The entrance to the tomb of a feudal lord. With its own torii (gate) it feels like you are entering the actual tomb—quite a weird feeling I have to admit. It must be a very old site, especially the torii is showing clear signs of aging.  (Photo: Nicole Bauer)

Japan's Most Beautiful Graveyard

Awe-inspiring walk through Okunoin at Koyasan

Nicole Bauer   - 1 min read

I had never paid particular attention to graveyards—until I went to Japan. I am not sure what it is, but I really like them. Okunoin at Koyasan is surely the most impressive cemetery I have ever seen. With over 200,000 tombstones spread along an almost 2 km long path, in the middle of a dense forest, it is the largest graveyard in Japan and probably the most important one. Go early in the morning, before everybody else goes, to soak up the mystic atmosphere. The photos are just a selection of my favorite spots, and I hope they inspire you as much as they inspired me.

Nicole Bauer

Nicole Bauer @nicole.bauer

Travelling abroad to discover new places, getting to know different cultures and learning foreign languages has always been my passion. I was born and raised in Germany; however, for a few years now I've been very lucky to be able to spend my life abroad. I lived for some time in England and Ital...