Garan: Koyasan’s central temple complex
When Kobo Daishi was training in China, he threw one of his ceremonial tools in the direction of his homeland. Years later, he found the same tool in the branches of a pine tree in Koyasan, and decided to construct the Garan, Koyasan’s central temple complex on that very spot. Twelve centuries later, the same pine tree still stands next to the Garan.
Garan highlights include Kondo Hall, a large wooden temple hall where major ceremonies are held, and the vibrant vermillion of the giant Konpon Daito Pagoda, inside which a three-dimensional mandala map of the cosmos awaits visitors, and the breathtaking woodwork of Saito, the west tower.
The unassuming hexagonal Rokkaku Kyozo is a scripture depository. By pushing one of the handles on the outside of this wooden building, you can turn the Wheel of Wisdom. One clockwise turn is said to be the equivalent of chanting the complete set of Buddhist scriptures, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get wise!
July 15, 2016
132 Koyasan Koya-cho, Ito-gun,Wakayama-ken