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Kinpusenji Temple, Yoshino-cho

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Historic Site Religious Site
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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  • Not overcrowded as similarly beautiful temples. Very beautiful setting, worth every step up the hill.  more »
  • Yoshino is famous for cherry blossom viewing. My wife and I went to Yoshino just for this reason. Kinpusenji is the first temple and maybe the biggest temple that you meet when you walk Yoshino after ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful temple on mt Yoshino, one of many along the temple pilgrimage route. Of all the shrines and temples we visited along the route it is the most lovely, the huge grounds surrounding i...  more »
  • How Beautiful!!
  • Nice view
  • Enormous wooden shrine with thatched roof and giant blue demons inside waiting for you - what's not to love?
  • Great !
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