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Temple 24 Hotsumisakiji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Kokuzo Bosatsu
Address
4058-1 Muroto-misaki-cho, Muroto City
Phone
0887-23-0024
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
Available

This temple is at the tip of Cape Muroto-misaki, a warm place in Shikou where subtropical plants grow. Kobo Daishi, first came here at age 19, and spent time chanting the Gumonji-ho sutra in a cave. At 33, he returned, carved the main deity and founded the temple. It is believed that while here when looking at the sea and sky, he changed his name to `Kukai`.

Temple 25 Shinshoji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Kajitori Enmei Jizo Bosatsu
Address
2652-イ Murotsu, Muroto City
Phone
0887-23-0025
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

This temple was founded in 807 by Kobo Daishi who carved the statue of Enmei Jizo Bosatsu. This deity is called the `kajitori jizo` or Helmsan Jizo, and fishermen believe that it will protect those at sea.

Temple 26 Kongochoji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
523 Moto-otsu, Muroto City
Phone
0887-23-0026
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
Available

It is believed that Kobo Daishi founded this temple in 807. However, when he arrived a tengu appeared and entered into a debate with Kobo Daishi. The tengu lost the battle and was told never to appear again and confined to Cape Ashizuri. There are pictures on the wall of the Daishi Hall describing this story.

Temple 27 Konomineji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu
Address
2594 Tonohama, Yasuda Town
Phone
0887-38-5495
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Founded by Gyoki, this temple ( elev. 632m ) is considered to be a `sekisho` as well as a `nansho` ( difficult place ) because the path leading up to the temple continues for more than a 1 kilometer at a slope of 45 degrees. Out of a spot between rocks, the `water of Konomine` flows, which is said to have healing powers.

Temple 28 Dainichiji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Dainichi Nyorai
Address
476 Bodaiji, Noichi-cho, Konan City
Phone
0887-56-0638
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Gyoki founded this temple and carved the 1.46m-high statue of Dainichi Nyorai. Around 806, Kobo Daishi visited a spot 2km away, carved Yakushi Nyorai from a camphor tree using his fingernails and made the Inner Sanctum. This deity is called, `Fingernail Yakushi` and is believed to cure sickness above the neck.

Temple 29 Kokubunji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Senju Kannon Bosatsu
Address
546 Kokubu, Nankoku City
Phone
088-862-0055
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Gyoki founded this temple in 739 and is believed to have carved the main deity, the Senju Kanzeon statue. Later, Kobo Daishi participated in the 'hoshiku' service ( stars are prayed to for longer life and to drive away evil spirits ). It is the provincial temple of Kochi prefecture. ( See Temples 15, 59 and 80 )

Temple 30 Zenrakuji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Amida Nyorain
Address
2-23-11 Ikku-shinane, Kochi City
Phone
088-846-4141
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Through the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism, this temple fell into misuse and the main diety was moved to Anrakuji. In 1929, Zenrakuji was rebuilt and there were two No. 30 temples which lasted until January 1, 1944. Discussions were held and Zenrakuji became No. 30 and Anrakuji the inner sanctum of Temple 30.

Temple 31 Chikurinji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Monju Bosatsu
Address
3577 Godaisan, Kochi City
Phone
088-882-3085
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

According to legend, Emperor Shomu was told by Monju Bosatsu to find a place similar to Mt. Godai-san in China. He commanded Gyoki to search for such a place and founded this temple in 724. Originally, there was a 3-storey pagoda, but it was blown down by a typhoon in 1899. The present 5-storey one was built in 1980.

Temple 32 Zenjibuji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu
Address
3084 Tochi, Nankoku City
Phone
088-865-8430
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

In the early 9th Century, Kobo Daishi visited here and while praying for the safety of those at sea, carved the main deity. This Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu statue was called `funadama kannon` ( spirit of the boat kannon ) and the temple became known as a place to pray for the safety of sailors and fisherman.