Negoro-ji, Iwade

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The Negoro-ji (根来寺) complex of Buddhist temples stands on the side of, and is surrounded by, the sacred peaks of the Katsuragi Mountains which dominate the horizon at the northern end of the city of Iwade, Wakayama in Japan. In 1087, a man named En no Gyōja established this area as a center for promoting Buddhism. Hōfuku-ji, as it was originally called, was built with the contributions of a devotee known as Hōfuku-Chōja who lived in the vicinity. In 1132, the Ex-Emperor Toba donated this temple, along with nearby manors, to the famous high priest Kōgyō Daishi; this new estate was called Ichijō-zan Daidenpon Negoro-ji. Kōgyō-Daishi, widely renowned as the restorer of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, moved here with his pupils, from Mount Kōya. After settling at Negoro-ji, Kōgyō-Daishi laid out his far-sighted plans and initiated the construction of the Enmyō-ji and Jingū-ji within the Negoro-ji temple grounds. Even after his death, in 1143, the Negoro-ji complex was influential and prosperous as the head seminary for Shingi sect of Shingon Buddhism for another 200 years or so. During the height of its influence in the late Muromachi period, about 2700 temples stood on the mountainside in the spacious grounds of Negoro-ji. In 1585 however, every building except the main pagoda, and a few others, were burnt down during the Siege of Negoro-ji by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who feared the growing military power of the priesthood and the Negoro-gumi, warrior monks of the temple, who were skilled in the use of firearms. In 1623, the head of the Kii branch of the Tokugawa feudal clan, Tokugawa Yorinobu, initiated the reconstruction of the temple grounds, and through numerous re-buildings over many decades during the Edo period, the Negoro-ji was completely transformed.


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Walking past the city of Iwade, you will come across Negoro-ji. Don't expect lot of visitors to Negoro-ji since it is not a popular tourist spot in Iwade.

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  • Very peaceful compared to some shrines in Kyoto(probably less tourist know about this place). I enjoyed the atmosphere and the tranquil of the whole place.Do visit this place when you are in Wakayama.

  • 国内唯一の木造大塔。 御朱印は味のあるヘタウマ感があり今も眺めては楽める。 16年12月訪問。

  • コノ場所は『根来寺本坊寺務所』と呼ばれ お寺の事務所的な所です 僧侶の修行の中核を なす建物は 通常本堂とか金堂と言いますが ココ根来寺では 国宝大塔の東に位置する所の 『大傳法堂』になります ココ本坊寺務所は 紀州徳川家の別荘を移築した建物と隣接しており『名草御殿ナグサゴテン』 と呼ばれ 御殿の庭は 国の名勝庭園の指定を 受け 見事な美しを誇っています なお 本坊は無料ですが 庭園は有料なのでぇ 因に根来寺の山号は 一乗山(イチジョウサン)と言い 宗派は 新義真言宗で ソノ総本山です 御本尊は 国の重要文化財の 大日如来座像です 創建年は 平安時代後期の1130年で ヤハリ平安時代後期の僧侶で 新義真言宗始祖 の覚鑁(カクバン) 後の興教大師により開山されました 広大な敷地に各伽藍を有する根来寺は 和歌山県にある 国宝の建物や仏像を保持する 七寺社の中の一つでも有り 自然に囲まれ 緑あふれる境内は 私のお気に入りの お寺でも有ります

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  • とても素晴らしい歴史の宝庫のお寺です。平日に行ったので、1人ゆっくり観て廻ることができました。お寺の方たちもとても親切に接して下さいました。

  • 過去の敷地と比較したらすごく狭いですが、国宝の塔と美しい庭園が見学できます。入場料が必要になりました。

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