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Kongobuji Temple in Mt. Koya-san

Kongobuji Temple in Mt. Koya-san

Kongobuji Temple in Koyasan was constructed under Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1593 as Saigan-ji Temple to commemorate the death of his mother. It was renamed Kongobuji Temple in 1869. Many of its sliding doors were painted by Kanō Tanyū, a famous Japanese painter of the Kanō School as well as by his students. Today visitors can enter the temple with an admission fee and view several rooms such as the Ohiroma room and the paintings of the sliding doors. Kongobuji Temple's Banryutei Rock Garden is Japan's largest rock garden. The rocks of the garden were designed to portray a pair of dragons emerging from the clouds.

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