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Kōya-san , Japan
admission to each bldg ¥200
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In this temple complex of several halls and pagodas, the most important buildings are the Dai-tō and Kondō . The Dai-tō, rebuilt in 1934 after a fire, is said to be the centre of the lotus-flower mandala formed by the eight mountains around Kōya-san. It's well worth entering the Dai-tō to see the Dainichi-nyōrai (Cosmic Buddha) and his four attendant Buddhas. It's been repainted and is an awesome sight. The nearby Sai-tō was most recently rebuilt in 1834 and is more subdued.