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  • Chikurin-ji Temple
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    192 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Godaisan 3577
    The Chikurin-ji Temple is a Shingon Buddhist temple of the Chizan school, located on Godai-san (Mt. Godai) in Kochi City. The temple’s full formal name is Godai-san Konjiki-in Chikurin-ji. The temple was founded by the monk Gyoki in 724; it was designated by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) as one of the temples included in the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and subsequently became known as one of the most renowned ancient temples in the Tosa region. The main object of veneration in the temple is a statue of Monju Bosatsu (the bodhisattva Manjushri), who is associated with insight and wisdom, so students often come to the temple to pray for success in their exams. Besides the main hall, the Daishi-do hall, the five-storied pagoda, and the garden (which is reputed to have been created by the master garden planner Muso Kokushi) are all worth seeing. The temple houses a considerable number of designated Important Cultural Properties.

    This experience was hard to put into words. We were in Japan from America for two weeks of business and managed to squeak in some sight-seeing. About half that time was in Kochi, which was...

  • Kongofuku-ji Temple
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Ashizurimisaki 214-1
    Kongofuku-ji Temple is a Buzan school Shingon Buddhist temple located in Tosa-Shimizu City near the southernmost point in Shikoku. The temple’s formal name is Sada-zan Fudaraku-in; it is the 38th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is situated halfway up a hill, looking out over Cape Ashizuri. According to legend, the temple was founded in 822 when the monk Kukai carved a statue of Senju Kannon (Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, with One Thousand Arms) here on the orders of the Saga Emperor. In the Heian period, the Kongofuku-ji Temple was visited by large numbers of Kannon worshippers; visitors to the temple during this period included emissaries from the consort of the Go-Fukakusa Emperor, and the poet Izumi Shikibu.

    The famous temple 38 on the Shikoku pilgrimage route, revered place of contemplation and blessing. I particularly enjoyed the wild rock garden and the smaller shrines and images of the Buddha sound...

  • Iwamotoji Temple
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    39 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunshimantochou Shigekushimachi 3-13
    This temple belongs to the Chisan sect of Shingon Buddhism and is located in Shimanto Town in Takaoka County, Kochi Prefecture, and it is the 37th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that the Buddhist priest Gyoki founded it between 729 and 749, and it is known for its “seven wonders” that are associated with Kukai. There are principal images of five deities: Acala, Kannon, Amitabha, Bhaisajyaguru, and Ksitigarbha. The temple grounds contain the oldest hall with an enshrined statue of Kobo Daishi, as well as 575 ceiling paintings that adorn the main hall, constructed in 1978.

    今日の天候では如何に良い寺院へ参拝していても「良さ」は半減しますね。それほど旅行とかお遍路では天気が大切です。荒天では楽しさも半減以下となります。その大昔には雨になり、風になり、遍路したらいいじゃないか、と云うようなことも云われたらしいが、何も命を懸けて信者としてお遍路している訳でもないし・・・時代に合ったお遍路を楽しんでいるだけのいい加減な「先達」の私ですから好天でないとバスから下車する気にもな...

  • Shakki-zan Enkoji Temple
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    Kouchi Pref. Sukumoshi Hiratachou Nakayama 390
    This temple belongs to the Chisan sect of Shingon Buddhism and is located in Hirata Town in Sukumo City, Kochi Prefecture, and it is the 39th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The honorific “Shakki-zan” mountain name affixed to the temple name originated in the year 911, when legends say a red turtle carried a copper temple bell here from the Dragon Palace. The bell is inscribed with the date 911 as well, and it is a National Important Cultural Property. The temple was constructed long ago. It is said that Gyoki sculpted the principal image of Bhaisajyaguru in 724, as well as built 12 residences for the Buddhist priests. On the temple grounds, there’s a stone statue of a large red turtle as well as a fountain associated with Kukai known as the “eyewash well” and said to cure eye ailments.
  • Sekkeiji Temple
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Nagahama 857-3
    This temple belongs to the Rinzai sect of Myoshinji Temple and is located in Nagahama in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, and it is the 33rd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It was built in 815 by Kukai as Kofukuji Temple of the Shingon sect, and Chosokabe Motochika, a Sengoku daimyo of Tosa, changed its affiliation to the Rinzai sect. Afterward, it became the family temple of the Chosokabe family and was renamed Sekkeiji Temple. Enshrined at the temple are the principal image of Bhaisajyaguru with flanking samurai, sculpted by Unkei in the Kamakura period, as well as the triad Vaisravana sculpted by Tankei, which have been designated National Important Cultural Properties.

