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A major Buddhism sanctuary established by the great religious figure, Kobo Daishi (or, Kukai, his antemortem name) at the dawn of the Heian era (started from the late 8th century). It was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage under the”Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” in 2004. In addition, it also was awarded three stars in the Japanese version of the Michelin Green Guide.
Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito, Wakayama
Free entrance to mountain. Toll facilities are open from 8:30-16:30 (entrance is until 16:00).
Kongobu-ji Temple, the head temple of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism is the must-see attraction. Since the area is surrounded by a forest, it may present a solemn atmosphere fit for walking in temple tours, or in the Nanakasumi-yama hiking route.
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