Kongobu-ji Temple, Koya-cho

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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. Add Kongobu-ji Temple to your Koya-cho travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Koya-cho trip builder tool .
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  • This place we had was under the label "must." It is not so ancient monastery, its history begins in 1593. Toyota Hideesi gave him a home made for construction, dedicating it to his dead mother. It was later merged with a neighboring temple and reorganized into the main temple of Shingon Buddhism, founded by Kobo Daishi in 805. The entrance here is paid. You have to take off your shoes and put it on a special rack, where after inspection you can pick it up. The inspection of the monastery begins from the hall of Ohirom, which was used for important rituals and religious ceremonies. The gilded sliding doors of the room are decorated with cranes. Next to Ohiroma's room are plum and and ywaran rooms, named after paintings on their sliding doors. Here, in the room, on the don, Toetomi Hidetsugu, Khdeesi's nephew committed ritual suicide on the orders of his good uncle. Then a long corridor leads to the newly built wing of the temple complex, where we poured...
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  • Originally built in 1593, then rebuilt in 1861, contains a stone garden being the largest in Japan (2349 m2)
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