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Temple 18 Onzanji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
40 Onzanji-dani Tano-cho, Komatsushima City
Phone
0885-33-1218
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Founded by Gyoki. Originally this temple was off limits to women ( nyonin kinsei ); but, when Kukai was training here his mother, Tamayori Gozen, came to visit. She could not proceed past the gate, so Kukai performed an esoteric rite for 17 days and was able to successfully stop this restriction and bring her on to the temple grounds.

Temple 19 Tatsueji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Enmei Jizo Bosatsu
Address
13 Wakamatsu Tatsue-cho, Komatsushima City
Phone
0885-37-1019
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
Available

In 815, Kukai stayed here and carved a statue of Jizo. This is one of the `spiritual checkpoint` ( sekisho ) temples. In 1803, a woman called Okyo from Shimane Prefecture, who, after killing her husband, came with her lover to Shikoku to make the pilgrimage. When she reached this temple, her hair got entwined in the bell rope. She called for help and asked for repentance. This hair is on display to the right of the Daishi Hall. The paintings on the ceiling of the Main Hall were created by the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1977.

Temple 20 Kakurinji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Jizo Bosatsu
Address
14 Ikuna-washigao, Katsuura Town
Phone
0885-42-3020
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

When Kukai visited this place in 798, he saw two white cranes, a male and female, which were protecting a 6cm statue of Jizo Bosatsu with their wings. Kukai carved a 90cm-high statue of Jizo, put the smaller figure inside and enshrined it as the main deity.

Temple 21 Tairyuji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Kokuzo Bosatsu
Address
2 Ryuzan Kamo-cho, Anan City
Phone
0884-62-2021
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

The large temple grounds are covered with enormous trees that create a mystic atmosphere. This temple located on a mountain ( 618m ) is called `Western Koya-san` because its buildings were similar to those at Mt. Koya-san. Kukai states in his book Sango Shiiki ( 798 ) that he spent time training here. In 1992, a ropeway was built to reach the summit.

Temple 22 Byodoji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
177 Akiyama Aratano-cho, Anan City
Phone
0884-36-3522
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Kukai dug a well here with his staff, and white, milky water ( hakusui ) was drawn up, and it proved to be effective in curing all sorts of sicknesses. Also, it is believed that the water will bring good fortune. There are many stories of people with leg problems who have come here and been healed, so one can see various canes and casts given by those who have been cured.

Temple 23 Yakuoji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
285-1 Teramae Okugawauchi, Minami Town
Phone
0884-77-0023
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Founded by Gyoki. In 815, at the age of 42, Kukai visited this temple, prayed that misfortune would not come upon himself and others, and carved the Yakushi Nyorai statue. There are 42 steps for men and 33 for women. On each step, many people leave a small monetary donation and pray for good fortune.