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Introduction of Fudoin

Fudoin is a temple based on the teaching of Fudomyo-o (a saint who is the symbol of determination), founded as one of the twelve temples by Saiko, a high monk, in Nishitani in 906 and located in the southern part of the centre of the mountain, which a very convenient area for a visit. The temple is also known as the main temple for the Yamashinas (an Imperial family branch) and is called "Yamashina Betsuin". Bifukumonin, the Emperess of Emperor Toba, was a devout follower of Kobodaishi and buried here at Fudoin, just as she wished in her will, in respect for her life-time contributions to the temple, such as donating Konshi-Kindei Amida-kyo and three Amida statues. At this temple, you can enjoy your meals with a great view of our relaxing and beautiful garden, attend the morning devotional service and read and transcribe scriptures in a quiet environment, far away from traffic. This will be your "ultimate healing experience", which only this historic temple can offer.

The Resident Monk

The resident monk graduated from the Department of English Studies at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies and the Department of Buddhist Studies at Graduate School of Koya-san University. In 1984, he was appointed as the resident monk for Koya-san Syogakuin and then for Fudouin in 1994. He loves gardening and nature.。

[What to See in Fudouin?]

  • Kissentei
    Kisentei was renovated in 1989. This garden offers a nostalgic atmosphere, with fascinating trees in every season, singing birds and sound of water coming out of valley rivers, making you realize how far away you are from the madding crowd of city life. The ultimate quietness at the bottom of the valley is allyours.
  • The Bifukumonin Ryo (The Empresss Bifukumonin Mausoleum)
    Since the Empress of Emperor Toba, Bifukumonin, was buried in the Nishitani mausoleum, now called, "Maruyama Goryo", Fudoin has been in charge of this mausoleum.
  • Fudoin Hondo (Fudoin Main Hall)
    Fudoson is the main worshpped idol. Fudoin Hondo protects Nichirin Daishi Son Zo, Funaita-myouou Hachiman Bosatsu and the memorial tablets of the Kanamoris from Hida Takayama, Shima Castle owners, the Kukis from Mita, Yoshimori Saburo Ise, the Imperial Army parachutists and other followers.
  • The Graves of the Imperial Army Prachutist Officers
    "Carrying the flowers on our shoulders/We'll shoot the sky and colour the clouds/With no regrets about my death just right there/We'll finish like these flowers". On the gravestone, there is only one word carved, "Sora" (Sky), to mourn the deaths of the parachutists. Every September, the memorial service is held by All Japan Air Pegasus (the ex Imperial Parachutists). The graveyard is located to the right of Ichino Hashi at Okunoin.
  • Kuri
    Meals are served at Syoin, facing Kisentei, or one of Wakayama Prefecture's cultural assets, Kuri.
  • Syoin (Study Room)
    This room offers a very quiet environment for you - a perfect space for your meals and transcription of scriptures - with springtime greenery, summertime cicadas and changing foliage in autumn.
  • Gomado
    Gomado was built in 1988. Fudoumyouou is the guardian saint of Gomado. There are two statues of Fudomyo protecting the families related to it. On the Setsubun Festival on February 3rd every year and on 28th every month, a Goma ceremony is held to pray for their safety and luck.
  • Rhododendrons
    Come here in May. You will be amazed at the rhododendrons in full blossom in the garden.
  • Jodan No Ma (The Upper Room)
    With time, Koya-san has also changed significantly. You will realize how historical Koya-san is, by looking the pictures of Mt Koya drawn on the sliding paper doors in the room. What are depicted in the pictures are Tahoto, Fudoin, Irori no Ma, Fudo Goma and so on.

Syojin Ryori - Buddhist Vegetarian Diet

Syojin ryori

Buddhist vegetarian diet - has been developed as a type of vegetarian cuisine, in compliance with non-meat eating rule of Shingon, for many years, and passed on from generation to generation at the Koya temples and monks until today. Taste the natural, meat-free food, and you will see how creative it is, using only a selected range of ingredients. The food itself represents the history of Koya-san. Syojin ryori is based on "monk dishes", whose main aim is to strengthen their mentality but which make full use of seasonal materials to produce the best looking, volume and taste, in accordance with the traditional Five Cooking Rules (raw, boil, grill, fry and steam), the Five Tastes (sweet, sour, spicy, bitter and salty) and the Five Colours (white, yellow, red, blue and black). Anyone can join at the dinner table and enjoy the unique taste of Koya Syojin ryori. At any of the Koya accommodations, "Goma Tofu (sesame tofu)" and "Koya Tofu (See below)" will be served. Both are two great sources of protein and other nourishment. Needless to say, the dishes will be served beautifully and is guaranteed to please visitors.

What is "Koya Tofu"?

It is said that "Koya Tofu" was accidentally invented, when some tofu was left outdoor in the winter time, so, basically, it was the frozen tofu produced at Mt Koya first, and, later, it came to be accepted as "Koya Tofu" as part of Syojin ryori all over the country. The reason why it came to be called "Koya Tofu" is that, in the Edo era, the tourists coming back from Mt Koya brought the tofu as a souvenir.

Koya-san as a World Heritage Site

On July 7th, 2004, Koya-san was registered on the World Heritage list as "a sanctuary of the Kii mountainous region and its trails. Many people from all over the world, including the pilgrims knocking on the doors of "88 Great Temples of Shikoku", pay a visit to Koya-san on a daily basis. There is a sanctuary that cordially welcomes visitors any time, any day, with a Buddha-like compassion - That is the true picture of Koya-san.

Syukubo

"Syukubo" refers to our accommodations inside the temples. Originally, they were only for followers and visitors, but anyone - whether you are alone or with a group - can stay at the relaxing accommodations. In modern society, many people are completely stressed out, and are turning to "Hanya Shinkyo" scriptures and other Buddhist books (both of which are top-selling books) for help. Please come to stay at Fudoin and touch Buddha's compassionate heart. You will definitely make great discoveries and find a great peace of mind.

How to Enjoy "Syukubo" and Fudoin

At Fudoin, you can enjoy your meals, looking at our comfortable and beautiful garden, the morning service and reading or transcribing the scriptures in a quiet environment, so far away from traffic. It will be your "ultimate healing experience". *Please refer to our dinning room, guest rooms, bathrooms and others in the pictures.

Access

[By Train]

Take the Nankai Koya Line from Nanba Station to Koya-san Terminal (From Gokurakubashi, take the cable line). The Express Train - One hour and thirty minutes (4 express train operations a day). The Rapid Train - One hour and fifty minutes (Every 30 minutes).

[By Car]

From Osaka, it is about two hours thirty minutes, by way of Koya-san Doro (Routes 370 and 480) leading from Kudoyama Cho. From Kinan, take the Koya Ryujin Skyline to Koya-san. Form Kansai Airport, it takes about two hours.

[Hiking]

The Koya-san Cho Ishimichi Hiking Trail The Nankai Koya Line Kudoyama Station - Jisonin - Hutatsu Torii - Yatate - Daimon. Distance: Approx. 21km Time to Destination: Approx. six hours.