Kinpusenji Temple
Kinpusenji Temple
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amooafshin
Dubai, United Arab Emirates158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Kinpusenji Temple, which is one of the most important Shugendo temples, is located on the same street. Shugendo is a religion based on mountain worship that combines the principles of Buddhism and Shinto. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its main hall (the 34-meter Zao-do Hall) is the second largest wooden structure in Japan after Todaiji Nara Temple. Inside the Zao-do Hall are three blue-skinned statues of Zao Gongen, the guardian deity of the sacred mountains of the Yoshino region. Zao Gungen is one of the most important Shugendu deities, who is the embodiment of the past, present and future Buddha. The three statues of this temple are 1300 years old and their size reaches seven meters, and each of them shows one of these three aspects. The entrance to this temple is 800 yen and it takes half an hour to visit it.
Written May 22, 2023
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FengXueSG
Singapore, Singapore1,608 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Family
There are probably only two feasible ways to get here: either drive up the mountain in a one-line-two-way zig zag road, or take Kintetsu line to Yoshino station then hire a cab. Either way is an effort. You can skip the cab part and walk to the temple but it is a 30min straight up climb --more effort.

But the 7th century temple has the second largest wooden structure, the Zaodo, in Japan after the Great Buddha Hall at Todai-ji.

Parking option looks limited in Yoshino. There is a car park onwned by a shop before you reach the Y-junction in front of the temple. It is probably the best spot to park your car. I visited in a weekday afternoon, literally only 5 visitors including three of us. No one from the shop really came out when I parked my car. But I could image during cherry blossoms season, you may not be allowed to park there.
Written September 28, 2019
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Ayako O
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Morning service is held every morning from6:30.
No reservation is needed. The atmosphere is mysterious.You can participate if you go in time!

朝の勤行がとても神秘的で良かったです。特に予約は必要なく、時間には蔵王堂の前に列ができているので並べば参加できます。ご開帳中は有料ですが、宿泊施設で券を買うと割引になります。
Written April 30, 2019
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,841 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
This is a bigger temple than the rest and is located nearer to the foot of the temple. It is one of the more popular temples in the mountain. Worth a visit.
Written April 14, 2018
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This temple is the first main one you see when walking up the main street in Yoshino.
In itself it is pretty impressive, a grand old building set above the road
But, come at Sakura season and they open up the area at the back of the shrine that contains 3 enormous, fantastical blue figures. They are only viewable at this time of year
They are impressive
Written April 6, 2018
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Stefan B
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Not overcrowded as similarly beautiful temples. Very beautiful setting, worth every step up the hill.
Written October 15, 2016
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan15,204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
Yoshino is famous for cherry blossom viewing. My wife and I went to Yoshino just for this reason. Kinpusenji is the first temple and maybe the biggest temple that you meet when you walk Yoshino after getting off the ropeway. Thinking of the fact that it is in a mountain, the building of temple is amazingly big.
Written June 29, 2016
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Wennie W
Singapore, Singapore860 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Friends
This is a beautiful temple on mt Yoshino, one of many along the temple pilgrimage route. Of all the shrines and temples we visited along the route it is the most lovely, the huge grounds surrounding it also particularly scenic. This temple is very old and gives off a powerful vibe particularly for the religious, not to be missed.
Written September 25, 2015
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Chuzaa
Vancouver, Canada3,487 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Couples
We only visited the Zao-do Hall and a few smaller temples this time, not the entire Kinpusen-ji Temple complex.

The Zao-do Hall is the main and largest building among the many temple buildings that make up the Kinpusen-ji Temple complex in the Yoshino Mountain region.

The huge wooden hall is where the main deity of the Shugendo Sect is enshrined in the Kinpusen-ji Temple. This deity, the Zao Gongen, is a uniquely Japanese “Buddha” and has no roots in India. Its formal name is “Kongo Zao Gongen.” The founder of the Shugendo Sect is En-no-Ozunu (634-701).

The current building was completed in 1592 and is said to be the second largest wooden building (Height 34 meters, Width 36 m, Depth 36 meters) in Japan only after the Todai-ji Temple in Nara. It is a single-storied building, even though it has an appearance of a two-storied building. Within the building is a huge zushi “case” in which three wooden images of Zao Gongen are kept. These colourful, powerful and impressive images are usually hidden, but they are occasionally made available for viewing with a fee. Check the temple’s web site about a possible viewing opportunity beforehand.
Written September 2, 2015
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BryanBaier
Osaka, Japan126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Business
"In Buddhism we strive to achieve enlightenment," the head monk of Kinpusenji informed the crowd that had remained after the morning service. "In the Shugendo Way practiced here at Kinpusenji and in Yoshino, we believe that in order to do that one must train their body and soul in the mountains. One must hike and walk to overcome the challenges mountain living involves in order to tap into the power of nature that is just before your eyes and yet out of sight."
I have always been skeptical of all religions and many of their practices, but something about the philosophy and practice of Shugendo intrigues me and captures my interest. Perhaps it is the massive size of the Zao-do Hall that evokes a sense of thoughtful awe, and then the fierce image of Zao Gongen, the blue skinned, wolf skin clothed, dual trident wielding, wild boar tusked main deity of Shugendo that evokes a desire to fight and overcome the challenges of mountain living to access that unseen power of nature. Whatever it may be, this is what my experience at Kinpusenji elicited.
Written August 31, 2015
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