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Kinpusen-ji Temple Zaoudou総本山 金峯山寺


The symbol of Mt. Yoshino and the head temple of the Shugendo syncretic Shinto-Buddhist religion. It is believed that the temple was founded by the mystic En no Gyoja in the latter half of the seventh century. The Zaoudou hall standing proudly on the heights of the Kinpu Mountain Range was erected in 1592 and is the second largest ancient wooden building in Japan after the Hall of the Great Buddha at Todai-ji Temple. Three statues of Zao, a Shinto manifestation of the Buddha, are enshrined in the temple, representing the past, present, and future. Each is seven meters tall and a must-see during your visit.


Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama (YoshinoArea)

phone 0746328371

[Worship times] 8:30-16:30 (Reception until 16:00)

Review of Kinpusenji Temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/04/14 Big Temple nearer to the foot of the mountain
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.
Reviewed:2018/04/07 Result
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...
Reviewed:2016/10/15 One of the nicest temples
Not overcrowded as similarly beautiful temples. Very beautiful setting, worth every step up the hill.

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Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama [ map ]
[Worship times] 8:30-16:30 (Reception until 16:00)
open everyday
Adults 500 yen (1,000 yen at special open date)
Parking Lot
Not available (Please use the Yoshinoyama sightseeing parking lot)
Credit Card
Not available

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          With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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