Fudoin is a temple based on the teaching of Fudomyo-o (a saint who is the symbol of determination), founded as one of the twelve temples by Saiko, a high monk, in Nishitani in 906 and located in the southern part of the centre of the mountain, which a very convenient area for a visit. The temple is also known as the main temple for the Yamashinas (an Imperial family branch) and is called "Yamashina Betsuin". Bifukumonin, the Emperess of Emperor Toba, was a devout follower of Kobodaishi and buried here at Fudoin, just as she wished in her will, in respect for her life-time contributions to the temple, such as donating Konshi-Kindei Amida-kyo and three Amida statues. At this temple, you can enjoy your meals with a great view of our relaxing and beautiful garden, attend the morning devotional service and read and transcribe scriptures in a quiet environment, far away from traffic. This will be your "ultimate healing experience", which only this historic temple can offer.
Buddhist vegetarian diet - has been developed as a type of vegetarian cuisine, in compliance with non-meat eating rule of Shingon, for many years, and passed on from generation to generation at the Koya temples and monks until today. Taste the natural, meat-free food, and you will see how creative it is, using only a selected range of ingredients. The food itself represents the history of Koya-san. Syojin ryori is based on "monk dishes", whose main aim is to strengthen their mentality but which make full use of seasonal materials to produce the best looking, volume and taste, in accordance with the traditional Five Cooking Rules (raw, boil, grill, fry and steam), the Five Tastes (sweet, sour, spicy, bitter and salty) and the Five Colours (white, yellow, red, blue and black). Anyone can join at the dinner table and enjoy the unique taste of Koya Syojin ryori. At any of the Koya accommodations, "Goma Tofu (sesame tofu)" and "Koya Tofu (See below)" will be served. Both are two great sources of protein and other nourishment. Needless to say, the dishes will be served beautifully and is guaranteed to please visitors.
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