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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.