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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 7 Part 2

No. 30 Zenrakuji (Zenraku Temple)

Umemi Jizo (Stone Buddha) for head problems. 

I don’t want to become dementia. 

No. 29 Kokubunji (Kokubun Temple)

This temple has a nice garden.

Moss is nice and GREEN!

No. 28 Dainichiji (Dainichi Temple)

Lunch time!

A bowl of boiled whitebait.

Dessert was a homemade sweet potato; very natural.

Very peaceful…

No. 27 Konomineji (Konomine Temple)

No. 26 Kongochoji (Kongocho Temple)

Rubbed to prevent any cancers.

No. 25 Tsushoji (Tsusho Temple)

Needed to climbed-up…

The temple is located on a hill that can overlook the ocean.

How nice!

 No. 24 Hotsumisakiji (Hotsumisaki Temple)

Entered from the back.

One Wish Stone Buddha 

The Main Temple is surrounded by many nice constructions.

Sunstarted setting…the moment is so beautiful…

Proceeded to Mikurodo where Kobo Daishi practised.

While looking at the sky and ocean, Kobo Daishi decided to use the name Kukai.

Checked in at Hotel Riviera Shishikui in Shishikura Onsen (hot spring).

I like a tatami mat room and love an onsen!

Onsen water is slimy…you need to try it to understand what I mean.

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 7

A Christmas tree decorates the entrance of the Crown Palais New Hankyu Kochi.

Again, enjoyed local food buffet breakfast♪

No. 34 Tanemaji (Tanema Temple)

It feels good to start a day early.

I was at Tanemaji at 7:10 am. hahaha

No. 33 Sekkeiji (Sekkei Temple)

Finally facing Pacific Ocean.

No. 32 Zenjibuji (Zenjibu Temple)

Nice view from here.

No. 31 Chikurinji (Chikurin Tempe)

The direct translation of name of temple is Bomboo Forest.

Yes, moss is so beautiful and green.

Sorry, I need to catch up with my sleep. 

I will continue tomorrow.

By the way, guess what I had for lunch today.

My friend invited me for a bowl of Jakoten Udon at the Ehime Prefecture’s satellite shop in Tokyo.

I think I had enough for Jakoten noodle. Hahaha

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 6 (Second 1/2)

Sorry, I was too tired yesterday and I was literally forced to shut down; no more energy to stay awake.

I will continue from later half of Day 6.

Kochi Prefecture is famous for bonito fish.

I enjoyed Katsuo no Tataki (bonito sashimi) with two different sauce: ponzu (soy sauce with yuzu citrus) and shiodare (salty sauce).


I also enjoyed a Katsuo burger (bonito burger); surprisingly very delicious!

Melon Soda

No. 37 Iwamotoji (Iwamoto Temple)

I continued visiting temples.

The ceiling is nice, but what Marilyn Monroe doing here…!?

No. 36 Shoryuji (Shoryu Temple)

No. 35 Kiyotakiji (Kiyotaki Temple)

At the bottom of Yakushinyorai (Bhaisajyaguru/Buddha of Healing), there is a maze in dark).

It was scary because I couldn’t see anything. 

This was the last temple of the day.

I had time to enjoy Sun setting as well.

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 6 (1/2)

Starting my day with Japanese breakfast.

Hotel is just next to Uwajima Station.

The first temple is far from Hotel while driving, enjoyed a peaceful view.

No. Kanjizaiji (Kanjizai Temple)

My guardian, Senju-kannon (Thousand Armed Avalokiteshwara)

Kaeru (Frog) is a good luck charm in Japan because it sounds same as “Return”.

Happiness Returns, Wealth Returns, Illness Reurns

No. 39 Enkoji (Enko Temple)

Water is good for curing eye illness. 

Tap/rub some water around your eyes.

Further drove down to the most Southern poont of Shikoku island.

This is Shimantogawa (Shimanto River), one of three purest rivers in Japan.

No. 38 Kongo Fukuji (Kongo Happiness Temple)

The garden is beautiful.

This point is the most Southern spot in Shikoku.

