The beauty of an ancient complex of temple buildings, enhanced by the seasonal colors.
Negoro-ji (根来寺), an ancient temple complex is located in the sacred Katsuragi mountains in Wakayama. Originally It 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).
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).
Exploring national treasures
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 Temple has many things to see, including the largest wooden pagoda, 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 is also famous for the seasonal colors.
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.
Address : 2286 Negoro, Iwade, Wakayama 649-6202
Access : 10-minute bus ride from Iwade station on the JR Wakayama Line.
Hours : 9:00 to 16:00
Admission : 500 yen