Kinmon Gate


These towering cliffs, facing each other, are over 50 meters high and are called Kinmon.
Legend has it that Hachidai-Ryuou (eight dragon deities) cut the rocky cliff open. The pilgrims’ guardian god (half-child, half-bird being), swooped in there and named it Kinmon in praise of Shakamuni Buddha’s virtues.
Almost at the same time, people started calling this mountain “Daisen” and regarded these cliffs as the gate to enter a sacred area. People used to walk up through the cliffs to visit Daisenji, though you cannot use the approach anymore.