This is John Manjiro who is one of people That studied in the USA. 

He became a translator for Japan when Japan is opening isolation in the mid 1850.

I visited more temples today, but I need to go to bed now.

I will continue tomorrow, oyasuminasai

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 5

Ate breakfast quickly to start “Day 5”.

No. 48 Sairinji (Sairin Temple)

Arrived the temple at 7:20 am.

I felt good because air is fresh and nobody was at the temple, quiet and peaceful.

There is an Enmado (Temple Hall Dedicated to Enma (Yama)).

This is very practical, I prayed for three together!

Left: Dainichinyorai (Mahavairocana), Center: Kobo Daishi, Right: Fudomyo-oh (Acala Naatha).

This Jizo (Ksitigarbha) brings happiness!

No. 47 Yasakaji (Yasaka Temple)

The ceiling of gate is beautiful.

At this hall, I walked through Hell and Heaven; I want to go to heaven….

At outside of the temple, Fudomyo-oh, await us.

When I find a string like this, I should hold it because God is holding the other end; I’ll be connected!!!

No. 46 Joruriji (Joruri Temple)

These are Buddha’s foot prints.

I took off my shoes and stepped on them with my feet! 

No. 45 Iwayaji (Iwaya Temple)

This temple is tough one.

Climbed up a steep slope for 20 mins, but scenery is nice and so refleshing!

Many Gods greeted me, encouraging!

Finally, I arrived!

On the way back, I noticed I missed many Gods on the way up.

Entered a cave (there is no light inside; need to use a candle) to meet Fudomyo-oh.

Fudomyo-oh on the mountain.

Lunch time!!!

I learned that Shikoku people eat large portion.

I shared this one set of soba and katsudon (fried breaded pork with egg) with Mom.
One portion lunch is enough for two adults!

No. 44 Daihoji (Daiho Temple)

I forgot to take a photo of gate because I was busy looking at a rainbow fuda (wish paper).

Wow, to get qualified to use this rainbow coloured wish paper, a person needs to conduct the Shikoku Pilgrimage (again, one Pilgrimage requires to visit 88 temples) 100 times and more!!!

I quickly took a photo of the gate from a car. hahaha

No. 43 Meisekiji (Meiseki Temple)

There are many cute animals on the ceiling!

No. 42 Butsumokuji (Butsumoku Temple)

No. 41 Ryukoji (Ryuko Temple)

The last temple of the day.

Today, we finished early because it will take an hour by car to reach next temple.

Checked in at Hotel Clement Uwajima.

Enjoyed local food for dinner.

40 more temples…Oyasuminasai 

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 4 (Hotel)

App keeps on crushing…why…?

I want to amend my blog, but I keep on failing….

I notice many spelling and grammar mistakes and sorry about it.

Hopefully, you still enjoy my blog.

The system crushed again; therefore I couldn’t finish today’s blog.

Tonight, I checked in at Matsuyama Tokyu Rei Hotel.

This hotel is nicely located near to the shopping arcade area: Okaido.

I could easy walk to a nice local food restaurant: Nagasaka.

I’m full and tired…Oyasuminasai

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 4

This is local food, sea bream with rice and soup.

This hotel has a nice Japanese garden with many big carps.

Thank you Yunosato Komachi Onsen Shikokuya!
Okay, let’s head for the first temple….

No. 60 Yokomineji (Yokomine Temple)

This temple is on Mt. Ishizuka.

It was a good 10 mins mountain walk to the Yokomineji.

I twisted this stick to get good luck.

No. 59 Kokubunji (Kokubun Temple)

After praying at the Main Temple and Daishido, I shoock hand with Kobo Daishi. hehehe

No. 58 Senyuji (Senyu Temple)

Kannon-sama (Avalokitesvara) will also receive us with a smile.

No. 58 Eifukuji (Eifuku Temple)

I bought a good luck charm for legs.

I hurt my knees by falling from stairs.

I surely need a good luck charm.

No. 56 Taisanji (Taisan Temple)

I turned a stone to cut my relation with hell.

