A profound “other world” of layered prayer.
From the Jomon to Prince Shotoku, Kobo-Daishi and the spirits of the mountains, the ancient temple where all kinds of prayers are accumulated invites you to enter its door into a “profound other world”.
F Kozanji Temple
Open 365 days
- 392 Inarichō, Tanabe, Wakayama 646-0051
Kozannji Temple was founded by Kobo-Daishi Kukai (the great teacher who spread the dharma), and is lined with many halls, including a multi-storey pagoda that was built during the Edo period. The cemetery at the temple overlooks the sea and is the resting place of Kumagusu Minakata, a giant of knowledge, and Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Many archaeological artifacts have been found in the shell mounds on the temple precincts, including "Kozanji-style earthenware" decorated with oshigata-mon and yoriito-mon.