Garan is one of the most important and central temple complexes in Koyasan (Mount Koya). As such, it has multiple sacred buildings including the main halls, a bell tower, a lecture hall, scripture storage, halls dedicated to a variety of deities and notably, several large pagodas.
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The Konpon Daito Pagoda stands 45 metres in height and houses a state of the Dainichi Nyorai or ‘Cosmic Buddha’, the principal Buddha in Shingon Buddhism. The large number of buildings including pagodas within the temple boundary makes Garan highly-photogenic and popular with visitors and nearby Kongobu-ji Temple.
Most visitors traveling to and from Koyasan (Mount Koya) will use the cable-car running from/to Gokurakubashi Station. The ride takes only 5 minutes / JPY500 and operates between 05:30 and 22:30 (approximately). To reach Gokurakubashi, take the Nankai Koya Line from Namba Station or Shin-Imamiya Station in Osaka. Please note, once visitors have arrived at Mount Koya they are not permitted to walk into the town centre but must instead use a bus or taxi. The temple is conveniently located in the town centre, nearby Kongobu-ji Temple