Translated by Shinji Takaramura
Mount Koya - An Essential Guide To The Sacred Land In Wakayama
Written by Yumiko Delor
Mount Koya, located in Wakayama prefecture, is the center of the Shingon Buddhism. This article provides useful information on activities, events, and festivals you can enjoy on a trip to Mount Koya (Koyasan).
Mount Koya - The Heart of Shingon Buddhism
Mount Koya, located at Wakayama Prefecture, is the center (sohonzan, *1) of Shingon Buddhism in Japan.
The official name of this mountain is "Sohonzan Kongobuji". The name refers to the temple complex which consists of various institutes such as the Kongobuji, Danjo Garan and Okunoin. This title refers to Mount Koya as a whole, along with the 117 adjacent temples.
For further information on Mount Koya, please refer to Mount Koya: The Sacred Land Of Japanese Buddhism.
This site has a history dating back some 1200 years, and is becoming more open to a large number of visitors. From the spring of 2017, various credit cards are now accepted in some temples when paying admission fees and for good luck charms. Credit cards can be used at Kongobuji, Danjo Garan, Daishi Kyokai and Gokusho of the Okunoin.
Let's take a look at some other things that are useful to know about Mount Koya.
*1 Sohonzan: center of operations.