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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
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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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157 reviews 157 reviews
50 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
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
168 helpful votes 168 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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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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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The grounds were pleasant - and offer opportunities for reflection/meditation. However, our group (4 local hosts & 1 overseas guest) declined the offer to pay to enter.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Main temple of Shingon sect of Buddhism in Koyasan village. Formal garden, beautiful decorations. No photography inside.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I love rock gardens and this one is the largest in Japan. It depicts two flying dragons. To get to it you pass through beautifully painted rooms that show the flowers for each season. You can read the explanations in English. There is a tea service that goes with the price of your ticket that is off to one side.... More

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