As the sun was finally high in the sky, I took my way to Koyasan town. Still half a day hiking, before getting back to Osaka - and from there to Tokyo.
The time of red autumn leaves was starting right in those early days of November. I decided to walk slowly along the main road towards the other historical sites... stopping time by time, to shoot some pictures to the trees, the small houses and the curly lanes on the sides.
Koyasan is small, yet full of shrines and other monuments; I had to make a choice.
As first, I pointed straight to Kongobu-ji, the head monastery of the Shingon sect. It is famous for its endless corridors framed by decorated sliding doors, but also for the beautiful gardens (especially the one with rocks). Looking like a fortress from the outside, it includes in its walls plenty of hidden treasures: colorful halls, narrow boardwalks, laboratories, altars, plants and small crystal-clear ponds populated by tiny gold fishes.
Just a few minutes walk, and I reached another temple complex called Garan, where the main building is a majestic vermillion pagoda. I breathed the light air of the mountain, walking across red trees and temples, before getting the way to the cable car and down to the valley.