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WAKAYAMA – The sacred grounds of Koyasan

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Koyasan, a sacred monastic center, attracts many visitors from Japan and abroad. Faith and prayer are embedded in everyday life of the locals, and the holy site has mystical attractiveness. About 1,200 years ago, Kukai, posthumously named Kobo Daishi, founded Shingon Buddhism and the monastery complex Koyasan at the top of a mountain 800 meters above the sea. Koyasan forms a hallowed site composed of 117 temples, including Kongobu-ji Head Temple. Plain, authentic faith can be found everywhere in daily life as the religion has been practiced uninterruptedly by Buddhist monks and even local residents. Experience the charms of Koyasan, designated as a World Heritage site for its extraordinary cultural landscape.

Visit Koyasan A guide to Koyasan Koyasan Shukubo Association