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Kongobu-ji Temple, Koya-cho

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Constructed in 1593, Kongobu-ji Temple forms part of World Heritage Site and boasts one of the largest rock gardens in Japan. Take your shoes off and walk through the Ohiroma Room, used for important rituals and ceremonies, then sip some hot tea in the large tatami hall. From there, you can access the sprawling garden, featuring a centerpiece of 140 granite stones arranged in the shape of two dragons. Finish your visit in the kitchen, where enormous kamado stoves regularly cook for up to 2,000 people. Arrange to visit Kongobu-ji Temple and other attractions in Koya-cho using our Koya-cho trip generator.
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  • A stunning array of buildings and a lovely rock garden. Large number of monks going about there daily activities which made it even more atmospheric. Would certainly recommend.  more »
  • Main temple in Koyasan. Large complex with impressive sliding doors (intricately painted) and a very large rock garden. One of the best temples in Koyasan to visit.  more »
  • There is a beautiful rock garden, surely the biggest I have seen. The temple is huge and gorgeous and is the centre of Shingon buddhism in Japan.  more »