This temple was founded by Gyōki Bosatsu (668-749), Kūkai later came and prayed for the farmers who were suffering from natural disasters and the spread of sickness. The characters for this temple come from a sacred mountain (ryōzen) in India where Buddha gave sermons on Buddhism.
Founded by Gyōki; however Kūkai carved the main deity Amida Nyorai - the deity of light. In ancient times, it is said that this light reached the sea and prevented the fisherman from catching fish, so a small hill was built in front of the image. There is a large cedar tree, called "Chōmei-sugi" which is said to give one a longer life. People also come here to pray for an easy childbirth.
Founded by Gyōki. Kūkai later repaired the buildings and renamed it to its present name. The Gold Well (Konsen) beside the Daishi Hall is why this temple was called Konsenji. If you can see your face in the reflection, it is said you will live until 92. If not, you will die within 3 years.
Kūkai carved a statue of Dainichi Nyorai here and is said to have founded this temple. Throughout its history, this temple went through a continual cycle of disuse and reconstruction. The Main Hall and Daishi Hall are connected via a walkway and 33 Kannon statues are on display.
Kūkai founded this temple in 811. There are five temples with Jizō Bosatsu as its main deity; however, this is the only one with Enmei Jizō Bosatsu. The 500 Rakan hall behind the temple contains 200 statues of arhats, which are enlightened disciples of Buddha. As well, there are two wells where you can hear when even when a drop of water reaches the water below.
In the past people used the hot spring water in this vicinity to cure illnesses. In 811, Kūkai carved a Yakushi Nyorai statue and founded this temple. There is an upside down pine tree said to ward off misfortune (yakuyoke no sakamatsu), which was planted by a hunter after his father was cured of an illness.
In order for Kūkai to obtain the 10 pleasures (jūraku) in Buddhist paradise, he gave this temple this name. To the left of the Main Hall is a statue of Jizō Bosatsu which is believed to cure eye problems. As well, there are another 70 Jizō Bosatsu figures for the memorial of aborted children (mizuko).
Kūkai carved a large statue of Senju Kannon Bosatsu and placed smaller similar statues inside it. This event marked the founding of this temple. In 1687, the Main Gate was built about 200m away. As well, in the gardens, there is a pine tree which looks like a dragon. (garyū no matsu)
Kūkai learned that there was a white snake living in a valley nearby that protected Buddhists, so he carved a statue of Shaka Nyorai and founded this temple. The main deity is made in the Nehan style and is the only one along the Shikoku Pilgrimage. In the Main Hall, many straw sandals (waraji) have been hung by people wishing for a cure of some sort of leg ailment.
When Kūkai passed by this area, he asked for some old cloth; however, a young woman presented him with a brand new kimono. The woman said to Kūkai that she would like to become a saint and save people. She left home and shortly thereafter changed into a Senju Kannon.
In 815, Kūkai founded this temple and carved the main deity. The present buildings were rebuilt in 1860. This is one of three Zen temples along the pilgrimage route. The wisteria (fuji) are in bloom during May.
Kūkai visited here to carry out ascetic training; however, according to legend, a large serpent set fire to the entire mountain (shōsan). While chanting Pure Word (Shingon) sutras, Kūkai climbed the mountain under the protection of Kokuzō Bosatsu and confined the dragon into a cave. This cave, which remains today, can be found on the way to the Inner Sanctuary.
Kūkai visited this area, constructed a shrine and participated in ascetic training. At this time, Dainichi Nyorai appeared and as a result, he carved a statue of Dainichi and founded this temple. Dainichiji takes cares of the administration of the locally, well-known Ichinomiya Shrine located across the street.
Founded by Kūkai in 815, it is the only temple along the Shikoku pilgrimage route which has Miroku Bosatsu as its main deity. It is said that if a diabetic prays and drinks the boiled leaves from the yew tree beside the Main Hall that he will be cured. As well, the scenery of the temple grounds is very unique.
It is one of the provincial temples (kokubunji) of Tokushima; however, it was burnt to the ground by the troops of Motochika Chōsokabe (1538-1599) during the 16th Century. In 1741, it was rebuilt as a temple belonging to the Zen Sōtō sect. To the left of the main gate, one can see the foundation stones of a pagoda. The entire temple grounds have been designated as a prefectual historical site.
A pilgrim of the 19th Century burnt herself when she tried to dry her wet pilgrim hakui (coat) over a fire. In the past, this woman had hit her mother-in-law and now repented of doing such. There is a picture at this temple of this woman surrounded by flames. Also at this temple is a nighttime-crying (yonaki) Jizō which is said to cure children who cry at night.
