Kinpusenji Temple, Yoshino-cho

Explore the second largest wooden structure in Japan at Kinpusenji Temple. Also known as "the temple of golden peaks," the site was established in the mid-seventh century by En no Gyoja, the founder of the Shugendo Mountain Ascetic sect of Buddhism, and remains the Shugendo headquarters today. Of note here are the Zao Gongen, the main idols of worship in the faith, aged at over 1300 years old and standing up to 7 m (23 ft) in height. The statues are so sacred they are only displayed twice a year, during spring and autumn. Look out for smaller examples of the statues around the site, and in photographs in the brochure. Use our Yoshino-cho sightseeing planner to visit Kinpusenji Temple on your trip to Yoshino-cho, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • For 10 years from 2012, a special book of the secret Buddha Zao Gongen has been held in spring and autumn for the repair of the Nio Gate (national treasure). In the evening, only guests can see. You can see even if you are not staying in the afternoon and morning. You can go to the nearest place in the day. The time is fixed at night and in the morning. You can experience the solemn prayer place that begins with the sound of Yamabushi's spiral shell. The secret Buddha which is more powerful than I imagined is very attractive, and I wanted to visit it at a special visit again.
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  • Large scale, World Heritage World Heritage Is full of attractions. It might be good to go according to the time when the Time is examined and the Time is done. Events such as autumn festivals are also recommended to match the sound of Yamabushi's spiral shellfish.
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