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Temple 46 Joruriji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
282 Joruri-machi, Matsuyama City
Phone
089-963-0279
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Founded in 708 by Gyoki who carved the main deity. In 812, Kukai came and restored the dilapidated buildings. From this time, it was considered a sacred site. Within the precincts there is a tree which is over 1000 years old, a footprint stone and handprint stone of Buddha.

Temple 47 Yasakaji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Amida Nyorai
Address
773 Yasaka, Joruri-machi, Matsuyama City
Phone
089-963-0271
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

In 701, the Lord of Iyo, Tamaoki, built the temple and later, Kukai restored it. It is said that there were eight paths leading here, thus the name `eight slope` ( yasaka ). It prospered as a place for Shugendo training.

Temple 48 Sairinji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu
Address
1007 Takai-machi, Matsuyama City
Phone
089-975-0319
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

It was founded by Gyoki in 741. The main deity, which is never shown to the public, has been placed facing backwards, so most people go the back of the Main Hall to worship. To the right of the Main Hall and in front of the Ema-do there is a `parent bamboo` and `child bamboo` which are believed to assist with harmony at home. This temple is the sekisho ( barrier temple ) of Iyo( Ehime ) prefecure.

Temple 49 Jodoji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Shaka Nyorai
Address
1198 Takanoko-machi, Matsuyama City
Phone
089-975-1730
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

It was founded during the Tenpyo era ( 729-749 ) by Gyoki and consisted of numerous buildings; however it was totally destroyed in the 14th Century. Kuya ( 903-962 ) stayed at this temple for three years and when he left, the people of the village asked that he carve a statue of himself.

Temple 50 Hantaji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
32 Hatadera-machi, Matsuyama City
Phone
089-975-0910
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Gyoki founded this temple around 750. Kukai, as well as Ippen Shonin ( 1239-1289 ), the founder of Jishu Sect, also trained and studied here. Within the Shoten Hall there is a Kangiten ( protective deity ) which is said to help with passing exams, having a prosperous business, warding off misfortune and assuring a good relationship between husband and wife. The bell was made in 1696 with contributions from a wide range of people.

Temple 51 Ishiteji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
2-9-21 Ishite, Matsuyama City
Phone
089-977-0870
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

In 729, Gyoki founded this temple and Kukai later changed the temple to Shingon. In 892, the name was changed to `Ishite-ji` ( Rock Hand Temple ) which originates from the legend of Emon Saburo and a child being born here with a rock in his hand. The grilled mochi that is on sale here is well known and in olden times used to be given out for free to pilgrims.

Temple 52 Taisanji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu
Address
1730 Taisanji-cho, Matsuyama City
Phone
089-978-0329
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

In 586, when Mano Kagoro was travelling by boat from Kyushu to Osaka a large storm blew in and the sailors prayed to Kannon Bosatsu for protection. It is said that to show his gratitude, he constructed a temple here in one night. The Main Hall was built in 1305 and is designated as a National Treasure.

Temple 53 Enmyoji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Amida Nyorai
Address
1-182 Wake-machi, Matsuyama City
Phone
089-978-1129
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Founded by Gyoki during the mid-8th Century. However, it was moved to its present location in 1633. In 1921, Frederick Starr, an anthropologist professor from the University of Chicago, visited this temple and was shown the oldest bronze nameplate ( osamefuda ) that exists along the Shikoku Pilgrimage route. ( Not available for public viewing ) To the left of the Daishi Hall is a lantern on which is carved a statue of Mary, disguised as Kannon, which would have been worshipped by Christians in secret.