It is believed that Kūkai dug the well here in one night with just his staff and the name of this temple comes from this legend. The hut over the well is called hikagiri daishi meaning that if one makes a wish on a specific day then that wish will come true.
Founded by Gyōki. Originally this temple was off limits to women (nyonin kinsei); but, when Kūkai was training here his mother, Tamayori Gozen, came to visit. She could not proceed past the gate, so Kūkai performed an esoteric rite for 17 days and was able to successfully stop this restriction and bring her on to the temple grounds.
This is one of the spiritual checkpoint (sekisho) temples. In 1803, a woman called Okyō from Shimane Prefecture, who, after killing her husband, came with her lover to Shikoku to make the pilgrimage. When she reached this temple, her hair got entwined in the bell rope. She called for help and asked for repentance. The paintings on the ceiling of the Main Hall were done by the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1977.
When Kūkai visited this place in 798, he saw two white cranes, a male and female, which were protecting a 6cm statue of Jizō Bosatsu with their wings. Kūkai carved a 90cm statue of Jizō, put the smaller figure inside and enshrined it as the main deity.
The large temple grounds are covered with enormous trees which create a mystic atmosphere. This temple located on a mountain (500m) is called `Western Kōya-san` because its buildings were constructed similar to those at Mt. Kōya. Kūkai states in his book Sangō Shiiki (798) that he spent time training here. In 1992, a ropeway was built to reach the summit.
Kūkai dug a well here with his staff and white milky water (hakusui) came up which proved to be effective in curing all sorts of sicknesses. As well, it is believed that the water will bring good fortune. There are many stories of people with leg problems who have come here and been healed, so one can see various canes and casts given by those who have been cured.
Founded by Gyōki. In 815, at the age of 42, Kūkai visited this temple, prayed that misfortune would not come upon himself and others, and carved the Yakushi Nyorai statue. There are 42 steps for men and 33 for women. On each step, many people leave a small monetary donation and pray for good fortune.
This temple is at the top of Cape Muroto, a warm place in Shikoku where subtropical plants grow. Kūkai came here at age 19, and spent time chanting the Gumonjihō sutra in a cave (Mikurodō). At 33, he returned, carved the main deity and founded the temple. It is believed that while looking out from a cave at the sky (kū) and sea (kai), he changed his name to `Kūkai`.
This temple was founded in 807 by Kūkai who carved the statue of Jizō Bosatsu. This deity is called the `kajitori jizō` or Helmsman Jizō and fishermen believe that it will protect those on water and fire disaster.
It is believed that in 807, Kūkai founded this temple; however, when he arrived a tengu appeared and entered a debate with Kūkai. The tengu lost the battle and was told never to appear again and confined to Cape Ashizuri-misaki. There are pictures on the wall of the Daishi Hall describing this story. On the precinct is a museum with whale fishing tools on display.
This temple, considered to be a "sekishodera" (spiritual checkpoint temple) of Kōchi prefecture, is located near the summit of Mt. Kōnomine at the end of a very steep road. On the grounds is a beautiful garden and by the temple bell, "Kōnomine no mizu" (the water of Kōnomine) flows out between the rocks. A woman, who had a severe illness, saw Kukai in her dream. He told her to drink this water and after she did so was cured.
Gyōki founded this temple and carved the 1.46m statue of Dainichi Nyorai. Around 806, Kūkai visited here, 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 sicknesses above the neck.
After Gyōki founded Kokubunji as the national temple of Kōchi prefecture, Kukai took part in a "hoshiku" service and designated this temple as part of the Shikoku pilgrimage. Hoshiku means to pray to the same number of stars as your age and by doing so, you will ward off misfortune and bring good fortune into your life.
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 until discussions were held and Zenrakuji became No. 30 and Anrakuji the inner sanctum of Temple 30.
According to legend, Emperor Shōmu was told by Monju Bosatsu to find a place similar to Mt. Godai-san in China. He commanded Gyōki 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.
In the early 9th Century, Kūkai visited here and while praying for the safety of those on water, carved the main deity. This Jūichimen 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.
Sekkeiji, Temple 11 and 15 are the only Zen temples along the route. It was first founded as a Shingon temple by Kūkai during the Enryaku period (782-806). During the Tenshō period (1573-1591), a priest Geppō took over as abbot and changed the temple to Rinzai sect.
