Japan - Koyasan, birthplace of Japanese buddhism (2010)

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(En) Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004, Mt. Koya (Koyasan in Japanese) is the birthplace of Shingon buddhism in Japan. Back from a trip to China, Kukai (also called Kobodaishi) decided in 816 to build the first Shingon Japanese monastery on this isolated plateau. Twelve centuries later, Koyasan is one of the largest buddhist monastic sites in Japan with almost 700 priests. It is said that more than 500 000 worshipers would have their ashes or part of their body buried in the...
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