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Kinpusenji Temple, Yoshino-cho

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Historic Site Landmark
Explore the second largest wooden structure in Japan at Kinpusenji Temple. Also known as "the temple of golden peaks," the site was established in the mid-seventh century by En no Gyoja, the founder of the Shugendo Mountain Ascetic sect of Buddhism, and remains the Shugendo headquarters today. Of note here are the Zao Gongen, the main idols of worship in the faith, aged at over 1300 years old and standing up to 7 m (23 ft) in height. The statues are so sacred they are only displayed twice a year, during spring and autumn. Look out for smaller examples of the statues around the site, and in photographs in the brochure. Make Kinpusenji Temple a part of your Yoshino-cho vacation plans using our Yoshino-cho vacation planner.
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  • Happened to visit it was specially admission period (unzipped). I could see Kongo ZAO Kings Dominion development you can't see, just around the corner,. Later told him that worship had wanted to do this the normal admission route is limited in time but can't, timely, could travel. Since early April cherry blossom a week ago told yet bloomed cherry blossoms.
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  • Visited kinpusen-JI was February, so naturally that cherry still failed. In the Southern dynasties has been speaking of Yoshino. And in the center of Shugendo, Garan ZAO-do and two gates, which is great. ZAO-do ZAO gongen is usually Japanese, is occasionally open to the public also seems to have been.
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  • ZAO-do located in yoshinoyama, Nara Prefecture. Anyway will be overwhelmed by large wooden or (largest great Buddha of Todai-ji Temple). It seems to Temple worship the present at the heart of the mountains. Other attractions including Deva, copper Torii gate and the Bell Tower.
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  • How Beautiful!!
  • Enormous wooden shrine with thatched roof and giant blue demons inside waiting for you - what's not to love?
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