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Kongobuji Temple

Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Koya-cho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Lennox Head, Australia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
68 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The most prestigious temple in Koyasan and well worth the price of admission. The rooms are defined by beautiful painted screens and tales of famous warriors. The most exquisite rock garden, the largest in Japan, stretches around the buildings reserved for royalty. There are quiet places to contemplate the garden and forest beyond. There is a working kitchen which still... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It is the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism. Admission 500 yen from 8.30am -5pm Get to see the main hall and the other rooms. Particularly like the paintings on the window screens. The rock garden is interesting and nice. Sheer , brilliant arrangement of rocks and pebbles.

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Kamakura, Japan
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

..and by definition I guess that means it's also the biggest in the world ;) Really worth paying to go in to see the rock garden otherwise it's just another temple. At the moment they have a special night session from 6.30pm-8pm. We went at night and for a few moments really enjoyed the tranquility of the silent dark air... More

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Guadalajara, Mexico
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The paintings and gardens are spectacular. They offer tea ceremony not very ceremonial, but still a nice experience. If you're very into meditation you can catch it with monks, you just need to ask (and pay, I believe). A great temple, most of our visit there were a few other tourists whom I didn't find very pleasant to be with,... More

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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

It's very touristy and crowded for the most part, but the place has so many rooms that witnessed lots of Japanese history simply nice to look at, and offers "Azekan (meditation)". I believe, it's offered in English as well.

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167 reviews 167 reviews
53 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

There a many possible visits in Koyasan but I rate this one as most important. I loved the painted screens, the wonderful garden and especially the old kitchen area.

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Brunei Darussalam
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

After visiting Kyoto, I was kind of tired of entering temples. But this temple stands out (probably because it was snowing when I went there), they served complimentary tea and traditional crackers. What's probably more interesting about the temple itself is the rock garden and the history behind koyasan that was depicted on paintings on one section of the temple.... More

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San Francisco, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

After a few days temples in Japan tend to run together. This one stood out for the beautiful rock garden. Another highlight was the tea & cracker break. The crackers were really yummy.

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London, United Kingdom
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173 reviews 173 reviews
170 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

A must see for the worlds best rock garden! The temple itself isn't very impressive, but the rock garden is very stunning.

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new york city
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26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The main temple is surrounded by rock gardens. Inside there are historic screen paintings, carved wood panels and a tea room.

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