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  • JR Takamatsu sta. TEL.087-825-1701
  • Kan-nonji-shi-noriai Bus ( 4 bus services per day ) TEL.0875-23-3924
  • Mitoyoshi Community Bus ( 5 bus services per day ) TEL.0875-73-3003
  • Zentsuji-shi-shimin Bus ( 3 bus services per day ) TEL.0877-63-6331

Temple 66 Unpenji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Senju Kannon Bosatsu
Address
763-2 Hakuchi, Ikeda-cho, Miyoshi City
Phone
0883-74-0066
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

In 807, Kukai revisited this site and at the request of Emperor Saga ( 786-842 ) carved the main deity and enshrined it here. During the Kamakura period ( 1192-1333 ), this temple prospered as a place of learning and featured numerous buildings. Later, during the 16th Century, Motochika Chosokabe care here and took Iyo, Sanuki and Awa provinces, and as part of this campaign, he burned down Unpenji.

Temple 67 Daikoji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
4209 Tsuji-komatsuo, Yamamoto-cho, Mitoyo City
Phone
0875-63-2341
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

It was founded by Kukai in 822 at the request of Emperor Saga and was originally administered by both Tendai and Shingon sects, becoming a large center for religious academic learning. Most of the buildings were burned down by the troops of Chosogabe. The Main Hall was rebuilt in the early 1600s. The large camphor tree at the bottom of the steps if said to have been planted by Kukai.

Temple 68 Jinnein

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Amida Nyorai
Address
1-2-7 Yahata-cho, Kan-nonji City
Phone
0875-25-3871
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

In 703, a monk called Nissho had a vision during which the god Hachiman appeared on a ship playing a koto. Nittsu took the ship and koto and enshrined them on the summit of Mt. Kotohiki ( `harp-playing` ). Kukai later visited here, and carved the Amida Nyorai statue. During the separation of Shintoism and Buddhism, it was moved to the Kan-nonji ( No.69 ).

Temple 69 Kan-nonji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Sho Kannon Bosatsu
Address
1-2-7 Yahata-cho, Kan-nonji City
Phone
0875-25-3871
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Nissho also founded this temple which is beside Temple 68. When Kukai came in 807, he carved the main deity and built a sanctuary to enshrine it on the side of the mountain. Kukai increased the number of buildings and changed the name to Kanonji.

Temple 70 Motoyamaji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Bato Kannon Bosatsu
Address
1445 Motoyama-ko, Toyonaka-cho, Mitoyo City
Phone
0875-62-2007
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

In 807, Kukai founded and constructed this temple according to the wish of Emperor Heizei ( 774-824 ). It is said that this temple has always avoided destruction, and there are various legends regarding the buildings being protected by a statue of Amida or a swarm of bees. The Main Hall is designated as a National Treasure.

Temple 71 Iyadaniji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Senju Kannon Bosatsu
Address
70 Omi-otsu, Mino-cho, Mitoyo City
Phone
0875-72-3446
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

Gyoki founded this temple and it was originally called `Eight Province Temple` ( Yakuni-dera ) because from here one can see eight surrounding provinces. When Kukai revisited in 807, he participated in the gumonji-ho rite and changed its name. This temple is attributed with the most miracle cures as seen by the number of crutches and other paraphernalia left here.

Temple 72 Mandaraji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Dainichi Nyorai
Address
1380-1 Yoshiwara-cho, Zentsuji City
Phone
0877-63-0072
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

This temple, built in 596 and originally called Yozakaji, was the clan temple for the Saeki family - the ancestors of Kukai. After his return from China, Kukai dedicated the Kongokai and Taizokai Mandala and changed the name of the temple to Mandalaji.

Temple 73 Shusshakaji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Shaka Nyorai
Address
1091 Yoshiwara-cho, Zentsuji City
Phone
0877-63-0073
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

According to legend, Kukai, at the age of seven, climbed the mountain ( 481m ) and said, "I want to enter the world of Buddhism and save many people. If it is not possible for this wish to come true, I command that Shaka Nyorai appear. If not, I will throw away my life." He then jumped off a cliff and Shaka Nyorai and a heavenly being appeared and saved his life. As a result, he carved a statue, constructed temple buildings, and founded this temple.

Temple 74 Koyamaji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
1765-1 Hirota-cho, Zentsuji City
Phone
0877-63-0074
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
None

When Kukai was thinking of constructing a temple between Zentsuji and Mandalaji, an old man appeared from a cave at the foot of Mt. Koyama saying, "If you build a temple here, I will protect it forever." The building costs were provided by the Emperor as payment for his direction of the building of the Mannoike Pond.

Temple 75 Zentsuji

Honzon ( Main Deity )
Yakushi Nyorai
Address
3-3-1 Zentsuji-cho, Zentsuji City
Phone
0877-62-0111
Temple lodging facility ( Shukubo )
Available

Zentsuji Temple is the birth place of Kukai ( posthumously named Kobo Daishi, 774-835 ) and Zentsuji City has developed to meet the needs of visitors to this site. Along with Kongobuji on Mt. Koyasan ( Wakayama pref. ) and Toji temple in Kyoto, it is one of the three most important sites related to Kukai. The temple grounds are large and there are many interesting sites to see. For example, the Kaidan-meguri is a 90-meter long under the Main Hall which must be walked through in total darkness.