The name of this temple comes from a legend that Kūkai planted here five kinds of seeds (rice, wheat, 2 types of millet and bean) that he brought back from China. In front of the Daishi hall, there is a statue of "Kosodate Kannon" (child-rearing Kannon) to which people pray to for safe childbirth. If a birth is problem-free then a ladle with the bottom punched out is hung near the Kannon statue.
It is said that Gyōki founded this temple in 723 when he carved a statue of Yakushi Nyorai. The name Kiyotaki or pure waterfall comes from the legend that Kūkai after praying for abundant harvest he struck his staff on the ground and out came pure water which turned into a waterfall.
When Kūkai was in China, he studied under the direction of Keika (Huikyo: 668-749), the 7th patriarch of Shingon Buddhism, at Shōryūji. Before Kūkai 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.
Gyōki Bosatsu founded Takaoka shrine (former official site) north-east of this temple. Kūkai later divided the five main deities among different sites, but due to the separation of temples and shrines, they were all brought together to one temple. There are 575 pictures on the ceiling of the Main hall.
In 822, Kōbō 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 Kōbō Daishi saw Kannon when looking out into the sea.
Founded by Gyōki 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.
Kūkai founded this temple in 807 which is the furthest away from No. 1, Ryōzenji. The Hakkaku Hall displays various temple treasures and the `Hachitai-butsu` statue is said to fulfill one's wish if it is covered with water. The Main Hall was rebuilt in 1964.
Kūkai met an old man carrying rice and believed he was a transfigured rice god (Inari-myōjin) and built a temple here. Originally, as part of the Inari belief, people would pray to the 'rice god' for an abundant harvest; however, recently many people now pray for prosperity in their businesses.
An old man suggested that Kūkai ride on the back of a cow and after a while, they came upon a camphor tree in which was the jewel (hōshu) that Kūkai had thrown from China. In this tree, Kūkai carved a Dainichi Nyorai statue, placed the jewel between its eyes and constructed a temple. At first, people came to pray for prosperity at home, but lately many people visit here in memory of lost pets.
Founded during the 6th Century by Enjuin Sōchō who built various temple facilities here. The name of this temple, `Daybreak and Stone` derives from the legend of a beautiful goddess who until daybreak carried large rocks while praying; however, when she saw the sun coming up she disappeared.
In 701, a priest who had returned from Korea placed a statue of Jūichimen Kannon Bosatsu in the mountain. This was later found by a couple of hunter brothers who started this temple. At the Main Gate, there are huge straw sandals which are remade every hundred years.
According to legend, this location was given to Kūkai by a mysterious female recluse named Hokke-sennin. Kūkai carved two Fudō Myōō statues and created this temple which is considered a 'nansho' (difficult place).
Founded in 708 by Gyōki who carved the main deity. In 812, Kūkai 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, Kūkai restored it. It is said that there were eight paths leading here, thus the name eight slope (yasaka). It prospered as a place for Shugendō training.
It was founded by Gyōki 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 Main Hall and in front of the Ema-dō there is a `parent bamboo` and `child bamboo` which are believed to assist with harmony at home.
It was founded during the Tenpyō era (729-749) by priest Emyo and consisted of numerous buildings; however was totally destroyed in the 14th Century. Kūya (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.
Gyōki founded this temple around 750 and later, Kūkai as well as Ippen Shōnin (1239-1289), the founder of Jishū Sect also trained and studied here. Within the Shōten 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 due to the contributions from a wide range of people.
In 729, Gyōki founded this temple and Kūkai 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 Saburō 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 Kogorō was travelling by boat from Kyūshū to Osaka City a large storm came about 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 Gyōki 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 the hidden Christians.
Founded by Gyōki, this temple prospered as a temple for scholarly learning. There are various legends about people trying to take the bell (made in 1704) and when they did, it would ring without anyone touching it with a sound "inuru inuru" (home home). The thieves became scared and always returned the bell.
It was a shrine where one could pray for safety on water and was affiliated with the well-known Ichinomiya Shrine on Ōmishima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. In 712, it was moved to Shikoku and became a temple. During World War II, it burned down; however, after the war it was rebuilt.
In olden times, almost every year the nearby Sōja River floods over and many people died, so in 815, Kūkai perfomed a ritual on its bank and directed the people to create a levee. In front of the Daishi Hall, there is a pine tree called Furō-matsu said to have been planted by Kūkai. Even after the tree wilts, a new tree emerges.
At the summit of Mt. Futō, Kūkai conducted the fire ritual (goma) in order to prevent accidents at sea. On the last day of this ritual, Amida Nyorai appeared from the ocean. On each side of the Main Hall, there are copies of the `Buddhist feet rocks` from the temple in India where Shaka achieved enlightenment.
