Kinpusen-ji Temple Zaoudou

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.

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Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama map map Map
open everyday
[Admission fee] Adults 800yen, junior and senior high school students 600yen, Elementary school students 400yen
Parking Lot
Not available (Please use the Yoshinoyama sightseeing parking lot)
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Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

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  • Blue Buddha
    4.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.23
    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...
  • Worth an effort
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.09.28
    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...
  • Highly recommend morning service
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.04.30
    Morning service is held every morning from6:30.No reservation is needed. The atmosphere is mysterious.You can participate if you go in...

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