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Kongobu-ji Temple

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Address: | 高野山132, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
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This temple, which apparently contains the biggest stone garden in Japan, is beautiful and full of amazing decorative details.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This temple, which apparently contains the biggest stone garden in Japan, is beautiful and full of amazing decorative details.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

The paintings in the Kongobu-ji are stunning. Interestingly, they depict not only traditional Japanese subjects – trees, plants, cranes – but also cityscapes of places in Tang China, specifically, places visited by Kukai during his years in China. The Kongobu-ji also includes a fascinating collection of mandalas and what is said to be the largest rock garden in Japan. And... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

worth taking a look at. This temple has amazing gardens and beautiful screens painted from years ago. It is peaceful, contained and worth the walk through. 45 minutes sufficed for us.

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Atsugi, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

One of the biggest and old shrine in Mount Koyasan. Just walk around and enjoy Japanese design in building such a shrine. You can visit by paying 500 yen inside the shrine as well. Over all good experience.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

One of lifes secrets. Travelled from Osaka. Do buy the special Nankai ticket to cover all transport. Trip up the mountain reminded me of tye Rockies in Canada. The temple layout and wall paintings were delightful. Well wotth a visit.

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

These century-old temples bring us back to the past. Sometimes it make us think how life was back then. Such a glorious past of faith and humility.

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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

The paintings on the inner walls of all the rooms are fabulous. The gravel representing the water wave in the Banryūtei rock garden is quite impressive. Shingon Buddhism is not exactly Japanese Zen, but for me it is full of the feeling of Zen during the visit. The visit also includes a serve of tea and snack. There are two... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

I thought this temple was one of the coolest i saw in Japan. The rock garden was really large and the temple itself was large as well.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

a large compound which feels quite empty actually. the main attraction are the paintings on the paper doors of the numerous rooms. many of them tells a story. take some time to read. it's a pity that photography is not allowed..don't understand why. along the prescribe walking path, you will come across a few zen styled landscape on the outside.... More 

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Atherton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

There are a variety of rooms to be viewed with appealing simple gardens along the way that can be viewed from the verandahs. The displays in the hall on the day we visited added another attraction. The Autumn colours were beautiful. It was so nice to see the coloured leaves in the rock gardens. Most gardens in Japan seem to... More 

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