Kongobuji : Headquarters of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism
Inside the Temple
Banryutei Rock Garden
This rock garden was completed in 1984 to commemorate the 1150th memorial anniversary of Kobo Daishi's ascent into eternal meditation. With an area of 2,340 square meters, this is the largest rock garden in Japan. The design of this garden is of a pair of dragons emerging from a sea of clouds to protect the Okuden. The dragons are made of 140 granite rocks from the island of Shikoku, the birthplace of Kobo Daishi. The white sand is from Kyoto, another place that was significant in Kobo Daishi's life.
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