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In 815, Kukai founded this temple and carved the main deity. The present buildings were rebuilt in 1860. This is one of three Zen temples along the pilgrimage route. The wisteria ( fujii ) are in bloom during May.
Kukai visited here to carry out ascetic training; however, according to legend, a large serpent set fire to the entire mountain ( shosan ). While chanting `Pure Word` ( Shingon ) sutras, Kukai climbed the mountain under the protection of Kokuzo Bosatsu and confined the dragon into a cave. This cave, which remains today, can be found on the way to the Inner Sanctuary.
Kukai visited this area, constructed a shrine and participated in ascetic training. At this time, Dainichi Nyorai appeared and as a result, he carved a statue of Dainichi and founded this temple. Dainichiji Shrine administers the locally, well-known Ichinomiya Shrine located across the street.
Founded by Kukai in 815, it is the only temple along the Shikoku pilgrimage route that has Miroku Bosatsu as its main deity. It is said that if a diabetic prays and also drinks the boiled leaves from the yew tree beside the Main Hall that he will be cured. As well, the scenery of the temple grounds is very unique and at times mist can be seen rising from the rocks.
Founded by Gyoki. It is one of the provincial temples ( kokubunji ) of Tokushima; however, it was burnt to the ground by the troops of Motochika Chosokabe ( 1538-1599 ) during the 16th Century. In 1741, it was rebuilt as a temple belonging to the Zen Soto sect. To the left of the main gate, one can see the foundation stones of a pagoda. The entire temple grounds have been designated as a noted prefectual historical site.
Founded in 741. Kukai later came, carved, and enshrined the main deity. A pilgrim of the 19th Century burnt herself when she tried to dry her wet pilgrim hakui ( coat ) over a fire. In the past, this woman had hit her mother-in-law and now repented of doing such. There is a picture at this temple of this woman surrounded by flames. Also at this temple is a nighttime-crying ( yonaki ) Jizo which is said to cure children who cry at night.
It is believed that Kukai dug the well here in one night with just his staff and the name of this temple comes from this legend. The hut over the well is called `hikagiri daishi` meaning that if one makes a wish on a specific day then that wish will come true.