Kongobuji Temple

Kongobuji Temple

Kongobuji Temple is one of the most important in the Mount Koya complex. Constructed during the 16th century, it is the head temple of Shingon Buddhism.


The temple is known for its exquisite interior and Banryutei Rock Garden – the largest rock garden in Japan. The expansive and manicured grounds are punctuated by large stones rising from the racked peddle floor, representing two dragons emerging from a sea of clouds.


Kongobuji is conveniently located in the town centre and nearby Garan.


08:30 to 17:00 (last entry 16:30)

Open daily


Approximately a 7.5 to 8.5-hour drive from the Jigokudani Monkey Park

Most visitors traveling to and from Mount Koya will use the cablecar 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, a 5-minute walk from Senjuinbashi intersection


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