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Kōyasan

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Kudoyama – The World Heritage Town and Sanada Yukimura’s Confinement

Kōyasan, one of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range (紀伊山地の霊場と参詣道) that was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2004, is a popular destination for tourists. For those who are interested in samurai history, you will want to extend your visit to Kudoyama Town (九度山町) at the foot of the …

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Kongōbuji – The Head Temple of Japan’s Shingon Buddhism

Kōyasan Kongōbuji (高野山真言宗総本山金剛峯寺), opposite Danjō Garan, is the headquarters of the Shingon sect in Japan. The temple has a large precinct that houses many buildings that are lavishly and beautifully designed. Besides the gorgeous paintings on fusuma doors and Buddha statues, Kongōbuji is best known for its Banryūtei Garden. This largest rock garden in Japan …

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Danjō Garan – The Most Sacred Training Ground in Kōyasan

In 816, Emperor Saga (嵯峨天皇) bestowed the land of Kōyasan to the revered monk, Kūkai (空海), also known as Kōbō Daishi (弘法大師), for the constructions of Shingon Buddhism’s (真言宗) monastery. He devoted all his energy to building the towers and halls on the high ground to express the world depicted in the Womb Realm Mandala (胎蔵曼荼羅). …

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Kongō Sanmai-in – One of the Best Shokubō Temples in Kōyasan

Whether you are planning a day trip to Kōyasan or want to spend a night in the sacred mountain, Kongō Sanmai-in should be on your itinerary. The temple that has multiple important national cultural properties and national treasures is a spot that shouldn’t be overlooked!