You may see a lot of stone lanterns in Japan, particularly temples and shrines. This stone lantern is supposed to illuminate the cemetery on the Buddhist mountain, Koyasan. Koyasan 高野山 is a sacred mountain in Japan with a long history in Buddism. There are hundreds of temples among which some offer accomodation for travellers. You can get a taste of the life of the monk, the philosophy of Buddism, as well as the meditation training.