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Wakayama: Kimiidera (Temple)

Located in Kimiidera, Wakayama City in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, Kimiidera (Temple) is a mountaintop temple which is part (#2) of the Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage of Western Japan.

Also known as Gokukuin (Temple), Kimiidera (Temple) was believed to have been established in 770AD by a Chinese Buddhist monk named Weiguang. It was believed that monk Weiguang carved the statues of Kannon Bodhisattra which was placed in the original prayer hall.
The Sakura-mon (gate) found at the bottom of the hill 
The Sakura-mon (gate) up close and personal
Small figurines found around the vicinity
The Shinbutsuden houses one of the largest images of Buddha
The statue of Buddha inside the temple (Senju Kannon)
Throw a coin and be lucky.
The bell outside the first temple
The temple became prominent during the rule of Japanese Emperor Shirakawa. He proclaimed the temple as an imperial temple. Kimiidera (Temple) once belonged to the Shingon Sect of Japanese Buddhism but today is under the Kusekannon Zong sect of Buddhism.
The Kimiidera (Temple) Hondo
 Some of the other structures in the vicinity:
Maigo no Tegami

Aside from the main temple, there are many other structures found in the temple compound. In one of these structures, you'd find the giant golden Buddha with its multiple hands stretched out carrying various stuff. Other structures date back hundreds of years ago. But before you could visit these structures, be ready to climb up the 231-step walkway. It would be tiring but the view from the top is worth it.
A closer look at the temple
Probably a century-old (or more) incense pot
A view from the side
Prayer paddles (I guess)
Can someone please tell me what the inscription says
Some very old paintings hung at the temple entrance
The view of the Wakanoura and the city from the temple vicinity
Kimiidera (Temple) is also visited during the Cherry Blossom Season (late April) when a major festival is held in the temple grounds.
Posing in front of the temple
I visited Kimiidera (Temple) alone during my solo backpacking trip to Wakayama Prefecture during our 7th day of stay in Japan. I visited the temple right after my tour around Wakayama Castle. It is also the first temple that I visited. When I found out that it is part of the Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, I got more excited to visit the other temples that's part of the pilgrimage. However, I think that is reserved for our next visit to Japan im the near future.
Check out the entrance fees
The handout and ticket from the ticket booth
Getting there:

Yup you're on the right path
map from
Ride a JR train (Kisei Line) and board down at JR Kimiidera Station. From there, the temple is just a short walk away. (Don't rejoice yet! There is still the 231 steps up the compound!)

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