He still spleeps there, in his mausoleum, not dead, according the tradition, but deep in meditation awaiting the coming of the Buddha of the Future: then, twice a day monks bring him food.

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