Kimiidera monastery, (in) Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture, JP

Raw data

Kimiidera is said to have been founded in 770 on Mount Nagusa in the district of Ama in Kii Province by a Chinese monk Ikô from the T’ang Dynasty temple Seiryûji (Qinglong). It was also known as Mii-dera because of three sacred springs of water in the precincts. Later, it became the second of 33 temples of the Saikoku Kannon pilgrimage of the orthodox (kogi) Shingon sect.

-“Temple Kimii-dera AP15693”

Input by: Lizbeth H. Piel, July 14, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 31 Aug 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kimiidera monastery, JP.

General location of the Kimiidera monastery, JP.
lat=34.1852 long=135.1900
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20JP)&ll=34.1852,135.1900&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kimiidera. Alternative English spelling: Kimii-dera

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Japan: Wakayama Prefecture

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 34.1852, Long 135.1900 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps and satellite imagery of - tmciolek, 17 Jul 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

  • Wakayama-shi (city), Kimiidera

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Shingon

11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 0767-99c - tmciolek 31 Aug 2013
0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • In the Heian period (794-1185), Emperor Kazan designated Kimiidera to be the second locus for the worship of Saikaku Kannon in a network of Shingon temples -Uryû (2003: 238)

13. Date-late

  • The gate and the pagoda date to the Muromachi period (1392-1573). The other buildings date to the Edo period (1600-1868) - 紀三井寺

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 31 Aug 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Documents, architecture

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

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