This morning, you rise early with the monks to witness morning ceremonies. After breakfast at the monastery, you visit Okuno-in Temple, Kukai’s final resting place. It is an impressive structure, a fitting memorial to the man who founded one of the most influential Buddhist sects in Japan. After a shojin ryori lunch, you travel by train to Kyoto.
Kyoto was Japan’s capital for over 1,000 years. Hosting over 2,000 temple and shrines, they are perfectly preserved, making Kyoto a city that is a blend of both past and present. After arriving in the late afternoon, you are free to spend the rest of the day exploring. Dinner this evening is on your own.