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Ishite-ji Temple (石手寺)

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.


Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Ishite 2-9-21 (Matsuyama / DogoArea)

phone 0899770870

Review of Ishiteji

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Reviewed:2019/07/29 Free entry to sprawl of shrines and caves
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...
Reviewed:2019/04/25 Interesting experience
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...
Reviewed:2018/12/31 Interesting, worth it if you are nearby
This was an interesting visit. A pretty easy walk from Dogo Onsen. Checked out the pagoda. Had an interesting conversation with one of the monks about O-henro, and someone on the henro actually came...

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Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Ishite 2-9-21 [map]
Matsuyama / DogoArea
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          Ehime Areas


          Stretched across the northwest corner of Shikoku island, Ehime is a nature-rich prefecture boasting beautiful coastlines and a rural center where mountains play host to 26 of the Buddhist temples that make up the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Matsuyama is home to an original post-feudal castle as well as Dogo Onsen, one of the country's oldest natural hot springs. The northern city of Imabari marks the entrance to the Shimano Kaido, a road that crosses six spectacular bridges and several islands, forming a route between Shikoku and mainland Honshu.