negoro-ji pagoda

The beauty of an ancient complex of temple buildings, enhanced by the seasonal colors.

Negoro-ji 「根来寺」,an ancient temple complex, located in the sacred Katsuragi mountains in Wakayama, was founded by Kogyou-Daishi of the Singon sect of Buddhism. He first established the main hall “Daidenpo-in” on the top of Mt. Koya-san in 1132 and later he moved to the current location. Since then many worshipers and monks gathered, and They built around 2,700 buildings in the area. Some warrior-monks are skilled in using firearms, made the temple has more power during the Muromachi Period (1336-1573).

nagoro-ji main hall
● The main hall
negoro-ji gate
● The bell tower

In 1585, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a feudal lord feared the growing power of Negoro-ji Temple. He ordered to attack the temple and almost every buildings were burnt down except the Great Tower, “Dai-to”, the Main Hall and the Hall of Kobo-daishi, “Daisi-do”.

Most of the other buildings we see today were rebuilt in the middle of Edo Period(1790-1830).

Explore a National Treasure

The Great Tower,”Dai-to”, the largest wooden pagoda in Japan is designated as a National Treasure. Visitors can enter the pagoda and it is only building today, you can enter inside of national treasures in Japan.

negoro-ji pagoda
● The great tower
negoro-ji autumn
● The pagoda with autumn color

Negoro-ji Temple has many things to see, including the largest wooden stupa, designated as a National Treasure, the main hall enshrining a statue of Kobo Daishi, designated as an important cultural property, and the Fine Japanese garden.

negoro-ji pond
● Shoten pond with cherry blossom
negoro-ji pond autumn
● Shoten-do in autumn

The temple is also well known as a famous spot for cherry blossoms and autumn foliage. With the seasonal colors, the temple and its pagoda are particularly beautiful.

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Access : 10-minute bus ride from Iwade station on the JR Wakayama Line.

Hours : 9:00 to 16:00

Admission : 500 yen

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