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Temple 33 Sekkeiji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
857-3 Nagahama, Kochi City
Phone
088-837-2233
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

It is one of three Zen temples along the route. ( Others are Temple 11 and 15 ), It was first founded as a Shingon temple by Kukai during the Enryaku period ( 782-806 ). During the Tensho period ( 1573-1591 ), a priest, Geppo, took over as abbot and changed the temple to the Rinzai sect.

Temple 34 Tanemaji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
72 Akiyama, Haruno-cho, Kochi City
Phone
088-894-2234
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

The name of this temple comes from the legend that Kukai planted here the five kinds of seeds ( rice, wheat, 2 types of millet and bean ) which he brought back from China. In front of the Daishi Hall, there is `child-rearing Kannon` ( kosodate kannon ) where people come to pray for safe childbirth. A ladle with the bottom punched out to mark a successful birth is hung near the Kannon statue.

Temple 35 Kiyotakiji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
568-1 Takaoka-cho-tei, Tosa City
Phone
088-852-0316
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

It is said that Gyoki founded this temple in 723 when he carved a statue of Yakushi Nyorai. The name `Kiyotaki`, or pure waterfall, comes from the legend that Kukai, after praying for abundant harvest, struck his staff on the ground and out came pure water, which turned into a waterfall.

Temple 36 Shoryuji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Fudo Myoo
Address
163 Ryu, Usa-cho, Tosa City
Phone
088-856-3010
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

When Kukai was in China, he studied under the direction of Keika ( Hui-kyo: 668-749 ), the 7th patriarch of Shingon Buddhism, at Shoryuji. Before Kukai left to return to Japan, he threw a vajra ( five-pronged ritual object ) towards the east and later found it at this spot. He founded this temple, giving it the same name as the one in China in memory of his master.

Temple 37 Iwamotoji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Five Buddhas
Address
3-13 Shigekushi-cho, Shimanto Town
Phone
0880-22-0376
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
Available

Founded by Gyoki. Later, Kukai visited this site and added 5 temples in each of which he placed a different deity: Amida Nyorai, Kanzeon Bosatsu, Fudo Myoo, Yakushi Nyorai and Jizo Bosatsu. On the ceiling of the Main Hall are 575 pictures.

Temple 38 Kongofukuji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Senju Kannon Bosatsu
Address
214-1 Ashizuri-misaki, Tosa-shimizu City
Phone
0880-88-0038
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
Available

In 822, Kobo Daishi followed the wish of Emperor Saga, carved a statue of Senju Kannon and founded this temple. It is believed one can set off for the land of paradise ( fudaraku ) where Kannon lives from here because Kobo Daishi saw Kannon when looking out to the sea.

Temple 39 Enkoji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
390 Nakayama, Hirata-cho, Sukumo City
Phone
0880-66-0225
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Founded by Gyoki in 724 who carved the Yakushi Nyorai statue. To the right of the Main Hall is the `eye-washing well` ( mearai-ido ) claimed to cure eye sickness. In 911, it is believed that a turtle with a red bell on its back came to this temple from the ocean.