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Wakayama: Kongobu-ji Temple

Located in Mt. Kōya / Koyasan, Wakayama Prefecture in Japan, Kongōbu-ji Temple (金剛峯寺is the headquarters of the Koyasan Shingon-shu Buddhism.

The name Kongōbu-ji was originally intended to refer to all of Mt. Kōya and its many sub-temples. The name kongubu actually means Vajra Peak. It is a term found in the title of a Buddhist sutra. 
Bridge and gate going to the temple
The Rokuji-no-Kane Bell
The old gate of the temple vicinity
Rates to enter the temple (and other important destination in Mt. Koya)
Shoro (Belltower)
Check out that large tree trunk inside the Ohiroma Room
Checking out the frozen garden
The cranes painted by Kano Tanyu

Mr. Toshi showing us the different rooms of the temple
The halls of the temple
The original temple built on the site of the present day temple was built in 1593. It memorialized Toyotomi Hideyoshi's mother. It was rebuilt into two temples in 1863. Later on those two temples, Kozanji Temple and Seiganji Temple were combined and was renamed, Kongōbu-ji Temple.

Here are some of our experiences in the temple:
The former reception hall for the emperor or Shoin Jodan no Ma
The mausoleum of Bishop Shinzen
The old kitchen of the temple.
Guess what these are...
More antique kitchen stuff in the temple
The temple consists of the following buildings: Great Main Hall, Betsuden, Shinbetsuden, Okuden, Shinshoin, Tea Room, Bell Tower, Dento Kokushi Mausoleum, and the Fire Offering Hall.

Ella enjoying the snow at the temple vicinity
The Takano-kun mascot of Mt. Koya

I visited Kongōbu-ji Temple with my family during our road trip to Mt. Kōya on the 22nd day of our stay in Japan. Although the temple is not as grand as the temples that we visited in Kyoto and Nara Prefectures, Kongōbu-ji Temple is equal in terms of religious and historical value. No wonder, Mt. Kōya (its temples, sub-temples, and graveyard) was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Getting there:

Ride the Nankai Electric Railway from Namba Station in Osaka to Gokurakubashi Station at the base of the mountain. Then ride a cable car going up the mountain. You could also drive up the mountain, however, take note that your tires should be able to run through slippery roads especially in the winter season.

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  1. Well written, detailed entry. Great photographs, too!


    1. Thanks a lot bro! More power to your blog!

    2. Support. Very good photos. Especially snow :) in Thailnd as you know never have snow :(

    3. Thank you so much for the positive feedback. You have beautiful temples in Thailand. I would love to visit your country someday.

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