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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Kinpusenji Temple 金峯山寺

Blended beliefs in mountain asceticism at this temple near Mt. Yoshino

Kinpusenji Temple is part of a sect that practices Shugendo Mountain Asceticism. This sect has roots both in Shinto and Buddhist beliefs. Several shrines and temples in this area, including Kinpu Shrine and Yoshimizu Shrine, are associated with this sect. This temple is one of the most important ones within Shugendo.

How to Get There

Kinpusenji Temple is a ten-minute walk from Yoshino Ropeway's upper station, Yoshinoyama Station.

The three statues of Zao Gongen

Kinpusenji Temple houses some important relics of Shugendo. Three blue-skinned statues of Zao Gongen stand seven meters tall. They represent the past, present, and future aspects of the Buddha. These 1300-year-old statues are open for viewing only in the spring and autumn season.

The main building

The temple's main building, Zao-do Hall, is the second largest wooden structure in Japan, after Nara's Daibutsuden.

Surrounded by World Heritage sites

This temple is an important stop on various pilgrimage routes. Kinpusenji Temple is the starting point of a pilgrimage to Mt. Omine. It is also a stop on various other pilgrimages. The entire area containing Kinpusenji Temple and Kinpu Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of the pilgrimage routes in the Kii mountains.

Train your stress physical and mental endurance

Kinpusenji Temple offers training events from May through October. These stress physical and mental endurance of the elements, such as hanging off cliffs or sitting under waterfalls. Shugendo teaches that these activities are a path to enlightenment.

The Rengekai Toad Festival

The Rengekai Toad Festival is held on July 7th every year. It commemorates a local legend of a man being changed into a toad because he didn't take his religious practices seriously. This legend has a happy ending, as a priest later returned him to his human form. Toad and frog statues can be found around the town in memory of this story.

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