Cultural Assets-Sutra Mounds

Mount Daifuku Hiyuhon / Mount Unzan Hiyuhon (Sutra mound #3)

There are two theories as to the location of sutra mound #3. One is that it is near the summit of Mount Daifuku, as described in old documents like the Katsurei-zakki (a guidebook on Katsuragi Shugen published in 1850) and the Shozan-engi (a record of Shugendo mountains compiled in the early 12th century). Mount Daifuku is associated with Hon’ei-ji Temple, which is at the foot of the mountain. On the mountaintop, you’ll find an old stone monument saying “Daifukusan” (Mount Daifuku) and a mini shrine dedicated to Benten, a Buddhist goddess of literature and music.
The other posited location of the mound is at the summit of Mount Unzan, on the eastern ridge of Mount Daifuku. A mini shrine of stacked stones there is believed to be sutra mound #3. The Kii Shoku-fudoki (an early 19th century geography record) states that the place was a Shugendo training site.


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Nougawa, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama Prefecture / Ochiai, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama Prefecture


2 hour walk from JR Yamanakadani Station or JR Musota Station