Temple 02: Kimiidera

紀三井寺

To explore Kimiidera, click on the links at the bottom of this page

About Kimiidera:
Although this temple is formally known as Kongōhōji (“Temple of the Vajra Jewel”), the popular name of “Kimiidera” is because of the three sacred springs (“mi-i”=”three-wells”) within its grounds: the Well of Purity, the Well of Healing, and the Well of Good Fortune. Set high on the hillside overlooking Wakanoura – Bay of Poetry – Kimiidera is most famous for its glorious cherry blossoms whose blooming heralds the official start of spring for the entire Kansai region. The seeds for these centuries-old trees were said to have been given to the temple’s founder by the Dragon King who lives under the sea.
Courtesy of Kimiidera
Photo courtesy of Kimiidera

Kimiidera in spring

General Information about Kimiidera
Honzon and other enshrined images
Places of interest within the temple grounds
Founding story and other legends
Goeika sacred hymn
Directions for getting to Kimiidera