World Heritage: Kongobuji Temple4.6
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
No photographs inside buildings, where they showcase paintings of people's livelihood in ancient times and also those of Buddhist significance. Wonderful paintings and I admire how they restore these ancient ink paintings in great detail. You can rent the English audio guide at the town's tourist information centre. Only Japanese descriptions of the paintings on site. This is a huge temple with a lovely zen garden. Must visit in Koyasan.
5.02 months ago
I felt very honored to stay here. Not only did the monks allow us into their home and place of worship, but they served us the same meals they eat, and allowed us to participate in a traditional sunrise meditation. I cant thank the monks enough for allowing us to participate in this beautiful culture, and it was an experience I will never forget. I cant describe this place, it's an experience you must have for yourself.
5.05 months 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.
4.0a week ago
Lovely, I particularly enjoyed the set of 10 rooms with painted doors that depict and narrate the journey of Dashi Kukai (the local Buddha) to Xian in 9th century. Lovely gardens, large rock garden and tea room with complimentary green tea and space to sit on tatami mats and relax.
5.0a month ago
Cool temple with a lot of history. Having a guide is helpful.