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  • Zentsuji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Zentsujichou 3-3-1
    Zentsuji Temple is the grand head temple of the Shingon sect Zentsuji school, located in Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture. It is the 75th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The area where the temple stands is known as the birthplace of Kobo Daishi (Kukai), and he himself built the temple over a period of six years from 807 with the aid of donations from his father. The temple is noted as one of the three holy sites linked to Kobo Daishi and has drawn worshipers since the olden days. Within the vast temple grounds are housed National Treasures relating to Kobo Daishi and numerous Important Cultural Properties. Saiin, or the Western Temple, is called the birthplace temple and it is here where visitors will find the ordination platform revered as the place of Kobo Daishi’s birth.
  • Jinnein Kannon-ji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Kanonjishi Yahatachou 1-chome 2-7
    This rare holy site features two temples that share a single temple gate. It is located halfway up Mt. Kotohiki in Kotohiki Park, Kannonji City, Kagawa Prefecture. Jinnein Temple is the 68th temple on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and Kannonji Temple is the 69th. It was established by Nissho as an adjunct to Kotohiki Hachimangu, and afterward Kukai built a complete seven-structured temple compound and made Sacred Avalokitesvara the principal image, renaming the temple to Kannonji. In the first year of the Meiji period, the split between Buddhism and Shintoism led Kotohiki Hachimangu to be split into Kotohiki Shrine and Jinnein. Jinnein was relocated to the Saikondo hall of Kannon-ji Temple, situating both on the same grounds. The garden on the slope of the mountain is known as a famous rhododendron spot. There’s also a treasure room that contains many of Jinnein’s precious items and other sights worth seeing.

    Here you will get two temples for the time of visiting one. One temple, Kannonji is really beautiful and gorgeous. The other temple, Jinnein, is an attempt to modernize a temple but sadly did not do...

  • Motoyamaji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Mitoyoshi Toyonakachoumotoyama Kou 1445
    This is a Koyasan Shingon school temple in Toyonaka-cho in Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture and is 70th temple of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It was built in 807 by Kobo Daishi at the behest of Emperor Heizei. It is legend that the main hall was built in one night. The principal object of worship is the Hayagriva which is said to have been made by Daishi. The current main hall was reconstructed in 1300 with a tiled hip roof and is designated as a national treasure. There are many things to see in the grounds including a five-storied pagoda, a guardian god hall and a hall with an enshrined statue of Kobo Daishi. It is famous for its Cucumber Blessing held every year in July on the day of the ox.

    Motoyamaji was built in the year 807 is considered a National Treasure. There is also a legend that the temple was protected by a huge swarm of bees when Chousokabe Motochika (1539-1599), a daimyo...

  • Komatsuozan Fudokoin Daiko-ji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Mitoyoshi Yamamotochoutsuji 4209
    The Komatsuozan Fudokoin Daiko-ji Temple is a temple belonging to the Zentsu-ji school of Shingon Buddhism, located in the Yamamoto Town of Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture; it is the 67th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The Daiko-ji Temple was originally founded as a branch temple of the Todai-ji Temple in Nara, but was subsequently reestablished by Kobo Daishi. At one point in its history the temple changed its adherence to the Tendai school of Buddhism, under the influence of the monk Saicho (the founder of Tendai Buddhism); as a result, the temple precincts now house both the Shingon Buddhist Kobo Daishi Hall and the Tendai Buddhist Tendai Daishi Hall. The statue of Kongo Rikishi (a Buddhist guardian deity), which according to tradition was carved by the master sculptor Unkei, is believed to be the largest statue of its kind in any temple in Shikoku. Also worth seeing are the Shichinichi Tomyo votive candles, which are believed to help worshippers protect themselves from illness, ensure smooth childbirth, and increase the likelihood of having a happy marriage, etc., and the huge Japanese Torreya trees and Camphor trees, which are said to have been planted by Kobo Daishi.

    寺院や堂塔の印象は薄いが、寺院の縁起と経緯はなかなかユニークなものです。二つの宗派が併存していた寺院で東大寺の末寺と位置付けられています。真言宗と天台宗が併存していた寺院です。ここも四国の分不相応な破壊者、長曾我部により焼失させられた寺院。仁王門の金剛力士像は運慶作とも云われています。

  • Gosho-ji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Ayautagunutaduchou 1435
    The Gosho-ji Temple is the 78th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. Unusually for the temples included in the Pilgrimage, the Gosho-ji Temple belongs to the Ji-shu school of Buddhism. It was originally founded in 725 by the bodhisattva Gyoki as a temple dedicated to Amida Nyorai (the Amitabha Buddha). Subsequently, Kobo Daishi visited the site, carved a statue of himself, and built a monastery. The wooden statue, which came to be known as Yakuyoke Udatsu Daishi, attracted larger numbers of worshippers for many years. Subsequently, many famous monks—including Rigen Daishi and Keishin Sozu—visited the Temple to meditate. In 1288, Ippen Shonin (the founder of the Ji-shu school of Buddhism) visited the Gosho-ji Temple, and established a hall for Odori-nenbutsu (a form of Buddhist incantation that involves dancing, drumming and chanting). As a result, the Gosho-ji Temple became a temple where both the Shin-shu and Ji-shu schools of Buddhism were practiced.

