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Mount Kumano Yasaka-ji Temple熊野山八坂寺


This Shingon Sect Daigo School temple in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, is the 47th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that the temple was built by the order of Emperor Monmu and was built by the founder of mountain asceticism called En no Ozuno in 701. After being restored by Kobo Daishi in 815, it prospered as a dojo (hall for training) of asceticism and kept on developing until it was perished in a fire caused by war. In the temple there are many places to see such as the “Ten thousand Amida Buddha” statues in the basement, pictures drawn on the ceiling of a picture of the Sanmon (main temple gate), the “hell and paradise” Enma hall, and the stone steps that lend you a “helping hand to the nine hardships” of life. The “passing fire training” festival held on April 29 every year is a famous event.


Ehime Prefecture Matsuyama City Joruri Temple Yasaka 773

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          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.

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