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Kongobuji Temple

Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
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Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Koya-cho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Honolulu
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261 reviews 261 reviews
81 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Hideyoshi Toyotomi built this place in the 1590’s, dedicated to his mother. There is a 500-yen entrance fee to see paintings and a large rock garden. I just passed through the front – attached are some photos.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I loved the peace of spirit you feel when you step in. Every temple is different from the previous one. Só it s a never ending discovery

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Kobe, Japan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Kongobuji is a massive main temple and a large complex of buildings that is the headquarters of the Shingon Buddhist sect. The tour route winds around many sections of the buildings and the mixture of well translated signage and the Koya-san audio guide given the visitor a full explanation of what's displayed, though at times the audio guide isn't well... More 

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Lennox Head, Australia
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68 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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16 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
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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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22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Canberra
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134 helpful votes 134 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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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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