    八十八か所の第三十三番札所です。あまり派手さもなり地味なお寺でこういうお寺が非常に落ち着きます。多くは金の匂いがプンプンなので。

  • Manisan Kokubunji Temple
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    28 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Nankokushi Kokubu 546
    This is a Shingon school Chisan-ha temple in Kokubu in Nankoku City, Kochi Prefecture and is 29th temple of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The entire grounds are designated as a national historic site. It is one of the 68 kokubunji temples that Emperor Shomu built across the country and was established with the thousand-armed kannon that Gyoki made himself in 741 as the principal object of worship. It was later restored by Kobo Daishi as a Shingon school temple. The main hall with its Tenpyo period-style exterior and its interior with features of the Muromachi period, the temple bell and the wooden statue of the Bhaisajyaguru are Nationally Important Cultural Properties. The garden with its beautiful hair moss is also a must-see.

    My friend and I are doing the 88 Temple Pilgrimage by car and we are going to be making multiple trips. We visited this temple last month, on the first segment of our pilgrimage. The temple...

  • Motoo-zan Tanema-ji Temple
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    1 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Harunochouakiyama 72-73
    The Motoo-zan Tanema-ji Temple is the 34th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, around the 6th century a sculptor of Buddhist statues who was traveling by ship from Paekche (in Korea) was caught in a storm, and had to put into harbor near what is now the site of the Tanema-ji Temple. While there, he carved a statue of the Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha), as an offering to ensure a safe journey. Subsequently, Kobo Daishi visited the site and built a temple there, with the statue of the Bhaisajyaguru as the main object of veneration. The Tanema-ji Temple became famous as a temple at which to pray for a smooth childbirth. Pregnant women would visit here and present ladles to the monks; the monks would then remove the lower part of the ladle, offer a prayer, and return it to the woman, in a custom known as “Soko-nuke Hishaku.”

    こちらのサイトを見て初めて存在をしりました。安産のお祈りだそうです。柄杓の底を抜いて二夜三日の安産祈祷をしたものを、お札を添えて妊婦に授けるのだそうです。

  • Io-zan Kiyotakiji Temple
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashi Takaokachou Tei 568-1
    The Io-zan Kiyotakiji Temple is the 35th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, the temple was originally founded in 723 as the Keisanmitsu-in Takumokuji Temple by the bodhisattva Gyoki, who carved a statue of the Yakushi Nyorai Buddha (Medicine Buddha) to serve as the main object of veneration in the temple. At a later date, Kobo Daishi visited the site, and prayed to Akai Gongen and Ryuo Gongen for a good harvest on a rock near the main hall of the temple. On the day when his prayer was answered, Kobo Daishi touched the altar in front of him with his staff, and clear spring-water gushed out, creating a pool with a mirror-like surface, from which the Kiyotakiji Temple takes its name.

    Kiyotaki-ji is temple #26 on the Bandō 33 Kannon pilgrimage circuit, and as far as I can tell, the only reason worth visiting it--but just barely. The main hall is closed even during business hours...

  • Hachiyo-zan Zenjibu-ji Temple
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    26 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Nankokushi Tochi 3084
    The Hachiyo-zan Zenjibu-ji Temple is the 32nd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, the Temple was founded by the bodhisattva Gyoki in the 8th century on the orders of Emperor Shomu, to pray for the safety of ships crossing the sea to and from Tosa. Later on, Kobo Daishi visited the site, and carved a statue of the bodhisattva Kannon with eleven faces to serve as the main object of veneration for the Temple. During the era when this region was administered as part of the Tosa domain, successive lords of the domain maintained a close relationship with the Zenjibu-ji Temple, coming here to pray for a safe journey whenever they had to travel by sea when returning to Edo to fulfill their responsibilities under the alternate attendance system (which required the lords of each domain to spend half of their time in Edo). The Temple is familiarly known as “Minen-ji” or “Mine-ji” by locals, because of its location on Mt. Mine.

