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).
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 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.
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.
Access : 10-minute bus ride from Iwade station on the JR Wakayama Line.
Hours : 9:00 to 16:00
Admission : 500 yen