The monk Kobo Daishi (Kukai) of the 8th to 9th centuries studied Buddhism in Tang-dynasty China and brought it back to Japan. He built Kongobu-ji on Koya-san when he returned in 816. Many monks gathered as he established Koya-sans Kongobu-ji as the place for learning the teachings of the Shingon-shu sect of Buddhism. There are many temples centering on Kongobu-ji Temple on Koya-san, and the entire mountain is a place of worship.The present Kongobu-ji was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan in the latter part of the 16th century. What catches the eye is the Fudo-do. This hall was built by one of Emperor Tsuchimikado's wives, and has a gentle appearance befitting a temple structure built by a woman. It is the oldest building on the mountain and is designated a National Treasure.'
Address: 132 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama
Admission Fee: 500 yen (regular fee) Reiho-kan (Treasury Hall): 600 yen (regular fee) Dai-to: 200 yen (regular fee) Kon-do: 200 yen (regular fee) Tokugawa Maulesoleum: 200 yen (regular fee)
Combination Ticket:2000 yen
Closed: Reiho-kan (Treasury Hall):28 Dec.-4 Jan.
Directions: Nankai Gokuraku-bashi Stn./Nankai Koyasan Cable/5-min. ride/Koyasan Stn./Bus/15-min. ride/Kongobu-ji-mae Stop/5-min. walk
Nankai Gokuraku-bashi Stn./Nankai Koyasan Cable/5-min. ride/Koyasan Stn./Bus/15-min. ride/Kongobu-ji-mae Stop/5-min. walk