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  • Okuboji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Tawa Kanewari 96
    Okuboji Temple located in Sanuki City, Kagawa Prefecture is a temple of the Shingon sect Daikakuji school and the 88th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is the place for completing a Shikoku pilgrimage, and the kongozue (sticks) and hats which belonged to pilgrims who completed the pilgrimage are dedicated next to the main hall. It is said that Gyoki established the temple in the Yoro period (717 to 724), and Kobo daishi built an edifice and enshrined a statue of Bhaisajyaguru carved by him later. It was popular for the principal image of Bhaisajyaguru which is said to blow away calamity and sicknesses, and also as a Nyoninkoya where women can access the mountain. The main hall and a two-story tahoto pagoda line up are backed by Taizogamine Peak, and it is said that you can receive the same fortune as with the pilgrimage of the 88 sites when you walk one lap around the Osunafumidojo (sand stepping field) of Daishi hall. It is also well-known for fall foliage.
  • Temple No. 84, Yashimaji Temple
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    159 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Yashimahigashimachi 1808
    The Yashima-ji Temple is an Omuro-sect Shingon Buddhist temple in Takamatsu City. It is the 84th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and is said to have been founded by the monk Ganjin in 754. The Yashima-ji Temple has several Important Cultural Properties, including the Hon-do hall and the temple bell, as well as a wooden statue of a seated Senju Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) which is the main object of veneration in the temple and which can be viewed in the Homotsu-kan (Treasure Hall). Other artifacts on display in the Homotsu-kan include an illustrated scroll of the Genpei Josuiki (an extended version of the Heike Monogotari, or “Tale of the Heike”), a white banner of the Genji clan, and a folding screen painting of the Battle of Yashima.

    This Temple had shrines spread around the site which was very quiet and peaceful in the early morning. A short walk past some shops and a restaurant took us to the Yashima Plateau with its panoramic...

  • Yakuri-ji Temple
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    4.5
    81 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Murechoumure 3416
    The temple is the 85th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage in Mure Town, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. It is located half-way up Mt. Goken and is of the Shingon sect Daikakuji school. Legend has it that when Kobo Daishi, a Japanese Buddhist priest, was completing Gumonjiho training, a method where a person chants the Shingon or “True Word” one million times over 50 days or 100 days, five swords fell from the sky. Daishi buried the five swords as the guardian of the mountain and in 829 he built the temple. It is said that the name of the temple comes from the eight grilled chestnuts Daishi planted that grew. In front of the approaching path where the Shotendo Hall stands, a Buddhist Ganesh Kangiten is enshrined, and it is thought that it brings luck for a prosperous business, academic achievement, and marriage.

    Yakuri is unusual because it is laid out as an X that can be approached two ways:from one direction you enter a Shinto shrine, and from the other, you enter a Buddhist temple. Take time to explore...

  • Hakugyuzan Kokubunji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Kokubunjichoukokubu 2065
    This temple is 80th temple of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is one of the kokubunji temples that Emperor Shomu built across the country in the 8th century. There are four of these in Shikoku and as some of them are designated in the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage, this one is distinguished as Sanuki Kokubunji. It is said to have been established when Gyogi Bosatsu made a giant statue of the eleven-faced kannon there. The entirety of the old grounds has been designated as a nationally important historic site. It is famous for having the oldest temple bell in Shikoku. It is legend that the feudal lord purchased the temple bell and when he tried to install it at his castle, a number of mishaps occurred and he returned it to the temple in the end.
  • Nagao-ji Temple
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    3.5
    40 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Nagaonishi 653
    The Nagao-ji Temple is the 87th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. There are several different stories regarding the Temple’s origins, but the most widely-quoted story is that the Temple was founded when the bodhisattva Gyoki carved a statue of the bodhisattva Kannon and built a temple to install the statue in. Subsequently, when Kobo Daishi was preparing to travel to China to study Buddhist teachings there, he spent a period of seven days at the Temple, starting from New Year, performing the Gomakito fire ceremony to pray for a successful journey. A Daieyo ceremony is still held at the Temple every year on the seventh day of January in commemoration of this event. During this event, there is a competition in which participants compete to see who can carry a huge rice cake, which weighs 150 kilograms and is decorated with the Three Jewels, for the longest distance.

    Here you can see the tomb of a woman named Shizuka Gozen. She was the lover of Minamoto Yoshitsune, and after he died she entered the religious life here. The grounds are very compact and beautiful...

  • Negoro-ji Temple
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    4.5
    50 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Nakayamachou 1506
    The Negoro-ji Temple, which is a mountain temple located on the slopes of Mt. Ao-mine, around 30 minutes’ drive from JR Takamatsu Station, is the 82nd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, the origins of the Temple lie in the Kezoin Temple that Kobo Daishi built to worship the Godai Myo-o (Five Great Wisdom Kings) of Ao-mine. Subsequently, a new temple, the Senju-in Temple, was established nearby to house the statue of the bodhisattva Kannon with “one thousand” arms that was carved by Chiso Daishi from an aromatic tree growing in the Renge-tani Valley; the two temples were combined to create what is now the Negoro-ji Temple. Particularly worth seeing are Kobo Daishi’s statue of the Godai Myo-o, the statue of an Gyuki (cow-headed devil) situated in a corner of the car parking area, and the approximately 33,000 statues of the bodhisattva Kannon arranged along a three-sided cloister just in front of the Hon-do (Main Hall). The path leading up to the Temple is lined by trees, and is a marvelous place to view autumn foliage in the autumn months.