    四国八十八か所の第三十二番札所です。少し入り組んで上がったところにございました。歩き遍路ですので最後の道はなかなかこたえました。

  • Dodo-zan Zenraku-ji Temple
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Ikkushinane 2-23-11
    The Dodo-zan Zenraku-ji Temple is the 30th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. During the period when the boundaries between Shintoism and Buddhism were relatively fluid, Kobo Daishi established the Zenraku-ji Temple as a Betto-ji (Buddhist temple associated with a Shinto shrine) of the Takagamo Daimyojin Shrine (the most prestigious Shinto shrine in the Tosa region). The Temple received protection from the Tosa domain, and flourished for many years. However, the Temple was closed down during the anti-Buddhist movement of the Meiji period; it was reestablished in 1929. The statue of Kobo Daishi in the Temple is known as Yakuyoke Daishi. The statue of Jizo (the Protector of Children) in the Koyasu Jizo Hall within the Temple precincts is also said to have been modeled on Kobo Daishi.
  • Hokai-zan Dainichi-ji Temple
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    27 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kounanshi Noichichoubodaiji 476
    The Hokai-zan Dainichi-ji Temple is the 28th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It was founded in the 8th century when the bodhisattva Gyoki carved a statue of the Dainichi-Nyorai Buddha to serve as the main object of veneration for the Temple. The Temple was later abandoned; according to tradition, it was reestablished when Kobo Daishi visited the site and carved a statue of the Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) out of a large Camphor tree with his fingernails. The Temple’s statue of the Konzaikai Dainichi Nyorai Buddha in a seated posture, which is said to have been carved by the bodhisattva Gyoki, has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The Hon-do (main hall), the renovation of which was completed in 1997, is made entirely of wood, fitted together without requiring the use of a single nail.

    Temple 28 on the Shikoku 88 temple trail. Peaceful and quiet. Temple shop right across the street.

  • Kongochoji Temple
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    30 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Moto Otsu 523
    This temple is 26th of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is said that Kobo Daishi made the Bhaisajyaguru at the behest of Emperor Heizei and the temple was established with this at the principal object of worship. It was originally a temple that did not allow women therefore they had to worship at the women’s temple that had been built around four kilometers away. It has several Buddhist statues including the wooden seated statue of Amitabha stored in the repository and which have been designated as Nationally Important Cultural Properties. There is a large red pot called the Ichiryu Manbai Pot and it is said Kobo Daishi saved the people from starvation by cooking rice in the pot and multiplying it by 10,000.

    I was lucky enough to sit for an hour in this temple and experience the amazing shanting and bells and singing that went on. With the aroma of incence burning. A wonderful experience for me to...

  • Dokkozan Shoryuji Temple
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    36 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashi Usachou Ryu 601
    Located 20 minutes by car from Tosa Interchange, this temple is 38th of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is said that when Kobo Daishi studied in China, he prayed to the gods to find suitable locations for sacred places by throwing three ritual implements (a gokosho pestle, a sankosho pestle and a dokkosho pestle); the dokkosho pestle landed here and the temple was founded. The principal object of worship is Namikiri Fudomyo which guards against accidents at sea. It was accessed by boat across Uranouchi Bay until 1973 when the bridge opened. That is why the main hall has many votives of boats. A must-see is the seated statue of Aizenmyoo, a Nationally Important Cultural Property, enshrined in the main hall.

    This temple is #36 as part of the 88 temple tour on Shikoku. There are long stairs but make the effort to spend some time at the Main Temple -Hondo and the Daishidou. A truly mystical place set up...

  • Shinshoji Temple
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotsu 2652 - a
    A temple sitting on the crest of a small mount overlooking Murotsu Port, it is the 25th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and is normally called “Tsuji.” It is said to have originated when Kobo Daishi venerated the mountain as sacred ground because its shape resembled cintamani stones held by jizo Bodhisattva, and then carved a jizo Bodhisattva as the main object of worship. The bell tower gate—along the steep stone steps to the main hall—is reminiscent of the crimson Ryugujo of legend, and known as “Buddha’s Lighthouse.” At the main hall at the top of the stone steps, you get a great view of the sea around Muroto.

