Murou-ji Temple

Small villages and clusters of traditional farmhouses are dotted around the mountains and forests, encouraging leisurely walks and a chance to renew the spirit. Apparently the famed monk Kobo Daishi compared the area to the legendary Xanadu as the morning fog blanketed Murou-ji Temple and the surrounding houses.

The main attraction is Murou-ji Temple, a beautiful power spot, full of female energy. It was known as the “Koyasan for Women”, when the famous Koyasan temple complex in Wakayama Prefecture was open only to men. Alongside an interesting collection of Buddhist carvings on display in the main hall, the temple is well-known for its beautiful pagoda, which stands 52 feet high, atop a flight of stone steps.