Kimii-dera (Temple)

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Kimii-dera (Temple)

A panoramic view of Wakanoura Bay when you climb the 231 steps. It feels just like you are one of the nobility.

Kimii-dera (Temple) is famous for early-flowering cherry blossoms and it is also the second temple where amulets can be obtained in west Japan and pilgrims in pilgrim dress can be seen visiting with their walking sticks and an earnest look in their eyes. The name comes from its three wells: Kisshosui, Yoryusui and Shojosui. As you pass through the tower gate, your view is dominated by the 231 steps and you stand taken aback for a moment. However, you think the harder it is, the greater the joy at the achievement and as you being to climb the hill step by step just for the sake of it, you feel each cell in your body coming alive. When you are taking a breather after having finished the climb, you look back and see a wide view of the beautiful Wakanoura Bay which musters up the emotions of a traveller. This temple was opened in the first year of the Hoki Era (770) by the Chinese monk and holy priest, Iko. As it is in fairly close proximity to Wakayama Castle, successive lords visited Kimii-dera (Temple) and it was here that the Kishu house of Tokugawa prayed for prosperity. The main hall was newly constructed in the 
Horeki Years (1751 - 1764). In this main hall lies the two-storied pagoda that 10th lord Harutomi donated. At the side entrance to the main hall in the secret hall, there are many exhibits such as a hanging scroll written by Harutomi himself and the plaque of Kazunao Ikkyu as well as a picture map of the Kansai Kannon Pilgrimage. In addition, the Rokkaku (hexagonal) Hall is said to have equivalent merit to the Kansai Kannon Pilgrimage and there are many visitors who come to pray from inside and outside the prefecture all year round.

*Get off at JR Kimiidera Station, 15 minutes by foot / get off at Kimiidera bus stop, 5 minutes by foot

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