Okunoin and Danjo Garan are considered the
most sacred areas of Koyasan.
The name Garan is derived from Sanskrit, and means a quiet and secluded place where Buddhist monks may train.
The Garan is where Kobo Daishi actually began construction himself in the early years of Koyasanfs history.
In 819 the guards, Niutsuhime and Karibamyojin were enshrined here.
In addition the construction of Great Stupa, the golden hall and many other buildings had begun during Kobo Daishfs lifetime.
The path leading to the Danjo Garan from the east is illuminated at night, and in autumn the maple leaves here are beautiful.