A few of us are planning on a trip to historic Koyasan Shingon Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo for the 10am New Years Day celebration.
Those who want to carpool can meet at the Pasadena School District Parking lot at Del Mar and Hudson (just west of Lake Ave). We will be leaving promptly at 9am.
Take the Pasadena 110 Freeway south to Golden State 5 Freeway. Then take the Golden State 5 freeway south, and exit at 4th Street, make a right at the bottom of the off ramp onto 4th Street heading west. You will cross the L.A. River Bridge into Little Tokyo, then make a right on Central Avenue and look for parking around Central Ave and 1st Street. I usually park in the pay garage for the Japanese Village Plaza, on Central Avenue near 1st Street, or in the pay lot at the south east corner at Central & 1st. The closest parking is at the Miyako Hotel, but it is more expensive. The temple is a short walk, about a block west on 1st Street, past the Japanese Village Plaza. Koyasan Buddhist Temple is on the south side of 1st Street between Central Avenue and San Pedro Street. Look for the small alley-way entrance between Ginza gift store, and BunKaDo gift store, across the street from Mr. Ramen.
I wear comfortable, casual-nice clothes. Seating is on folding chairs in the main temple hall. The weather can be warm or cool, so I plan on layering, as some of the activity is outside in the temple courtyard. The service is free. I usually bring about $25 to buy Omomori protection amulets and to give a donation to the temple.
Afterwards, we usually go for lunch in Little Tokyo, and do a little shopping. We will probably be back in Pasadena around 2pm.
For questions or more information, contact Jeff Albrizze [masked] [masked]