Kongōbu-ji

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Kongōbu-ji
金剛峰寺
Kongobuji Koyasan01n4272.jpg
Basic information
Location 132 Kōyasan, Kōya-chō, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
Affiliation Kōyasan School of Shingon Buddhism
Deity Ashuku Nyorai (Akṣobhya)
Country Japan
Website http://www.shukubo.net/
Architectural description
Founder Kūkai
Completed 816

Kongōbu-ji (金剛峯寺) is the ecclesiastic head temple of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism, located on Mount Kōya (高野山, Kōya-san), Wakayama prefecture, Japan. Its name means Temple of the Diamond Mountain. It is part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The temple was first constructed as Seigan-ji Temple in 1593 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi on the death of his mother, rebuilt in 1861, and given its present name in 1869. It contains many sliding screen doors painted by Kanō Tanyū (1602-1674) and members of Kyoto's Kanō school.

The temple's modern Banryūtei (蟠龍庭) rock garden is Japan's largest (2340 square meters), with 140 granite stones arranged to suggest a pair of dragons emerging from clouds to protect the temple.

The 413th abbot of Kongobuji is Reverend Keiho Nakanishi, who also acts as the archbishop of the Koyasan Shingon school.

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