    地元に愛されているなと感じられる寺です。色のコンストラクトも良い。眺めも良くアクセスもしやすいので気に入ってます。階段はそこまで段数ありません。

  • Murotozan Myojoin Hotsumisakiji Temple
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    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotomisakichou 4058-1
    This temple is located in Muroto-Anan Kaigan Quasi-National Park in Murotomisaki-cho, Muroto City. The 24th of the 88 temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage, it was the first sacred site? in Kochi Prefecture. The temple is sometimes called Higash-dera (east temple) because of its juxtaposition with Kongochoji, also known as Nishi-dera (west temple), which is located on the western side of Murotomisaki Cape and is the 26th temple on the pilgrimage. The temple enshrines a number of Buddhist images that are nationally-designated Important Cultural Properties including the stone statue of Nyoirin Kannon sitting in half lotus position, the wooden seated statue of Yakushi Nyorai, and the wooden standing statue of the bodhisattvas Candraprabha.

    最御崎寺に宿泊しました。朝、日の出をみるためにゆっくりと境内を散策しました。多宝塔を含めて多くの建物がきとんと整備されて、気持ちよく佇んでいました。

  • Chikurinzan Konomineji Temple
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Akigunyasudachou Tounohama 2594
    This temple on the side of Mt. Kounomine is located in Tounohama, Yasuda Town, Aki County. It is the 27th of 88 temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Originally built during the time of Empress Jingu as a Shinto temple, Buddhist images were later enshrined there together with Shinto deities by the Buddhist priest Gyoki. It was later established as a Buddhist temple by the monk Kobo Daishi. An anecdote exists about the mother of Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of the Mitsubishi zaibatsu, who visited the temple 21 days in a row to wish for her son’s success.

    I was there for the Ohenro. From the base of the mountain, its an hour hike up. I found out (of course, later) that taking the road was much easier than taking the walking ohenro trail. The temple...

  • Daizenji Temple
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    3.0
    12 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Susaki-shi Nishimachi 1-2-1
    This ancient temple is the 5th temple of the Shikoku Bekkaku 20 temples Pilgrimage and the 14th temple of the Shikoku 33 Kannon Temples Pilgrimage. The temple has long been the subjection of devotion by many people as the Futatsuishi Daishi and the Bokefuji (senility prevention) Kannon. The temple grounds offer a sweeping view of the Susaki City and of the Pacific Ocean.

    このサイトは口コミとは名ばかりで、皆が良いと投稿している施設は比較的良い評価をしないと掲載してもらえない様子。個人的嗜好とか物の考え方とか好き嫌いで投稿すると上から目線で掲載を拒否して来る。後々、クレームつけられるのが嫌なんだろうねぇ。寄らば大樹の陰、みたいな口コミばかりで・・・実につまらん。ここは堂塔自体も明治のものだし、それにしては美しくないし、二つの石のお大師さんの物語についても然程、驚くよ...

  • Konrinji Temple
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    Kochi Aki-gun Umajimura Umaji 4281

    平安時代前期に空海が建立したと伝承されている寺院です。当然(無理な話ですが)一夜建立とも云われている薬師堂は重文指定されていました。この堂宇の素晴らしさは色彩で飾ってなくて、木の有する本来の美しさが今に伝わっている点です。構造も垂木を使用せずに軒板だけで軒を支えていると云う全国的にも稀有な構造をしています。使用木材は当然、魚梁瀬の良質な森林から切り出されたものです。境内自由。

  • Seigenji Temple
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    5 Reviews
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Sakawacho Ko 1460

    少人数で、ふらっと訪れるのがオススメです。運が良ければご住職のお話が聴けるかもしれません。 牧野公園の山野草を愛でたあとに静かに眺めると至福の時が訪れます。

  • Jodaiji Temple
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    1 Reviews
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Sakawacho Ko 1746

    真言宗のお寺で創建は約650年前の歴史あるお寺です。佐川城主が400年前に造園された池泉回遊式庭園があり紅葉が綺麗でした。口コミが1件もないのが不思議ですね。画像アップします。11月27日訪問です。

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The largest of Shikoku’s prefectures, Kochi is endowed with some of the island’s most exceptional sand beaches lining the Pacific Ocean, which narrows into the Shimanto-gawa, a huge river that stretches 196 kilometers into the prefecture, passing verdant mountains and hosting countless riverside activities. Whether you’re a pilgrim or not, Kochi’s 16 Buddhist temples that make up one leg of the Shikoku Pilgrimage are worth a visit, particularly Chikurin-ji for its five-tier pagoda.

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