Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koya-cho

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Head to Koyasan Danjo Garan for a peaceful atmosphere in the midst of tall shady trees. Established in 816 CE, the shrine features about 20 temples, mostly reconstructions of the original buildings. Taking almost 70 years to complete from 816 CE, the complex’s oldest building, the great pagoda, has been destroyed five times, mostly by lightning strikes. Also find Kondo, which has been rebuilt six times due to being destroyed by fire during its history. It dates back to 819 CE and is used to host religious ceremonies. For Koyasan Danjo Garan and beyond, use our Koya-cho online day trip planner to get the most from your Koya-cho vacation.
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  • My heart was in tension. However, while looking at that big Statue of Buddha, I felt the peace of being held by the Buddha when I prayed. I truly thought that it was good to visit. And, it changed into the feeling of thanks to The Buddha.
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  • A little history for seeding - legend has it that Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism, threw his sankosho (these are such forks-trident in the Japanese version) from China, where he studied, to Japan. Upon his return to his homeland and in search of a place to host a temple for his new religion, he came across his sankosho, stuck in the branches of a pine tree (well in a man did not hit) on Koyasan, and began construction of Garan, the Central Temple Complex of Koyasan. The pine that caught sankosho is still growing there (although I personally have doubts). Two of Garan's most famous buildings are the Kondo Hall and the huge Conpon Daito Pagoda. Kondo is a large wooden temple hall where various religious ceremonies are held. The building has been completely destroyed several times over the centuries by fires and its current version dates back to 1932. It is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai, who in Buddhism meets the sphere of me...
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  • We wandered around the surroundings. It was a thoroughly enchanting experience. The whole place showcases the majesty of both Japanese nature, traditions and history. The entire place is like a giant bonsai garden. I couldn’t stop taking pictures
  • Danjo Garan is a sacred complex and one of the most important area in Koyasan. Literally it means "garden for monks". I came here at a perfect time for fall foliage color in late October 2016. Entering the compkex from jabara michi was an amazing experience. It is lined with tall cedar, japanese rowan and maple trees with red color foliage along the way. The complex has some important cultural heritage wooden buildings. You will encounter the real japanese world in this place.
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