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Where to Go in Koyasan

  • In the early 9th century, a young man by the name of Kukai (his posthumous title: Kobo Daishi) took the lengthy voyage to China and the equally treacherous overland voyage from coastal Fujian to the glorious capital of Chang'an. Several years after he returned to Japan, with cases loaded with Buddhist texts, he was appointed the head of Todai-ji, the main temple of Nara. As Kukai's name and teachings spread, he established a retreat on Koyasan in Wakayama. Visiting the mountain and its temples today, one follows in the footsteps of the countless pilgrims and curious travelers that have made their way to the mountain over the millenia that followed.

  • Kongobuji Head Temple

    Kongobuji Head Temple

    Kongobuji Head Temple

    Kongobuji Head Temple is the main temple in Koyasan, and the head temple of the Shingon Buddhist belief that Kukai propagated in Japan. This is one of the most revered sites in Japanese Buddhism and is visited by devotees and pilgrims in the tens of thousands on high holidays. Before entering, take in the temple’s surroundings, including the botanical garden, stunning in all four seasons. The dry Zen garden that runs alongside the temple is one of the finest—and possibly the largest—in the world.

    Kongobuji Head Temple

    Kongobuji Head Temple

    Admission is to the temple is 500 yen and tours are available. Having a guide helps to illuminate the historical background of the many artifacts collected in the temple, including the sliding fusuma panels.

  • Danjogaran Sacred Complex

    Danjogaran Sacred Complex

    Danjogaran Sacred Complex

    Close to Kongobuji, Danjogaran Sacred Complex is another of Koyasan’s major sites. It is dominated by the Great Stupa, painted a color somewhere between vibrant cinnabar and the Hugger Orange that graces late-1960s Camaros. The stupa design originates in India but this one recalls the Tang Dynasty pagodas of Chang’an. Inside the stupa, there are relics of Kobo Daishi, as well as his Chinese teacher.

  • Daishi Kyokai

    Daishi Kyokai

    Daishi Kyokai

    Daishi Kyokai serves as the administrative center of Shingon Buddhism—a facile comparison: Shingon Buddhism’s equivalent of Vatican City. In the administration building itself, visitors can practice shakyo: an opaque sheet of paper is placed over Buddhist sutras and the text is traced. The practice is a way of earning merit, and to take the extra step, the finished work can be brought to Okunoin Cemetery to receive a blessing before it is mailed to the pilgrim.

  • Tokugawake Reidai

    Tokugawake Reidai

    Tokugawake Reidai

    Tokugawake Reidai, or the Mausolea of the Tokugawas, are twin mausoleum temples built by noblemen of the Tokugawa shogunate hoping to accrue merit from their proximity to the mountain’s temples and relics. The stunning traditional architecture of the mausoleums is among the finest among the mountain’s buildings.

  • Nyonindo and Kosugimyojin Shrine

    Nyonindo and Kosugimyojin Shrine

    Nyonindo and Kosugimyojin Shrine

    Nyonindo, literally “women's hall” is the last remaining women’s hall of worship, dating from a time when female pilgrims were forbidden entry to the holiest precincts of the temple mount. Not far from the Nyonindo and the Otake Jizo statue, the Kosugimyojin Shrine venerates a pious woman and her devotion to the teachings of Kobo Daishi.

  • Okunoin Cemetery

    Okunoin Cemetery

    Okunoin Cemetery

    Okunoin Cemetery is the resting place of Kobo Daishi. Before crossing Gobyobashi Bridge into the cemetery, visitors are reminded that photographs are not allowed, a reminder that this is one of the most sacred of all the revered sites on Koyasan.

    Mt. Koya
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan
    Phone
    Kongobuji Temple
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 132
    Phone
    0736562011
    Danjo Garan Temple
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 152
    Phone
    0736562011
    Koyasan Daishikyokai Temple sutra copying and precept instruction
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 347
    Phone
    0736562015
  • Tokugawa-ke Reidai
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 682
    Phone
    0736562011
    Nyonindo
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 709
    Phone
    0736563508
    Koyasan Okunoin
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 550
    Phone
    0736562002
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