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Negoro-ji, Iwade

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The Negoro-ji complex of Buddhist temples stands on the side of, and is surrounded by, the sacred peaks of the Katsuragi Mountains, which dominate the horizon at the northern end of the city of Iwade, Wakayama in Japan.HistoryIn 1087, a man named En no Gyōja established this area as a center for promoting Buddhism. Hōfuku-ji, as it was originally called, was built with the contributions of a devotee known as Hōfuku-Chōja who lived in the vicinity. In 1132, the Ex-Emperor Toba donated this temple, along with nearby manors, to the famous high priest Kōgyō Daishi; this new estate was called Ichijō-zan Daidenpon Negoro-ji. Kōgyō-Daishi, widely renowned as the restorer of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, moved here with his pupils, from Mount Kōya. After settling at Negoro-ji, Kōgyō-Daishi laid out his far-sighted plans and initiated the construction of the Enmyō-ji and Jingū-ji within the Negoro-ji temple grounds. Even after his death, in 1143, the Negoro-ji complex was influential and prosperous as the head seminary for Shingi sect of Shingon Buddhism for another 200 years or so. During the height of its influence in the late Muromachi period, about 2700 temples stood on the mountainside in the spacious grounds of Negoro-ji.In 1585 however, every building except the main pagoda, and a few others, were burnt down during the Siege of Negoro-ji by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who feared the growing military power of the priesthood and the Negoro-gumi, warrior monks of the temple, who were skilled in the use of firearms. In 1623, the head of the Kii branch of the Tokugawa feudal clan, Tokugawa Yorinobu, initiated the reconstruction of the temple grounds, and through numerous re-buildings over many decades during the Edo period, the Negoro-ji was completely transformed.
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  • May 28, 2017
    Pokemon protection also to us that France is having. To ignore the shrines that only the idiots there. Religious institutions, so learning the wisdom of ancestors, history to bear, such as Hideyoshi's troops while canapes. Is an attraction, but don't forget a feeling of reverence. People bring their dogs, I was surprised.
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  • April 13, 2017
    Is a visit to a one-year swing in the Temple have come, Dou also Tower within the garden is great. Today for the first time came during cherry blossom season... the scenery was. Is going to enter here to pay for the parking lot is full. It is very famous for cherry blossoms in this area. Fees levied, unlike last year, before the compound daishido was conventional, but in from the parking lot today and was turned away. I had a cherry blossom to stand 10 minutes at the parking lot to the ground could not free! I have said that I.
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  • January 17, 2017
    Never saw a tower-shaped, its Foundation, is the good faith of the region from ancient times to see Moss mossy grave monument in the 1940s to war in the middle of the road and fallen well everything looked nice. Thank you very much
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  • June 7, 2017
    National treasure two-storied pagoda into the internal preview out can be very great! To keep cultural goods and visited. I think is not equipped as tourist destinations, low at the time, very good. Young you are chanting sutras at the main hall, were trained. You properly justice "to Elo" and for almost all greetings, very nice.
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  • May 31, 2017
    Negoro-ji Temple recently, admission fees are as is, unfortunately, but worth is there. In the main hall, when Hideyoshi rusty gun bullet remains so. Feral, previously had better relief cats is now I don't see it. It is the season of cherry blossoms in spring, foliage season is good.
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  • May 3, 2017
    EPIC Temple also called red shadow generation was, negoro Ninja = bad, but negoro Castle was overwhelmed. Indeed, OTO was similar and Koyasan, Shingon Buddhism. Is not very tourist oriented in a good
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  • July 2, 2017
    I heard cherry blossoms. To arrive at the parking lot was jammed. Cherry blossoms are really beautiful places.
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  • June 10, 2017
    This is negoro fault! Along the road in front of the negoro Temple dissected continues to the Valley. This road on your right (South, kinokawa) outer zone of Southwest Japan, left (North, negoro-ji Temple) in the inner zone of Southwest Japan. DOH is inspiring landscape.
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