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Mandaraji Temple曼荼羅寺


This temple in Zentsuji City belongs to the Zentsuji sect of Shingon Buddhism. It is the 72nd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. Its origins are old, established in 596 as the family temple for the Saeki clan—a powerful clan in Sanuki region. Then, after Kobo Daishi returned from Tang (China), he paid homage to the Dainichi-Nyorai here, and set up the Diamond World and Womb Realm World mandalas, renaming it “Mandala Temple.” The grounds had nurtured an “undying pine” called “Kasamatsu” —thought to have been 1200 years old—but it was cut down due to insect damage. An image of Daishi was later carved into its trunk, and is lovingly called “Kasamatsu Daishi.”


Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Yoshiwarachou 1380-1 (Marugame / KotohiraArea)

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[Delivery Hours] 7:00-17:00

Review of Mandara-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2018/11/05 Temple 72 of the 88 Buddhist Temple Pilgrimage
While this temple is not as huge, or spread out, as other temples, it has something that is pretty cool to check out. In this temple you can see the Tibetan sand maps of the cosmos, and that alone...
Reviewed:2017/07/30 #72 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage
This little temple is well-kept, but does not really have any outstanding features to remember it by. There is a pond with a few desultory fish and turtles. There is also a sakura cherry tree by the...
Reviewed:2019/11/17 四国八十八箇所霊場 第七十二番札所

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Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Yoshiwarachou 1380-1 [ map ]
Marugame / KotohiraArea
[Delivery Hours] 7:00-17:00
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          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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