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    Kimii-dera Temple is a Buddhist temple in Wakayama that is famous for its early flowering cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Kimii-dera Temple also features a climb of 231 steps from its tower gate up to the temple. This raised vantage point then provides panoramic views of Wakanoura Bay. Kimii-dera Temple was established in 770AD by Chinese monk and holy priest, Iko. Kimii-dera Temple’s close proximity to Wakayama Castle ment that it was used by successive lords over the years. The main hall, constructed around 1755, contains a two story pagoda which was donated by the 10th Lord Harutomi.

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