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Kongobu-ji Temple

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The one to see

There are lots of temples in Koyasan but this looked the most impressive and informative. The silk... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Another nice temple

One could say that once you have visited one that's enough but we found all the temples in Japan... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
richard g
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132 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun 648-0211, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 736-56-2011
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are lots of temples in Koyasan but this looked the most impressive and informative. The silk paintings in the room made it like viewing and art gallery. The made room (I’m sure it has a special name) you can sit down to meditate. A...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One could say that once you have visited one that's enough but we found all the temples in Japan relaxing and peaceful to visit. In Koyasan we did all the main attractions, temples etc. To review them all would a bit pointless but we could...More

Thank richard g
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

This temple complex is original in its architecture .there is exhibits about religious utensils, dreesing,cloths,instruments along yhe walkway. the zen rock garden on the temple ground is also wonderful.let take time to inspire about fate of japanese people to buddhism.

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Reviewed 26 July 2018

Buddhism is one of the main religions in Japan, the other being Shinto. Kobo Daishi was the person who crossed the sea to China in search of Buddhist teachings. He taught what is known as Shingon Buddhism in Japan. This temple is the headquarters of...More

Thank STAN49_12
Reviewed 25 May 2018

Lovely rock garden - although not quite as well maintained as some of the ones in Kyoto. Beautiful rooms within the building. I also saw some monks at work, which was nice. Very calm place.

Thank fartoomanyusers
Reviewed 5 May 2018

Theoretically, all the temples on Mt. Koya can be claimed to be one Kongobu-ji Temple. Basically, all the other temples here is called xxx-in Temple, which means they are branch temples in one big temple. Today, however, Kongobu-ji Temple refers to the temple you can...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018

This was the first temple I had been in so it was all new to me. The Japanese are so precise and the raking is a marvel. I wonder how they back out of the raking zone? Worth the visit.

Thank Dianne R
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

We visited at 8.30am so avoided the tours and were able to enjoy this massive temple with all its history.

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

A very old and beautiful Temple. Large grounds that house the Temple and out buildings make for a perfect setting. About an hour and you'll have been able to enjoy this treasure .

Thank Perry H
Reviewed 4 April 2018

One is tempted to bypass this temple when visiting Koyasan and spend ones time at the cemetery. If you have 45 minutes, I would recommend a visit. Beautiful painted screens and an amazing stone garden, the largest in Japan.

Thank Doug B
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James C
29 October 2017|
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Response from Nonnapn | Reviewed this property |
You can get a goshuin but I am not sure about a wooden version. Did you mean an ema, those wooden plaques? I do not remember seeing those too.