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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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Phone Number: +81 736-56-2011
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Most serene gardens

This temple has one of the most serene gardens I have ever seen. use panoramic photos feature in your photo app to get an amazing memory of this scenic place. We spent an hour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Zana M
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple has one of the most serene gardens I have ever seen. use panoramic photos feature in your photo app to get an amazing memory of this scenic place. We spent an hour just sitting and enjoying the feel of the garden.

Thank Zana M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is one of a kind. I have been in other temples but this is my favorite. It made me want to stay inside as it is full of beauty and calmness. Made me feel like a princess while walking on the very old wooden floors.

Thank Anna Melissa C
Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kangobuji is the main temple of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism but it is only a part of what makes Koyasan such a great place to visit. If you are fortunate enough to visit during a ceremony you are in for a special give of lavish robes and century's old pageant.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 78 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 32 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.

Thank shadowlove
Atsugi, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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.

Thank VirendraYadav-2014
Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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.

Thank 429Happy
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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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 

Thank FengYJ

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