Our stay in austere Koyasan was an interesting experience.  Highlights include being:

(1) treated to scrumptious vegetarian monk food but then waking up at 2am to the growling of stomachs;

(2) the late night tour of Koyasan’s cemetery with 300,000 sleeping souls which ended with us being left at the end at the mausoleum with a walk of 2km to enjoy to get to the entrance; and

(3) the almost too picturesque autumn leaves and temples,

but it was time to move on.

By way of contrast, our next visit was to Miyajima.  Just off the coast of Hiroshima.  The autumn leaves were stupendous, the dinner almost overwhelmingly and the floating torii gate of Itsukashima by day at low tide and by night at high tide something else.  Oh and breakfast was probably one of the best I’ve ever eaten.  Enough superlatives there.

Shows that life by contrast is great.  Well, at least that’s what I tell myself each time I have a bad meal.

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