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Konpon Daito根本大塔


This pagoda was erected to serve as a symbol of a Shingon Esoteric Buddhism Konpon Dojo training center. Located on a stage on the grounds of the Kongobu-ji Temple, work on the pagoda began when the great monk Kukai first founded the temple on Mt. Koya and was completed around 887. The pagoda was rebuilt in 1937 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the passing of Kukai. 50 meters tall, the two-story pagoda consists of four sides and 16 bays. Of particular note is the interior structure of the pagoda itself, which is designed as a three-dimensional mandala. The mandala consists of a statue of Dainichi-Nyorai, the principal object of worship, surrounded by the four Buddhas of the Diamond Realm. The 16 internal pillars are decorated with images of 16 Bodhisattvas, while the four walls and corners are decorated with images of the Eight Patriarchs.


Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 152

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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.

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