The Koyasan Reihokan Museum has one of the gorinto on display, showing Sanskrit characters written on each of the five sections, as well as the paper found stored within it containing a blessing or mantra.
According to inscirptions on one of the wooden boxes found, a total of 15,218 items were originally part of the stored collection. Another inscription dates the items to the seventh year of the Tenpo era (1830–44). Yet another inscription refers to 84,000 towers, this number being used often in Buddhism to simply represent an extremely large number.
The five levels of the towers represent the five elements: earth, water, fire, wind, and space. Gorinto can be found across Japan today, most often made of stone and serving as grave markers, funerary monuments, and reliquaries. Each element rises out of the one beneath it, earth being the heaviest and space being the lightest.