Higashiyama Hantaji Temple東山繁多寺
The Higashiyama Hantaji Temple can be reached by taking a 25-minute bus journey from JR Matsuyama Station to the Hantaji-guchi bus stop, and then walking for around 10 minutes. The Temple, which is located on the slopes of Mt. Awaji, is the 50th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. From the Temple precincts, situated on a small plateau, there are beautiful views of Matsuyama Castle, the Matsuyama cityscape, and the Seto Inland Sea. According to tradition, the Temple was built on the order of Emperor Koken to house a statue of the Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) that had been carved by the bodhisattva Gyoki. Ippen Shonin, the founder of the Ji-shu branch of Pure Land Buddhism, is said to have studied at the Temple as a young man. Sights that are particularly worth seeing include the small statue of Kankiten (Ganesh) donated by Tokugawa Ietsuna, which is enshrined in the Shoten-do Hall, and praying to which is said to bring success in business, as well as the paintings on the ceiling of the Kanetsuki-do bell hall.
Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Hataderamachi 32
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Ehime Main 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.