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Kongobuji Temple

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Address: Ito-gun, Koya-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
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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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Impressive from the outside

I didn't bother entering the temple as I've already seen quite a bunch. Some details of the façade of the temple though somehow reminded me of Nijo Castle. An elderly gentleman at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Makati, Philippines
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Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I didn't bother entering the temple as I've already seen quite a bunch. Some details of the façade of the temple though somehow reminded me of Nijo Castle. An elderly gentleman at the well by the entrance introduced himself as a volunteer guide and was very kind enough to provide some bits on the significance of the temple, the papers... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

It's a pretty temple to walk around and look at, especially if it happens to rain while you are on Mount Koya! The price of admission includes a cup of tea and a rice cake, which is a nice touch. The rock garden is interesting, but wasn't really my 'cup of tea'.

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Honolulu
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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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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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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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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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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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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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