Shosanji Temple

Temple
This temple of the Chisan sect of Shingon Buddhism is located in Kamiyama Town in Myozai County, Tokushima Prefecture, and it is the 12th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is known for its position near the difficult-to-reach eighth station of Mt. Shosanji, which has an altitude of 938 meters, but nowadays there is a roadway leading to it. According to temple legend, it was founded by a pilgrim in the Asuka period. Afterward, Kukai is said to have sealed an enormous snake that had been terrorizing the villagers in a rock cavern near the summit, after which he built the temple. A three-headed statue of Daikokuten (god of wealth), said to be Kukai himself, is enshrined inside the Sanmen (three-headed) Daikoku Hall. The temple grounds contain several large cedar trees said to be hundreds of years old, and the area has been designated a Natural Monument.

Spot details

Address
Tokushima Pref. Myouzaigunkamiyamachou Shimobun Underground 318
Phone
0886770112
Hours
[Sutra Hours] 7:00-17:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Parking fee] [Car (5 seats or less)] 500yen [Car (6 seats or more)] 700yen [Car (10 seats or more)] 1,500yen [Motorcycle] 200yen
Parking Lot
Available(50spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Available
Wi-Fi
Not available
Note
Please pay 300yen for light ordinary car, 500yen for combo, 1000yen for microbus, 100yen for bike, and road maintenance fee.
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Available
Infant friendly
Available
Pet friendly
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

Review

  • Quite a trek to get to, not a great deal there
    3.0 Reviewed:2018.08.21
    Worth a visit, but dont expect there to be much there. The temple, while pretty enough, is spoiled a little by the presence of vending machines and signs and whatnot. Quite a trek up through the...
  • Temple number 12 of the amazing 88 temples pilgrimage of Shikoku
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.03.10
    Temple number 12 of the amazing 88 temples pilgrimage of Shikoku, 2nd UNESCO heritage path. its definitely worth the 1200km long, where you dont need to carry water with all vending machines...
  • これもあり
    4.0 Reviewed:2020.06.19
    雨の中藤井寺から5時間かけて登りました。最後は左手に石柱が並ぶ横を通るのはウィニングロードのように感じました。霧でかすみ人もおらずおぼつかない般若心経をいつもより声高く唱えました。納経所の評判が悪いようです。ガスストーブをつけてくれ、濡れた体を暖めながら食べたおにぎとタクアンは美味かった。神山温泉までの道も丁寧に教えてくれました。仏教を勉強した人間には今の御朱印のあり方に? を持っているの...

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