About 10 minutes on foot from Kume Station. This temple belongs to the Buzan sect of Shingon Buddhism, and is the 49th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It was founded by Memyo Shonin upon receiving an imperial request from Empress Koken during the Tenpyo-shoho period. The main object of worship here is of the Shaka Nyorai (the historical Buddha), said to be the work of Gyoki. The main hall—a designated Important Cultural Property—exhibits Muromachi period architecture, merging Japanese and Tang styles in a simple, grand way. The can’t-miss points here include the statue of Kuya Shonin (itself a Nationally-Designated Important Cultural Property), the valuable historical resources, and the graffiti on the main hall’s miniature shrine—written from Muromachi period to the Edo period.
Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Takanokomachi 1198
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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.