This ancient temple that overlooks downtown Tanabe is of the Omuro School of the Shingon Sect and is said to be founded be saint Kobodaishi (Kukai). Famous for the Sakura blossoms, many visitors come to worship and enjoy the annual Kozanji Temple Spring Festival. On the grounds is a rare, even for Japan, two-story pagoda honoring Prince Shotoku (known as Uenomiya Taishi), and also a shell mound unearthed from the prehistoric early Jomon period. On the coastal side, are the graves of the biologist, Kumagusu Minakata said to be the father of mycology, and the founder of the self-defense art, Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei.
Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Inarichou 392 (Shirahama / Ryujin / Kumano / NachiArea)
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- Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Inarichou 392 [ map ]
- Precincts Free
- open everyday
- Parking Lot
- Available 30spaces
- Credit Card
- Not available
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- Route from this Station Route from this Bus Stop Route from this IC Route from this Parking
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Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country’s most delicious ramen noodles.