No. 55 Nankobo (Nanko Temple)

There are four guardians to protect the temple.

No. 54 Enmeiji (Enmei Temple)

I had Udon noodle again for lunch; it’s fast to serve.

Temples are located at nice places; I can enjoy nice view from a car.

No. 53 Enmyoji (Enmyo Temple)

These days, Christianity arrived Japan; however, there was a period that Shogun prohibited to believe in Christianity.

Therefore, things that related to Christianity were destroyed.

This Christianity Stone (Maria in Cross) survived because Maria’s face is so calm that people believed she is Kannon-sama (Avalokistesvara).

No. 52 Taisanji (Taisan Temple)

I turned the stone to earn reciting a sutra.

No. 51 Ishiteji (Ishite Temple)

This temple knows hot to excite a visitor; just look at pictures.

There is an aged wooden arcade to the temple.

There is a nice gate.

There is a Goju no To (Pagoda).

No. 50 Hantaji (Hanta Temple)

No. 49 Jodoji (Jodo Temple)

The last temple of the day!

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The Shikoku Pligrimage: Day 3

Ohayo Setonaikai (Seto Island Sea)!

I could see the Seto Ohashi (Seto Big Bridge) at the horizons.

I ate breakfast quickly because I didn’t have much time before departure.

No. 71 Iyadaniji (Iyadani Temple)

This temple is located on the top of the mountain.

It’s nice in Autumn color…

I had to exercise in the morning. 

There are so many steep stairs and each step is high.

It was like climbing a mountain!

On the way to the main temple, Stone Buddhas greet us.

The Main Temple

This temple is unique, Kobo Daishi is enshrined in the cave.

I wasn’t allowed to take a photo so you need to visit yourself.

No. 70 Motoyamaji (Motoyama Temple)

The Main Temple

Unfortunately,  Goju no To (Pagoda) was under reconstruction.

No. 69 Kannonji (Kannon Temple)

Kannonji and Jinnein is just next to each other; therefore sharing the same gate.

In the early morning, there are so many people to pray.

The Main Temple

No. 68 Jinnein (Jinne Temple)

The main temple for Jinnein is very modern.

Yes, this is a temple and inside is beautiful.

We can also admire the nice Japanese garden or should I say it a landscape…?

No. 67 Daikoji (Daiko Temple)

Kongo Rikishi (Two Guardians) will receive us at the gate.

These gaurdians are sculptures by a famous sculptor of Bhuddist images, Unkei.

The Main Temple

No. 66 Unpenji (Unpen Temple)

To reach Unpenji, we need to take a rooeway.

Officially we supposed to pray at the Main Temple first, then continue at the Daishido where Kobo Daishi is enshrined.

However, we started from Daishi because another group also arrived there by the same ropeway.

This Daishido is unique because there is a nice Daishido, even large, but Kobo Daishi is enshrined at the smaller house at the behind of the big and gorgeous building.

This is the main temple

There is an eggplant shape stone that will make wish come true.

Walk through the hole; sit then pray.

Yesterday, I introduced a beaded circle can replace reciting a sutra.

At this temple, I found tubes to turn replacing reciting the sutra.

Lunch break

No. 65 Sankakuji (Sankaku Temple)

The Main Temple 

This is the reason we call this temple Sankakuji, direct translation “Triangle Temple”.

The pond is shape of a triangle.

No. 64 Maegamiji (Maegami Temple)

Why it’s in red…?

Does water contain some minerals such as iron…?

The Main Temple

No. 63 Kichijoji (Kichijo Temple)

The Main Temple

This is the only temple among 88 to worship the Vaisravana.

No.62 Hojuji (Hoju Temple)

The Main Temple

No. 61 Koonji (Koon Temple)

This is another modern temple.

The Main Temple and the Daishido are both located inside of this BUILDING.

Koyasu Daishido (Kobo Daishi holding a baby)

Today I prayed at 11 temples.

When Sun sets, temples close.

Time to go to hotel.

Checked in at Yunosato Komachi Onsen Shikokuya.

There is no bath in a room because there is a public onsen (hot spring).

