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Temple No. 14, Jorakuji Temple第14番札所 常楽寺

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The Joraku-ji Temple is a Koya-san Shingon Buddhist temple; its formal name is Seiju-zan Enmei-in. The Joraku-ji Temple is the 14th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage; it is the only one of the 88 temples that is dedicated to the bodhisattva Maitreya. According to tradition, when Kobo Daishi was meditating in this area, he saw a vision of the Miroku-bosatsu (Bodhisattva Maitreya), accompanied by numerous other bodhisattvas, expounding Buddhist doctrine; Kobo Daishi carved a statue of Maitreya in sacred wood, built a temple, and set up the statue as the main object of veneration in the temple. The temple was subsequently expanded by Kobo Daishi’s disciples Shinzen Sojo and Kishin Shonin. During the Tensho era (1573–1592), the temple was burnt down by the armies of Motochika Chosokabe; it was rebuilt in 1659 on the orders of Hachisuka Mitsutaka, the lord of the Tokushima domain. Within the temple grounds, there is a stone Buddha statue ensconced in the branches of a huge araragi (Japanese Yew) tree, which is venerated as “Araragi-Daishi.”

place

Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Kokufuchou Enmei 606

phone 0886420471
place

Precincts Free

Review of Jorakuji temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/04/29 Which temple is this?
Very good temple to visit. It's busy as it is on the pilgrim trail, but had lovely outdoor areas where you can feel how old the place is. Though be careful with the names of temples as there are...
Reviewed:2018/07/04 88か所寺です。
四国88か所寺の一つです。市内から少し離れていますが、4つくらい88か所寺が集まっているので、回り易い寺の一つです。
Reviewed:2018/06/25 見どころは庭園
大師堂から本堂の前にあります参道兼庭園は、かなり普通のお寺とは違う趣があります。見ても歩いても、自然そのままの岩盤のような庭園は、歩きにくいほどで流水岩の庭園と呼ばれています。本堂などをは、山を切り崩し埋め立てた、岩盤の上に建立されたからとされています。かなり変わっている庭園ですが、その流れるような自然の美しさは見ごたえがあります。

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Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Kokufuchou Enmei 606 [map]

Phone

0886420471

Hours
Precincts Free
Closed
Grounds free
Parking Lot
Available

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