During the mid-7th Century, a local ruler, Ochi Morioki, built his temple. One legends states that the main deity was carved by a female dragon which came up the Ryūto River from the ocean. The temple fell in disuse, but was restored by Kūkai and prospered.
This is the provincial temple of Ehime prefecture founded by Gyōki in 741. There are many cultural properties displayed in the shoin (study hall). There is also a statue of Kōbō Daishi with which you can shake hands and make a wish. As well, if you touch the vase of Yakushi while praying, it is believed that you will be cured of any sickness.
This temple (740m) was founded in 651 by En no Gyōja. Later, Kūkai spent time in training here and enshrined the main deity. It is said that through prayers given here, the brain illness of Emperor Kanmu (781-806) was cured. During the early Meiji period, the temple fell into disuse, but in 1909 it was restored. This temple is the sekisho (barrier temple) of Iyo(Ehime) prefecture.
This temple was founded during the 6th Century by Shōtoku Taishi (573-621). When Kūkai came here, he found a pregnant woman who was in pain so he lit incense and prayed for her. As a result a boy was safely born. This temple is widely known as `Koyasu Daishi` - Daishi of protecting children. The modern concrete Main Hall is a unique feature of this temple.
The temple was built according to the wish of Emperor Shōmu (701-756). During the 16th Century, it was destroyed, but restored in 1636. In front of the gate, there stands the oldest stone monument of the Shikoku pilgrimage (moved to Museum of Ehime History & Culture).
This is only temple along the Shikoku pilgrimage route that has Bishamon-ten as its main deity which was made by Kūkai. Within the precincts there is a rock with a round hole in the middle. It is said if you can walk from the Main Hall with your eyes closed while saying your wish and putting your staff through the hole that your prayer will come true.
En no Gyōja (634?-701) founded this temple and it was a place of deep faith for nobles and military families. On the 20th of every month, the three Zaō Gongen statues are opened for public viewing and it is believed that if one rubs a part of your body on it that the sickness will be healed.
During the early 8th Century, Gyōki founded this temple. The name of this temple is `triangular temple` which originates from the triangular goma altar used by Kūkai to exterminate a troublesome ghost which lived in this area. People believe that the main deity will ward off misfortune and allow for easy childbirth. People give a rice paddle if their prayers come true.
In 807, Kūkai 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 numerous buildings were constructed. Later, during the 16th Century, Motochika Chōsokabe visited here and as part of this campaign to control all of Shikoku, he burned down Unpenji.
It was founded by Kūkai 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 Chōsokabe. The Main Hall was rebuilt in the early 1600s. The large camphor tree at the bottom of the steps is said to have been planted by Kūkai.
In 703, a monk called Nisshō had a vision during which the god Hachiman appeared on a ship playing a koto. Nisshō took the ship and koto and enshrined them on the summit of Mt. Kotohiki (`harp-playing`). Kūkai later visited here and carved the Amida Nyorai statue. During the separation of Shintoism and Buddhism, it was moved to the same property as No. 69, Kanonji.
Nisshō also founded this temple which is beside Temple 68. When Kūkai came in 807, he carved the main deity and built a sanctuary to enshrine it on the hillside of the mountain. Kūkai increased the number of buildings and changed the name to Kanonji.
In 807, Kūkai founded and constructed this temple according to the wish of Emperor Heizei (774-824). It is said that this temple has avoided any 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.
Gyōki founded this temple and it was originally called `Eight Province Temple` (Yakuni-dera) because from here one can see eight surrounding provinces. When Kūkai revisited here in 807, he participated in the gumonjihō rite and changed its name. This temple is attributed with many miracle cures as seen by the number of crutches and other paraphernalia left here.
This temple, built in 596 and originally called Yozakaji, was the clan temple for the Saeki family the ancestors of Kūkai. After his return from China, Kūkai dedicated the Kongōkai and Taizōkai Mandala and changed the name of the temple to Mandalaji.
According to legend, Kūkai, 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.
When Kūkai was thinking of constructing a temple between Zentsūji and Mandaraji, an old man appeared from a cave at the foot of Mt. Kōyama saying, "If you built 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 Mannōike Pond.
Zentsūji Temple is the birth place of Kūkai (posthumously named Kōbō Daishi, 774-835) and Zentsūji City has developed to meet the needs of visitors to this site. Along with Kongōbuji on Mt. Kōya (Wakayama pref.) and Tōji temple in Kyoto, it is one of the three most important sites related to Kūkai. The temple grounds are large and there are many interesting sites to see. For example, the Kaidan-meguri is a 90 meter path under the Main Hall which must be walked in total darkness.
