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Kongobuji Temple

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Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 736-56-2011
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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worth seeing for the largest rock garden in Japan

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Annemasse, France
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Annemasse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

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Tweed Heads, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

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 

Thank singinggigi
Pasadena, California
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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 

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Sara Buri, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 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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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Must visit if you are in koyasan it is the Head Temple of Shigon Buddhisam . newly built as caught with the fire few years back but still you feel relaxed being in the atmosphere .

Thank MANU1318

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