Having finished my tour of Kongobuji Temple, I started moving west through Koyasan to see more of the village and the many temples buildings within it. Autumn colors were on full display with the trees around Koyasan exploding in vibrants shades of red and yellow.
After a couple minutes of walking I arrived at the Garan, which is an area of Koyasan that is home to the village’s central temple complex. The Garan has quite a few temple halls scattered around it, as well as several pagodas. Most famous of these is the large vermillion pagoda called Konpon Daito. Photography is prohibited inside the Konpon Daito but I can tell you that it houses five large Buddhist statues that are surrounded by paintings. The statues and paintings combine to create a Buddhist metaphysical map of the cosmos.