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Motoyamaji Temple本山寺


This is a Koyasan Shingon school temple in Toyonaka-cho in Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture and is 70th temple of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It was built in 807 by Kobo Daishi at the behest of Emperor Heizei. It is legend that the main hall was built in one night. The principal object of worship is the Hayagriva which is said to have been made by Daishi. The current main hall was reconstructed in 1300 with a tiled hip roof and is designated as a national treasure. There are many things to see in the grounds including a five-storied pagoda, a guardian god hall and a hall with an enshrined statue of Kobo Daishi. It is famous for its Cucumber Blessing held every year in July on the day of the ox.


Kagawa Pref. Mitoyoshi Toyonakachoumotoyama Kou 1445 (Marugame / KotohiraArea)

phone 0875622007

[Delivery Hours] 7:00-17:00

Review of Motoyamaji temple

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Reviewed:2018/10/30 Stunning and Important
Motoyamaji was built in the year 807 is considered a National Treasure. There is also a legend that the temple was protected by a huge swarm of bees when Chousokabe Motochika (1539-1599), a daimyo...
Reviewed:2017/07/22 One of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage
This little temple is nice, but not exceptionally noteworthy. There is a 5-story pagoda which is the main feature, but at the time of our visit, it was completely obscured with scaffolding due to...
Reviewed:2019/11/15 素晴らしい五重塔があります

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Kagawa Pref. Mitoyoshi Toyonakachoumotoyama Kou 1445 [ map ]
Marugame / KotohiraArea
[Delivery Hours] 7:00-17:00
open everyday
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

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          Kagawa Main Areas


          Japan’s smallest prefecture, Kagawa, may take up just a small corner of Shikoku, but it has grown increasingly popular with the recognition of Naoshima, its "art island" in the Seto Inland Sea between Shikoku and Honshu. Just a stone’s throw from the islands, mainland Kagawa’s prefectural capital, Takamatsu, holds history in its castle ruins and its pride and joy, Ritsurin Garden, is known as one of the country’s best gardens.

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