Garan Sacred Area

Koyasan’s Danjo Garan temple complex is one of the most revered religious sites in all of Japan. Established by the holy monk Kobo Daishi as an educational center of Buddhist teachings, the site still actively hosts a monastic school and worshippers. It features eight impeccably photogenic temples and pagodas and several fascinating monuments dedicated to the Buddha and his philosophy. A walking tour of the buildings will reveal the intricacies of Japanese architecture. Also, many stories of the history of Garan Sacred Area unravel here.

Perhaps the most famous one of the eight buildings in the Garan Sacred Area is Konpon Daito. It is a vermillion pagoda that soars 45 meters from the ground. It steals the hearts of visitors with its picture-perfect appearance. With the entire site modeled after a mandala, a meditative object or guide common in Buddhist practice, Konpon Daito is the center. 

A few yards away is another highlight among travelers, the Kondo also referred to as the Golden Hall. It shelters Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of medicine. Although the actual statue is away from sight, you will get to observe the mandalas and paintings of Bodhisattvas adorning the walls. Myo shrine is also a worthy structure, fascinating viewers not with its humble appearance but with its symbolic significance. Beyond being one of the few Shinto sites in the area, it is home to the impressive pictures of a female mountain goddess and her hunter son. The peace and quiet of Garan seem to escalate even more in this particular temple.

Garan Sacred Area Gallery

Tours visiting the Garan Sacred Area

NEW TRIP

Highlights of Japan

8 Days

new trip

No reviews yet

from

$3799

$1520

NEW TRIP

Japan Explorer

10 Days

new trip

No reviews yet

from

$5259

$2104

NEW TRIP

Ultimate Japan

14 Days

new trip

No reviews yet

from

$6289

$2516

Why Book With Travel Talk

At Travel Talk our passion is providing unforgettable adventures and unique experiences for, and with, avid travellers like you. That’s why we only run tours to the most breath-taking destinations which we specialise in. Each tour is designed to take you to the heart of a new authentic culture.The wellbeing and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited have always been our utmost priority. We are committed to ensuring your peace of mind with our enhanced Safe Travels protocols and Special Flexible Conditions, so that you can book and travel with confidence.

Open until midnight

+44 20 809 995 96
[email protected]

Monday - Friday: 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
W. Europe