Danjo Garan Complex, The Location of Kōyasan’s First Temple

Danjo Garan Complex is one of Kōyasan’s two sacred sanctuaries and the location of its first temple, erected by Kōbō Daishi (Kūkai) for the teaching of Shingon Buddhism.

Initial construction of the monastic complex began in the early ninth century. Within the grounds now stand a number of halls, temples and a grand pagoda. Many of the important deities of Shingon Buddhism are enshrined within Danjo Garan and, to this day, the monks of Kōyasan train, conduct rituals, hold traditional lectures and engage in doctrinal debated in this complex.

The name Garan is derived from Sanskrit sanghārāma, which means a quiet and secluded place where Buddhist monks may train.

Danjo Garan is free to visit, although a fee must be paid to enter the temples. At night the path to the complex is lit up.

SOURCES: 

  • Koyasan and Kumano Access Bus
  • UNESCO World Heritage Koyasan Leaflet in English
  • Koyasan Reihokan Museum Leaflet in English
  • Dai Garan Kongobuki Koyasan leaflet
  • Kongobuji Temple Leaflet
  • Guide to Koyasan
  • Kōyasan – the 1200th Anniversary Since The Foundation
  • Information signs at Danjo Garan Complex

4 thoughts on “Danjo Garan Complex, The Location of Kōyasan’s First Temple

Leave a Reply

Danjo Garan Complex, The Location of Kōyasan’s First Temple

by Uncover Travel time to read: 1 min
4
Skip to toolbar