The end of the trek across wonderful, beautiful Japan

rail travel from Kyoto to Kyosan
It was a long journey from Kyoto to koyasan but very, very beautiful.
forest and Okunion of Mount KoyaThese trees in the Okunoin Cemetery were around 1000 yrs old and the sign behind my son says “may peace prevail on Earth” I pray for that too.
Kyosan Temple lodging gardens
Our shukubo Temple Lodgings. So lovely.
Temple Lodgings meal
Delicious vegan fare and a garden that really was breathtaking!Bashful on cablecar from kyosan
Bashful on the cable car as we go back down the mountain to Gokurakubashi station.  A station along this route for CAT LOVERS is the famous Kishi Station,  AND is home to TAMA, the very famous cat, credited with saving a town.

We finish our grand adventure by taking Bashful shopping at Osaka. Here we stocked up on gifts and souvenirs for family and friends.  I could think of no better place than Don Quijote to round off our trip.
I hope you enjoyed this trip with Bashful the rolling stone and the gentlestitches crew.  Bashful will be flying back home tomorrow and hopefully will be bringing good weather with him.

Author: gentlestitches

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44 thoughts on “The end of the trek across wonderful, beautiful Japan”

  1. What an incredible trip you had to Japan – and I am so envious that you went by the famous train station known for Tama, the cat! I loved all the stories surrounding people that traveled to visit Tama. And your Bashful is soo lucky to have shared these adventures w/ you! 🙂 GREAT post, Sharon!

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  2. It was a beautiful dream come true. We are grateful for the opportunity to be allowed into this place of peace and ancient beauty. Koyasan will remain in our hearts and minds. ❤

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  3. Reblogged this on Japan Reblogged and commented:
    Nice pictures of Koyasan. I am impressed that many people from other countries enjoy staying in Koyasan. Some Japanese, including myself, feel that the place is ‘too spiritual’. 😉 I belive spring season is one of the best time to visit Koyasan because of the not very cold weather and also there are not too many travelers. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. 1000 year old trees, what they’ve seen! I’ve loved every picture you’ve shared. Your son is a handsome young man. It sounds like all of you and Bashful had a wonderful time. Thanks for letting me peek in on your adventure!

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  5. It looks like the trip of a lifetime!!! I am so pleased you got to take your Son & Bashful of course!! That little rock is quite the jetsetter 🙂
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too xoxoxo

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  6. What a fabulous wonderful trip Bashful & all of you have had! Thank you for sharing it with us. I have always admired Japan as a country & the Japanese people for their understanding for harmony….
    Safe travels home!
    Safe trip Bashful back to Hotel Thompson.
    xo Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xo

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  7. Thank you, the trip was full of highlights but if I could only recommend one part, it would be the Temple lodging of Koyasan. I still can’t believe how simple and tranquil and yet so full of life it was. 🙂

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  8. I always admired the Japanese for their sustainable and harmonious ways of living. Your pics and narration makes me want to visit the place. Especially the temple lodge 🙂 Thanks for sharing your wonderful holiday. Learnt a lot 🙂 Wishing Bashful a safe journey back home.

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  9. Hi Pauline,
    Thank you for your questions,
    It was just shane, myself and Bashful! I organized the itinerary my self but had advice and assistance from Tom at the local Northcote Flight Center. I purchased the airplane tickets to Japan via China in Australia and got the rest of the tickets for trains and buses as needed along the way. it was a very inexpensive way of doing it. I recommend Shukubo accommodation which is very economical.

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  10. Nobody does heart-stopping serenity like the Japanese! I am intrigued by your itinerary, did you go on a guided tour with a group or was it just you and your son [and Bashful, of course]?

    These little snapshots you have posted of your stopovers are quite wonderful and make me want to pack up immediately and go visit myself. I know several young people who have lived in Japan for extended periods of time, making close friendships and falling deeply in love with the culture.

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to peek into your adventure! xoxo

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  11. Reblogged this on Pig Love and commented:
    Check out Bashful’s final journey with Auntie Sharon on their vacation. He’ll be coming back home soon 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

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  12. WOW! My little tyke had an amazing time with ya’ll! That was definitely a chance of a lifetime to make that trip with you and your family. I can’t thank you enough for showing him a great time! I’m sure he will be talking non-stop about his wonderful adventure when he gets back home here in Georgia. I’ll tell mommy to stock up on some Sake – snorts. XOXO – Bacon
    P.S. We are doing fine here in the south – we got a LOT of rain/wind and some scary moments but we are good.

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  13. I imagine it will be a wonderful shared memory for you and your son..and when he is older he will tell his children and maybe do the same thing…life is meant to be a wonderous thing! ❤

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  14. Oh Sharon, what an incredible trip for you and your son, one to remember forever. I loved all your photos and your descriptions as you took us along, thanks so much for taking us on this amazing journey with you! I’m going to be showing my daughter all your posts and I know she will love them! 🙂

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  15. What a glorious visit we had along with you Sharon and of course your lovely son and Bashful…such beauty always makes me smile and dream of tranquillity and harmony. Hugs to you Bev xxx

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  16. I wish I could Japan once, it looks beautiful. I bet Bashful enjoyed every moment, specially the wonderful food :o) btw: I hope he hadn’t to much Sake, like my mom once lol

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  17. It was all amazing and will live in my heart forever. You would enjoy the simplicity and sustainability of it too. Also I thought of you at Miraikan museum which is the museum for the future. They were not afraid to ask the big questions and I felt proud to be there. The president of the United States, Mr Obama, was there a few days later but they closed it for security reasons for him. 🙂

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