It’s nice to dip in onsen to refresh, especially after climbing many stairs!

Before enjoying an onsen, I enjoyed local food

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 2

Sayonara Okura Hotel Takamatsuuuuu
Today, I visited as many as 13 temples!

No. 84 Yashimaji (Yashima Temple)
This temple is so beautiful. 

This is the back gate, not the main gate; yet, so beautiful.

This temple is special because Ganjin-wajo (Jiangzen) founded this temple.

The main temple

Close look of the main temple

No. 83 Ichinomiyaji (Ichonomiya Temple)

Do you want to hear the sound of Cauldron of Hell?

Just stick your head in!

I heard it…

No. 82 Negoroji (Negoro Temple)

There is a Gyuki (Devil) outside of the temple.

Temple is nicely coloured in autumn!

This is a good place to admire mountain colours.

No. 81 Shiramineji (Shiramine Temple)

I hit the bell, sounded calming.

Unfortunately, our driver couldn’t find a parking space because the place was already packed with cars.

He asked to proceed without him. 

Of course, I cannot recite the sutra perfectly yet; but I did my best. 

I hope God will forgive me even I couldn’t recite it smoothly.

No. 80 Kokubunji (Kokubun Temple)

There she is Benzaiten (Benten-sama).

She is one of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune.

She is Godness of Beauty, Virtue and Good Fortune.

This is the oldest bell in Shikoku. 

This bell is the original bell since this temple was established.

It could be 1,200 years old…?

I learned that I should hit the bell before prayer to calm my mind.

If I hit it after prayer, I will bring bad fortune….

No. 79 Tennoji (Tenno Temple)

This back gate reminds me Europe…it’s obviously not Japanese style.

I think these are mosaic tiles…? 

This is the main gate and this gate is so unique.

There is a main Torii (gate) and there are two small Torii at each side.

This is one of three gates in this form.

I was given 30 mins for lunch.

The area is famous for Sanuki Udon (local noodle); therefore, this noodle was delicious.

This is a self service udon shop, same system as Hanamaru Udon, reasonable and delicious!

No. 78 Goshoji (Gosho Temple)

The ceiling is nicely decorated.

No. 77 Doryuji (Doryu Temple)

There is God for eyes as well.

No. 76 Konzoji (Konzo Temple)

These beads are in loop and located at the center of the main temple.

I pulled these beads to make one turn, it means I recite a sutra once.

There is a big bead to indicate the beginning.

And I found this Sound Mandala.

No. 75 Zentsuji (Zentsu Temple)

This is where Kobo Daishi (the founder of Shingon) was borned.

Main Temple

Nice Goju no To (Pagoda)!

Of course, two guardians (A-Un) guards Kobo Daishi.

This Daishido (where Kobo Daishi himself is enshrined) means special to us because again, HE WAS BORNED HERE!

No. 74 Koyamaji (Koyama Temple)

There is a cute gate inside.

I like how the roof is decorated; cute ones are guarding the main temple.

No. 73 Shusshakaji (Shushaka Temple)

Senju Kannon (Thousand Armed Avalokiteshvara) is God for Year of Rat (Chinese Era).

The direct translation of this temple is “Buddha appears (Shusshaka)”.

When Kobo Daishi was seven, he asked Buddha if he is not meant to contribute hislife for Buddhism, just take his life; then jumped off this cliff.

Buddha appreared with a Heavenly Maiden to save him for falling.

Buddha told him to open a temple here.

This is a photo with Kobo Daishi with the cliff.

No. 72 Mandaraji (Mandara Temple)

The last temple of the day.

After 4:30 pm, we cannot light the candle to avoid causing a fire.

We can just place it to pray.

These are the original roof tiles.

Checked in at Okura Hotel Marugame.

Yesterday, I stayed at Okura Hotel Takamatsu, must be associated.

However, a room is bigger and it has a big observation public bath.

Hotel is nicely facing Setonaikai (Seto Island Sea) and it seems this hotel is used for a special occasions.

Again, food is delicious…I thought this trip will be a good for diet, but I’m failing…. hummmm