From the Garan I continued further west through Koyasan, enjoying the autumn colors as I walked along the main street of the village. Along the way I stopped at a Family Mart and got some snacks.
At the west end of Koyasan is the Daimon Gate. This is the traditional entrance to Koyasan and inside the gate are statues of guardian spirits. Off to the side of Daimon you can find a torii gate that marks the start/end of a hiking trail that runs through the mountains.
I was planning on taking a bus from the Daimon Gate to the east side of Koyasan, but I ended up just barely missing it. The next bus wouldn’t be for over half an hour, so I walked all the way across Koyasan instead. It took me about 20 minutes to reach the east end and I honestly didn’t mind since the weather was good and it allowed me to experience the autumn colors some more. At the eastern edge of Koyasan was my final bit of sightseeing in the village, which will be the subject of a post I’ll publish next week.