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Address: Yoshinoyama, Yoshino-gun, Yoshino-cho 639-3115, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 746-32-8371
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This is a beautiful temple on mt Yoshino, one of many along the temple pilgrimage route. Of all the shrines and temples we visited along the route it is the most lovely, the huge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 25, 2015
Wennie W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This is a beautiful temple on mt Yoshino, one of many along the temple pilgrimage route. Of all the shrines and temples we visited along the route it is the most lovely, the huge grounds surrounding it also particularly scenic. This temple is very old and gives off a powerful vibe particularly for the religious, not to be missed.

Thank Wennie W
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

We only visited the Zao-do Hall and a few smaller temples this time, not the entire Kinpusen-ji Temple complex. The Zao-do Hall is the main and largest building among the many temple buildings that make up the Kinpusen-ji Temple complex in the Yoshino Mountain region. The huge wooden hall is where the main deity of the Shugendo Sect is enshrined... More 

Thank Chuzaa
Nara, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

"In Buddhism we strive to achieve enlightenment," the head monk of Kinpusenji informed the crowd that had remained after the morning service. "In the Shugendo Way practiced here at Kinpusenji and in Yoshino, we believe that in order to do that one must train their body and soul in the mountains. One must hike and walk to overcome the challenges... More 

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Seto, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It was a good timing to visit a small village in Nara to see thousands of blooming cherry blossom (Sakura in Japanese) and the three blue Buddhas. The Buddhas have been hidden for hundreds years, but they are exhibited temporary to the public from March to May for next coming 10 years...to collect enough budget to reconstruct temple buildings. Big... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Kinpusenji, the main temple in Yoshino, is described as the second largest wooden structure in Japan, after Todaiji in Nara. 2014 was the 10th anniversary of its being granted Unesco World Heritage designation. There is no photography allowed inside the main hall and since we were visiting Yoshino to see sakura and not temples per se, we did not pay... More 

1 Thank hfot2
Demarest, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This temple is majestic and historic on a grand scale. I did not expect to find such a beautiful temple in such a rural part of Nara. I strongly recommend that everyone visits this site, especially in the spring.

1 Thank Micchan T
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Great place in Yoshino. It's the center of the town a real magic place to wonder in the morning. You can either go either in the spring or the fall to see the magic of the nature and the change of the trees. Simply outstanding. The people is also great. Lots of patience and always willing to help. English is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

You can see different types of sakura around the mountain other than white sakura in the city. You can take a bus to the middle of mountain and then take a cable car for coming back to train station. It is an ideal spoting for hikers.

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