In 774, Wake no Michimaro (Dōzen) founded this temple and named it Dōzenji. Enchin (794-864), cousin of Kūkai, after returning from China in 858 lived here for awhile and remodeled the buildings to resemble Shōryūji in China. The buildings were destroyed during the 16th Century; however, they were rebuilt during the Kanei era (1624-1644).
The founding story of this temple is that in 749, Wake no Michitaka (Dōryū) accidently shot a nurse with an arrow and in his grief carved a statue of Yakushi Nyorai and constructed a small hut to enshrine it in. Later, Kūkai came and carved a larger statue and placed the smaller one inside.
It is believed that Gyōki founded this temple in the early 8th century and named it Dōjōji. Later, Kūkai visited here and restored the dilapitated buildings. Ippen (1239-1289) also stayed here converting the temple to the Jishū sect. For awhile this temple prospered as a nenbutsu training site.
Gyōki Bosatsu founded this temple during the 8th century and Kūkai restored it as a temple called Manishu-in. In the past the temple grounds were extensive including Manishu-in and Rurikōji, but with the separation of the temples and shrines it was moved to its present location.
This is the fourth provincial temples (kokubunji) in Shikoku and was founded by Gyōki Bosatsu who carved the 5.2m main deity statue. Later,Kūkai came, repaired the statue and made this temple a sacred site. The bell and Main Hall have escaped any damage over the centuries and are Important Cultural Treasures.
In 815, Kūkai buried a jewel at the Mt. Shiromine, dug a well, and prayed for the salvation of all living beings. Later, Chishō Daishi saw the spritual light given off by the jewel, carved a Senju Kanzeon statue and officially founded this temple. The tomb of Emperor Sutoku is located here.
Kūkai is said to have visited this site before going to China, built a grass hut and consecrated it as a sacred place. Later, in 832, Chishō Daishi came and was told by a mysterious old man to built various buildings in the area. There is a story from 400 years ago of a `ushi-oni` (devil cow) which tormented the local people. An expert archer, Yamada Kurando Takakiyo, was able to kill the beast and today, a statue of it can be seen at this temple.
According to legend, Gien Sōjō (d.728) founded this temple during the Taihō era (701-704). When a provincal shrine (Ichinomiya) was built in each province, Gyōki named it Ichinomiyaji. Between 806-810, Kūkai stayed here, carved and enshrined the main deity statue. Peek into in the small shrine of Yakushi Nyorai. It is said that if you are not of a good heart, you will not be able to pull your head out.
In 754, Ganjin visited this place on his way to Namba from China and built a sanctuary for which his disciple acted as abbot. Later in 815, Kūkai came here, constructed the Main Hall, carved and enshrined the main deity. This mountain is the site of a major battle between the Heike (Taira) and Genji (Minamoto) clans during the 12th Century.
Before Kūkai departed for China, it is said that he came here, planted eight chestnuts(ya-kuri) and prayed that his journey would be safe. Returning to Japan, he revisited this site and participated in ascetic training. At that time, 5 swords fell from heaven and a mountain God appeared declaring that this land was sacred. The eight chestnut seeds had grown into large trees.
When Fujiwara no Fuhito (659-720) was constructing Kōfukuji temple in Nara, his sister sent him three treasure balls in memorial of their father who had passed away; however, as the boat bearing these jewels passed through Shido Bay, the undersea dragon-god stole them. Fuhito married a local woman diver whom he asked to retrieve the balls. She agreed to do it if their son could inherit the Fujiwara clan. She was successful in getting the treasures, but unfortunately died as a result.
In 739, Gyōki built a sanctuary and enshrined the main deity. Later, Kūkai came here and prayed for a safe and succesful trip to China and conducted a fire ritual for seven nights. When he returned to Japan, he gave thanks for what he achieved in China and raised a memorial tower. The East Gate was moved from Ritsurin Garden, the cottage of the Takamatsu clan.
Gyōki is said to have made a hut here. Kūkai, after returning from China, built a sanctuary here and carved the main deity. The stone (Otsue-dō) in front of the Main Hall is said to be where he left his staff. This temple is the last one along the Shikoku pilgrimage route and many pilgrims leave their staff here feeling that its role is complete. This temple was one of the earliest temples to abolish the rule that women were not allowed to climb the mountains leading to a sacred site.