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Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

In an alpine basin at an altitude of 800m there stand a group of important
compounds: (1) Kongobu-ji, which was founded by the high Buddhist priest Kukai in 816 as the principal stage for the Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism, (2) Jison-in, which was constructed as an administrative office to facilitate the construction and management of Kongobu-ji, (3) Niukanshofu-jinja, which was constructed as a guardian shrine to protect the Niukanshofu estate of Kongobu-ji, and (4) Niutsuhime-jinja, which is situated in the Amano basin lying halfway between Kongobu-ji and Jison-in in dedication to the deities Niumyojin and Koyamyojin, who in legend gave land to Kukai for the construction of Kongobu-ji and guided Kukai, respectively. Those shrines and temples are connected by the pilgrimage route known as the Koyasan Choishimichi.
At Koyasan, there are 117 temples still remaining at the present time, forming a mountaintop religious "city" which embraces a history of more than 1,200 years as a sacred mountain site. This site combined with the surrounding steep mountain ridges and deep forests produce a religion-related cultural landscape. Okuno-in, which is revered as the sacred area where Kukai still lives after having attained Buddhist enlightenment, holds many tombstones, more of which are still now being added by those who admire Kukai's teachings.


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