Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, Japan - 2018
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Lamp detail of the Kumagaiji temple for pilgrims in Mount Koya.
Mount Koya (高野山, Kōyasan) is the center of Shingon buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan's most significant religious figures. A small, secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi built on Koyasan's wooded mountaintop. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and the start and end point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage.