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Founded in the Nara period (710 - 794), Kimii-dera is a temple devoted to the Goddess of Mercy and the second temple on Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. The name of the temple comes from its three wells. The temple is listed in Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots and its cherry trees are known to be the first to flower in the Kansai region. It is also known as the harbingers of spring because the Yoshino cherry trees on its ground is used by Wakayama Local Meteorological Observatory for the yearly Cherry Blossom Forecast. The poet, Matsuo Basho, once visited the temple to view the blossoms, but upon seeing the flowers on the ground, he was inspired to compose a poem.
1201 Kimiidera, Wakayama, Wakayama
8:00 - 17:00
A short walk from JR kimiidera Station.
20 minutes from Wakayama IC on Hanwa Expressway.
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