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Kongobu-ji Temple

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Address: | 高野山132, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 736-56-2011
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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There are a variety of rooms to be viewed with appealing simple gardens along the way that can be viewed from the verandahs. The displays in the hall on the day we visited added... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
Atherton, Australia
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Atherton, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

There are a variety of rooms to be viewed with appealing simple gardens along the way that can be viewed from the verandahs. The displays in the hall on the day we visited added another attraction. The Autumn colours were beautiful. It was so nice to see the coloured leaves in the rock gardens. Most gardens in Japan seem to... More 

Thank TropicalHelen
Annemasse, France
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502 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

If you appreciate rock gardens, do not miss this place. the two old wooden gates in front are also impressive.

Thank hask74
Tweed Heads, Australia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

well preserved and worth a visit as was the mausoleum and cemetery nearby. The town itself is quite pretty unfortunately we did not have time to spend there.

Thank Mishka14
nova gorica
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73 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The temple is really nice. Don't miss the great kitchen inside is very interesting. At occasion of our visit we were offered a cup of tea and a tasty snack. There is also a small zen garden.

Thank barbara_zNovaGorica
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164 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is a beautifully maintained headquarters for the Buddhism sect originating in Koyasan. The Chumon (middle gate) had four beautifully carved Guardian Kings. Very interesting grounds and buildings, too. Well work a visit.

Thank Mercury752
Victoria, Canada
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305 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

This is the headquarters of Shingon-shu Buddhism and therefore a very important building for 4,000 branch temples throughout Japan and overseas temples and missions. The temple was added a religious centre complex in 1593 and later became Shingon's headquarters. It is famous for its 16th century screen paintings. There is also the largest rock garden in Japan.

Thank fishnguy
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Kongobuji is said to have the largest rock garden in Japan, though it is quite plain compared to one's found in Kyoto. The temple building themselves are without much note. If you've seen other rock gardens in Japan, then save your time and money and skip this one.

Thank NYCWolv
San Mateo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

The headquarter temple of Shingon Buddhism. The temple has beautiful screen doors in each room. Each room has its own theme. The ohiroma has pictures if red-crowned cranes while Yanagi no ma has willows in snow. Banryutei rock garden is the biggest in Japan with an impressive collection of 140 pieces of granite. When I visited Kongobuji, I also paid... More 

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Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a lovely temple and important, as the the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi is located just behind it, but don't miss the huge cemetery which leads up to the temple which is awe-inspiring because it has graves of ancient shoguns and officials, modern gravesite all among a beautiful cedar forest. The cemetery is magnificent in size & scope with... More 

Thank nbrownlaw
Sara Buri, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

In this temple you'll see the beautiful door painting tell the story about the journey of Kobo Daichi to china and return to Japan for established Buddhism sect Shingon. You'll see the largest Zen rock garden in Japan it's so amazing. And you'll try crispy snack with Japanese tea of course it's free!

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