    A very good temple to visit if you want to see one that is not so much on the tourist "radar". This is one of the temples on the pilgrimage which is truly inspiring to visit. A bit of a hike up the...

  • Koyama-ji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Hirotachou 1765-1
    The Koyama-ji Temple is the 74th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, when Kobo Daishi was looking for a suitable site for a temple, an old man appeared to him and told him to build the temple at the spot where he was currently standing. Kobo Daishi carved a statue of Bishamonten (one of the Four Heavenly Kings) and placed it in a cave to be worshipped. Subsequently, an order was received from the court to repair the Manno-ike, the largest irrigation reservoir in Shikoku. Kobo Daishi went to the cave and prayed that the repair work could be completed successfully; large numbers of people who revered Kobo Daishi came together to undertake the work, which was finished without any problems. Tradition has it that part of the reward paid by the court for the successful completion of the repair work was used to build the Koyama-ji Temple. The original statue of Bishamonten still survives, situated in a cave at the rear of the Temple’s Daishi Hall.

    The approach to this temple is far from encouraging, as it winds between love hotels and past a large cement factory (though the latter was much to the delight of my preschool son, it left our car...

  • Tennoji Temple
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    22 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Nishinoshouchou Emperor 1713-2
    This temple is 79th of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is said to have been founded by Gyogi Bosatsu then revived by Kobo Daishi. As a miracle was performed at the time, it is said to have flourished for a long time. Its ingo temple title was Shoko-in but as the mausoleum for the Emperor Sutoku, famous for having turned in to a vengeful spirit, was built and memorial services were held here, the name was changed to Tennoji (The Emperor’s Temple). It is famous for its rare design that looks like the three gates are joined together.

    Tennoji Temple shares its grounds with a Shinto shrine, so it is a kind of two-in-one for visitors coming to check out this very lovely site. History says that this is the site where the body of...

  • Doryu-ji Temple
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    24 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Nakatadoguntadotsuchou Kitagamo 1-3-30
    The Doryu-ji Temple is the 77th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, the Temple was founded when Wakino Michikata, the local ruler, carved a statue of the Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) from a large mulberry tree and built a temple to install it in. There is a mystical legend associated with this mulberry Buddha statue. Curious about a strange light that the mulberry tree was emitting every night, Wakino Michikata shot an arrow at the tree, and killed his old nurse by mistake. Overcome with grief, Wakino Michikata carved a Buddha statue from the tree to pray to, and his nurse subsequently came back to life.

    四国霊場第77番札所、真言宗醍醐派寺院、本尊は薬師如来。境内全体にコンパクトに沢山の像や堂宇が配置されています。遍路寺ばかりを一日に何か寺も遍路しているとどちらか云うと印象には残り難い寺院です。何周も遍路している私でもそう感じました。

  • Shushakaji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Yoshiwarachou 1091
    Located around 10 minutes’ drive from JR Zentsu-ji Station, the Shushaka-ji Temple is associated with legends about Kobo Daishi. It is the 73rd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, when Kobo Daishi was seven years old he jumped off a cliff, and was rescued by a celestial maiden; the Shashingadake-zenjo Inner Temple was built in gratitude for this event. The Inner Temple is situated around 50 minutes’ walk from the main hall, but it can also be reached by car; on the way, visitors pass by a grove of Japanese cypress trees that have been designated for special preservation by Kagawa Prefecture, the Yosano Akiko and Hiroshi Garden, and Yanagai-no-mizu. From the Inner Temple, there are superb views of the Sanuki Plain and the Seto Inland Sea.
  • Shiromineji Temple
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    32 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Oumichou 2635
    Approximately 20 minutes by car via Sakaide Kita Interchange, Takamatsu-danshi Interchange. This old temple sits on the hillside of Mt. Shiromine in Goshikidai—holy mount of Kagawa Prefecture. It is the 81st temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and its primary image is Senju Kannon, with protector gods from Eto zodiac venerated in their own respective halls. It is adjacent to the only Imperial mausoleum in Shikoku—Mt. Shiromine—so the Shiromine Daigongen (Sagamibo), one of Japan’s 8 Tengus, is also adored here. On the main path, you can enjoy the grand views of Seto and the Chigo-no-taki Waterfall—the tallest in the prefecture. Most of the buildings are Important Cultural Properties, and with cherry blossoms in spring, hydrangeas in summer, and colored leaves in fall, there is always something to see here.

    The weathered stone leading up to the temple, as well as the incredible views from the top, make this a wonderful walking/hiking location. The pine and cedar trees are all around, and whether you...

