Kongobu-ji Head Temple

Wakayama, Kansai

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 Head Temple on Koyasan when he returned in 816. Many monks gathered as he established Koya-sans Kongobu-ji Head Temple as the place for learning the teachings of the Shingon-shu sect of Buddhism. There are many temples centering on Kongobu-ji Head Temple on Koyasan, and the entire mountain is a place of worship.The present Kongobu ji Head Temple 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.’


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
Reiho-kan (Treasury Hall):28 Dec.-4 Jan.
Nankai Gokuraku-bashi Stn./Nankai Koyasan Cable/5-min. ride/Koyasan Stn./Bus/15-min. ride/Kongobu-ji-mae Stop/5-min. walk

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