Kawachinagano is located a quick 30 minutes from the center of Osaka by train. This region was wealthy and prosperous in the middle ages.
With Buddhist culture flourishing around Kongo-ji and Kanshin-ji temples, the area also served as a critical hub of trade, with many people coming and going, and was a political center with a temporary residence for imperial visits…
Kawachinagano is to this day overflowing with cultural heritage and historic sites that embody that history.
A town that will allow you to travel back in time to the middle ages. A town that will amaze and delight you the more you walk through it.
Guaranteed to make a satisfying vacation!
[Hino-zan Kanshin-ji Temple]
A temple established in 701 by En no Gyoja, the founder of Shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism), and later used as a Shingon sect training hall by sect founder Kobo-Daishi (Kukai). Famous for being a place of study for Kusunoki Masashige during the Nanboku-cho Period (14th).
[Amano-san Kongo-ji Temple]
This temple is said to have been established by Gyoki at the order of Emperor Shomu in the Nara Period. It is also said that Kukai practiced esoteric Buddhism here. As the temple was open to women, it is also known by the name Nyonin Koya (Mt. Koya for women), Amano Angu.
The Koya Kaido are roads that were used for making pilgrimages from Kyoto and Osaka to Mt. Koya. Since four Koya Kaido roads come together in Kawachinagano, the town has a prosperous history as a place for weary travelers to stay overnight. The road from Nagano to Mikkaichi has a streetscape that is particularly steeped in history.
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