Kongoch-ji is the third of a cluster of pilgrimage temples near the tip of Cape Muroto where Kukai practised austerities as a young man.
The Nio are particularly impressive and seem to have been carved out of a single piece of wood.
The temple was founded by Kukai. The main deity is Yakushi Nyorai. It belonbgs to Shingon.
In the temple grounds is a small museum of whaling artifacts and the temple also owns many objects reputed to belong to Kukai, though these are not usually accessible to visitors.
There are great views down towards the cape.