Places to see
Daimon (大門) : Great Gate < Important Cultural Property >
Standing at the west end of town, Daimon is the main entrance to Koyasan. The first structure was created in the Tsuzuraori valley and moved to the present site in the 12th century. The current building was rebuilt in 1705. Daimon measures 21.4 meters by 7.9 meters and stands 25.1 meters tall. The statues inside are called the Kongo-Rikishi (Gaurdian Deities) and watch over the main entrance to Koyasan. These magnificent statues were created by Uncho and Koui during the Edo period.
Situated on the left side of Daimon, the first of many torii gates is the entrance to Benten-dake. This is also one of the entrances to the “Women's Pilgrimage Path” which goes around the outer edge of Koya town. Enshrined on the summit of this path is a shrine for Dake-no-Benzaiten, a deity of Benten. It is said to be created in response to a request made by Kobo Daishi.
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