Cultural Assets-Temples and Shrines

Tennyosan Shoraku-ji Temple

Located in Kono at the foot of Nanakoshi-toge Pass, the temple enshrines statues of the buddha Amida Nyorai and the monk Kukai. The Benten-do, which is located behind the main hall, houses images of the deities Benzaiten, Juroku Doji, Bishamonten, and Daikokuten. These statues are shown to the public as part of a ritual every March. The Katsurei-zakki (a guidebook on Katsuragi Shugen published in 1850) notes that the temple included “a stone where En no Gyoja placed his backpack (Oitate-ishi Stone), a stone on which he sat (Koshikake-ishi Stone), and Tsubo-no-i (a well).” Two large stones remaining in the southern part of the precincts are thought to be Oitate-ishi and Koshikake-ishi. On the 1,150th anniversary of En no Gyoja’s death in 1849, the noble Shogoin no Miya stopped at the temple on his return trip and was given lunch by the villagers.


Katsuragi Tourism Association 0736-22-0300


Higashitani, Katsuragi-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture


25 min. drive from Katsuragi-nishi IC on Keinawa Expressway; or take a Katsuragi Town DRT Taxi and get off at Kurumidani and walk 20 minutes


— (The buildings are closed to visitors.)




None (Please refrain from visiting by car as the area’s roads are narrow.)