    This is really such a gem of a place to visit, and highly recommended for hikers and nature walkers. The temple is very calm and quiet and is considered by Buddhists as the source of Kagawa...

  • Botaraku-san Shido-ji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Shido 1102
    Located around seven minutes’ walk from JR Shido Station on a site that looks out over Yashima Island and Mt. Gokenzan, facing Shido Bay, Botaraku-san Shido-ji Temple is the 86th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is the oldest of the 88 temples, having been founded in 625. The statue of the bodhisattva Kannon with eleven faces, flanked by guardian attendants Fudo Myo-o (Acala) and Bishamonten (Vaisravana), which was donated to the Temple by Matsudaira Yorishige, the lord of the Sanuki domain, the statues of the Nioh Guardians which were carved by Unkei, the Hon-do (Main Hall) and the Nioh Gate are all designated Important Cultural Properties. There is no admission charge for entry to the Kyokusui-shiki Garden, a garden constructed in the Muromachi period which resembles a traditional landscape painting and which is located in a corner of the Temple precincts, or to the Muzen-tei Garden, a Zen-style dry landscape garden.
  • Ichinomiyaji Temple
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Ichinomiyachou 607
    An old temple located in the center of Ichinomiya Town, Takamatsu City, Ichinomiyaji Temple is the 83rd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The Sho-Kannon bodhisatva placed in the main hall as the primary deity worshipped is thought to have been carved by Kobo Daishi when his visited this area during the construction of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The best sight may be the camphor tree-focused garden built along the worship road. It was created by Kyoto’s famous gardener, Minoru Fujii and it gives you deeper healing and more varied emotions each time you visit.

    This temple is really quite lovely. Rebuilt in 1701 it still is old enough to enjoy and feel the tone and mood of the ohenro (pilgrim) experience. Noted for it being the place of the Medicine...

  • Honenji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Busshouzanchou A 3215
    This Buddhist temple has a five tiered pagoda whose construction was completed in 2011. The temple is located on the site of the temple that became the home of the great monk and priest Honen after he was exiled to Shikoku at the age of 75. The Sanbutsudo main hall enshrines a statue of the Buddha lying down and represents his entering Nirvana; the statue is surrounded by 52 additional almost life-sized statues of people and animals.
  • Kozaiji Temple
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    11 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Kouzainishimachi 211
    This ancient Buddhist temple was founded in the distant Nara period by the great priest Gyoki. After the temple was relocated to its current location and rebuilt by Kobo Daishi in the Heian period, it suffered numerous accidental fires, but even today large numbers of worshippers come here. The temple is the 19th temple on the Shikoku 20 Bekkaku Temple Pilgrimage, and the temple's statue of Vaisravana created in the Heian period has been designated an Important Cultural Property.

    縁起では、奈良時代に行基が、この地の近くの勝賀山の麓に、勝賀寺として創建されたのが始まりだそうで、その後、平安初期に、弘法大師様が、地蔵菩薩像を刻み本尊としてこの地に移って来たそうです。

  • Sannomiyanatumaturi
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    Kagawa Pref. Higashikagawashi Umayado 414-2
  • Tukaharabaremikoshi
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    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Nagaonishi
  • Hondahachimanguakinotaisai
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    Kagawa Pref. Higashikagawashi Hiketa 2873
  • Go Kenzan Hachi Kuridera (Dai 85Ban pilgrim stamp office)
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    Kagawa Takamatsu-shi Murecho Mure 3416
  • Shido Ji (Dai 86Ban pilgrim stamp office)
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    Kagawa Sanuki-shi Shido 1102
  • Eikokuji Temple
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    Kagawa Higashikagawa-shi Minato 1677-35
  • Endoriyamawashiminedera
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Kokubunjichoukashihara 632-3

    高松市も一番西部となります国分寺町にありますお寺です。一応、道路表札などはありますが、あまり知られていないお寺です。一応、四国八十八ヶ所の根来寺の奥の院でもありますが、あまり訪れる方もなく、ひっそりとしています。しかし、このお寺、鑑真さんに由来するお寺で、インドの鷲峰山に似ているために鷲峰寺と名付けられたのだとか、また、こちらの木造の四天王立像は、奈良の世界遺産、興福寺の四天王寺立像とも関係してい...

  • Gankoji Temple
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    Kagawa Sanuki-shi Zotakorehiro 1248
  • Gokurakuji Temple
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    Kagawa Sanuki-shi Nagao Higashi 1194
  • Kokenji
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    7 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Nishikimachi 2-chome 4-29

    JR高松駅から徒歩10分のところにある高野山真言宗の寺院です。黒い土塀で囲まれた素敵な寺院です。8月に高松駅近辺の神社仏閣を巡った時に参拝しました。境内は自由に拝観できます。この寺院は、説明書きによると今から約400年前に讃岐初代藩主生駒親正公の位牌と墓を守る為に二代藩主生駒一正公により当時廃寺となっていた法勲寺をこの地に移して創建した寺院とのことです。境内には、山門、弁天堂(お堂の前には恵比寿...

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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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