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.
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Airport/Sta.Kansai International Airport (about 39.8km) Google Transit
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5.0in the last week
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.
5.03 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.
5.03 weeks ago
Wow wow wow!!! Gardens are spectacular! Mesmerizing experience, peaceful and silent space
5.05 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.
5.02 months ago
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.