Ishite-ji Temple

Located in the Ishite district of Matsuyama City, the Ishite-ji Temple is a Buzan sect Shingon Buddhist temple. The temple’s formal name is Kumano-san Kokuzo-in; it is the 51st temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The Ishite-ji Temple is famous for its association with Emon Saburo, a renowned early pilgrim who according to legend was reborn so that he could help restore the temple. The temple was first built in 728 by Ochino Tamazumi, the lord of Iyo Province. Initially, it was a Hosso school Buddhist temple, named the Anyo-ji Temple. However, following a visit by the monk Kukai in 813, it was transformed into a Shingon Buddhist temple. Besides the Niomon gate (a designated National Treasure), the Ishite-ji Temple also has several Important Cultural Properties, including the Hon-do (main hall) and a three-storey pagoda.

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  • Statues in Cave
    4.0 Reviewed : 2023.11.26
    This has to be one of the most intriguing temples Ive visited in Japan. There are countless statues and theres so much to discover. I absolutely loved the cave at the back with all the statues...
  • Free entry to sprawl of shrines and caves
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.07.29
    I came in from the east side and came across lots of stone statues. It’s a bit of a mess in that end with cardboard boxes and everything looking a bit ill-kept. Lots of caves and strong smell of...
  • Interesting experience
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.04.25
    I like visiting temples and shrines in Japan and by now have seen hundreds, and the reviews for this one made me very interested to visit. It is a strange shrine and much of it looks very neglected...

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