Kinpusen-ji Temple (Zao-do)
Kinpusen-ji, located on Yoshino-yama in Nara Prefecture, is believed to have been built in the latter half of the 7th century by Enno-ozunu, founder and practitioner of the Shugen-do sect of Buddhism. The temple is known as the headquarters of the Shugen-do sect. The sect retains many elements of the mountain-worship native to Japan, and it is noted for its very severe ascesis being practiced in the mountains. In 1874, the government banned the Shugen-do sect and the temple was for a time left in a dilapidated state. In 1886, however, it was reconstructed as a temple of the Tendai sect, another sect of Buddhism. In 1948, it became independent and was known as the Kinpusen-Shugen-Honshu sect. The Zao-do (main hall) is designated as a National Treasure.
Address: 2498 Yoshino-yama, Yoshino-cho, Yoshino-gun, Nara
Admission Fee: 400 yen (regular fee)
[Walk]Kintetsu Yoshino Stn./4-min. walk/Yoshino-Senbon-guchi/Ropeway/3-min. ride/Yoshinoyama/10-min. walk