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Kinpusenji Temple, Yoshino-cho
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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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  • Located near the parking lot. Amazing holiday but was hungry! Excellent in the clear air.
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  • Not overcrowded as similarly beautiful temples. Very beautiful setting, worth every step up the hill. 
  • It was out of season, so many others are easy pray. With spectacular views of the mountains from the temple seen full body, appearance and internal water 0/2019 was written large repair construction plans, so it becomes still ahead, but is very good. Road location is Sana.
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