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Miedo (御影堂)

"The Miedo is a 15.1-meter-depth by 15.1-meter-wide building with a hogyozukuri-style pent roof. An image of Kobo Daishi's ten great disciples is hung in the hall's outer sanctum. The hall, which is located behind Kongobuji Temple's Kondo Hall, was originally built to enshrine Kobo Daishi's personal Buddha statue. After his death, however, an image of him painted by Shinnyo Shinno, one of Kobo Daishi's ten principle disciples, was enshrined in the hall. This is the origin of the name of the hall, which means ""image hall."" The Miedo is considered to be the most sacred place in Koyasan, so regular visitors are not normally able to view the image. However, the outer sanctuary is currently opened to the general public on March 21st in the lunar calendar every year during a ceremony held on the night before anniversary of the death of Kobo Daishi."


Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan 152 (Mt. KoyaArea)

phone 0736562011

[Ganjo Gansai] 8:30-17:00

Review of Miedo Temple

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Reviewed:2020/02/23 Open once a year
Has burned down frequently, last re-built in 1848. Holds a ninth century portrait of Kobo Daishi, not accessible to the public. In fact, the only part of the building that can be visited in open only...
Reviewed:2018/05/20 One of the Most Sacred Building in Mt. Koya
Before he started his eternal meditation in 835, Kukai (774-835), or Kobo Daishi, used to use the building as a Buddhism training hall for himself. Before the entrance into the eternal meditation...
Reviewed:2020/03/01 弘法大師の御影?

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Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan 152 [map]
Mt. KoyaArea
[Ganjo Gansai] 8:30-17:00
[Gandai] open everyday
Parking Lot
No worship at normal time (only the appearance can be visited)
Every year, only on the eve of 3Monday21Sunday of the old calendar, at the time of the arrest night

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