  • Mandaraji Temple
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    25 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Yoshiwarachou 1380-1
    This temple in Zentsuji City belongs to the Zentsuji sect of Shingon Buddhism. It is the 72nd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. Its origins are old, established in 596 as the family temple for the Saeki clan—a powerful clan in Sanuki region. Then, after Kobo Daishi returned from Tang (China), he paid homage to the Dainichi-Nyorai here, and set up the Diamond World and Womb Realm World mandalas, renaming it “Mandala Temple.” The grounds had nurtured an “undying pine” called “Kasamatsu” —thought to have been 1200 years old—but it was cut down due to insect damage. An image of Daishi was later carved into its trunk, and is lovingly called “Kasamatsu Daishi.”

    While this temple is not as huge, or spread out, as other temples, it has something that is pretty cool to check out. In this temple you can see the Tibetan sand maps of the cosmos, and that alone...

  • Iyadaniji Temple
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    24 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Mitoyo-shi Minocho Omi-Otsu 70
    A flight of 540 steps lead to the mountain top main temple of Iyadaniji Temple. It's one of the top three sacred spots in Japan according to some rankings and the 71st temple on 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Known for its difficult access, worshiping there is thought to help ward off illness. These days a shuttle bus is available for those who don't want to make the climb.

    This is the temple you may have seen in your dreams. It is simply ethereal as you travel up the steps through the mountain path to the temple itself. Carved partially into the mountain, there are...

  • Konzoji Temple
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    30 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Konzoujichou 1160
    "Known to locals as ""Okaruten-san,"" since ancient times people have come to pray at this Buddhist temple for luck in conceiving children, easy childbirth, and the protection of children and women. The temple is dedicated to the Buddhist deity Hariti, also known as Kishimojin. Prior to praying at the temple, worshippers purify themselves with pomegranate scented incense. This incense serves as a symbol of the temple; its fragrance is also highly relaxing, and the incense makes a great gift or souvenir."

    Just a 3 kilometre walk from temple 75 or a 5 minute train ride, this small but appealing temple is well worth a visit. Look for the 7 Gods of Fortune tucked away in the temple grounds, ring the...

  • Hagiwaraji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Kanonjishi Onoharachouhagihara 2742
    This Buddhist temple is the 28th temple on the Shikoku 36 Fudo Temple Pilgrimage, the 16th temple on the Shikoku 20 Bekkaku Temple Pilgrimage, and is the Benzaiten temple on the Shikoku Sanshu Seven Lucky God Temple Pilgrimage. The temple is famous for its Bush Clover Festival held from the second Saturday in September until the last day of the month. During the festival, bush clover plants bloom in profusion, and the grounds bustle with stalls and a flea market. Many of the temple's buildings have been designated Tangible Cultural Properties, include the main temple building.
  • Kannoji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Nakatadogunmannouchou Kanno 45-12
    This Buddhist temple is the 17th temple on 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Records state the great monk Kobo Daishi stayed in this area when repair work was being conducted on Manno Lake, and later this temple was erected to protect the lake. The temple was abandoned after being set on fire during war but a portion of it was rebuilt by supporters in 1934. The temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Bhaisajyaguru.

    日本最大の灌漑用水と知られますため池、満濃池に寄り添うように、建立されています。満濃池が、圧倒されるほど大きいため、その存在感に、かなりひっそりとたたずんでいる感じの霊場です。この霊場には、大師堂はありません。本堂の横の階段を昇って行きますと、大きな弘法大師像があります。

  • Kaiganji Temple
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    12 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Nakatadoguntadotsuchou Nishishirakata 997
    A Buddhist temple connected to the birth of the great priest Kobo Daishi and a part of the Shikoku 20 Bekkaku Temple Pilgrimage, Shikoku 36 Fudo Temple Pilgrimage, and the Sanuki Zodiac Pilgrimage. The temple is famous for always holding a homa ceremony to pray to Acala conducted by mountain Acala priests each month on the 28th, the day of Acala, from 10 a.m. It is said that all kinds of prayers and wishes are granted by coming in contact with the air purified by the ceremonial fires.

    四国別格20霊場第18番札所、海岸寺さんです。正式名称では、屏風浦海岸寺となっています。その言われは、本堂から石畳を進みますと裏手側に、穏やかな海の瀬戸内海が広がります。その浜から見上げます山々は、まるで立て方屏風のような形をしていることから、その浜を屏風の浜と呼ばれています。そのことから屏風浦海岸寺さんとなっているようです。このお寺は、本堂と奥の院の大師堂が、かなり離れていますので、本堂にありま...

  • Shogakuji Temple
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    Kagawa Zentsuji-shi Yogitacho 1313
  • Saigyoan
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    Kagawa Prefecture Zentsuji
  • Heishoji
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    Kagawa Prefecture Mitoyo
  • Hokoji Temple
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    Kagawa Mitoyo-shi

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Japan’s smallest prefecture, Kagawa, may take up just a small corner of Shikoku, but it has grown increasingly popular with the recognition of Naoshima, its "art island" in the Seto Inland Sea between Shikoku and Honshu. Just a stone’s throw from the islands, mainland Kagawa’s prefectural capital, Takamatsu, holds history in its castle ruins and its pride and joy, Ritsurin Garden, is known as one of the country’s best gardens.

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