Kongobuji Temple

Sightseeing information about Kongobuji Temple in Japan.


World Heritage: Kongobuji Temple4.6

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Originally built in the late 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, this temple was later merged with another temple in Koyasan to become the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. The most of present structures date back to the 19th century, but the main hall has gilded sliding doors painted by the 16-century master Kano Tanyu.

The 26m-high vermilion gate stands imposingly to welcome you to the precincts, and the Banryutei rock garden is the largest of its kind in Japan. There is a 2km-long approach leading to the mausoleum of the sect founder, Kukai, is lined with cypress trees to take on a majestic atmosphere. There are hundreds of thousands tombs, including those of warlords and modern-time celebrities, are located alongside this approach.

Purposeelderly,nature,mountain climbing,knows a lot about Japan,mysterious lands of Japan,art,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Kansai International Airport (about 39.8km) Google Transit

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5.0a month ago

This really has everything you could possibly want to see in a traditional Japanese building. The highlights for me were the hand painted sliding door panels which are different in each room.There are signs that explain the stories behind the paintings.

There is also an extensive rock and raked sand garden that envelopes the building as well as a traditional green botanical garden.

5.03 months ago

A very beautiful place to go and see Japanese architecture at its finest. These temples are so amazing and the beautiful colour is awe inspiring.
When entering the temples don't forget to take off your shoes.
You can also get tokens for luck as well as monks to sign your book if you want.
I loved being here.

5.0in the last week

The garden was really calming to look at, especially in the rain, just gazing out towards the huge garden while enjoying the cool weather of Koyasan, which is a far cry from the weather in the rest of the popular tourist destinations during summer. The temple also offers free Matcha Tea, as well as a small biscuit while you sit in the big hall, which is used to host monks.

5.0a month ago

Amazing place with a lot of Japanese history. You can get a Koyasan free app with the town free WiFi and listen to some really interesting audio guides about Kongobuji. Short and concise, not boring at all. FYI it has the biggest rock garden in Japan and it’s a true zen beauty.

5.0a month ago

This temple complex is one of my favorites in Koyasan. The landscaping is just stunning and the entire complex offers some outstanding views, that will stick in your mind, long time after you have returned home.

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