After visiting Yasakaji, I went through Yatsuzuka, which is said to be the grave of Emonsaburo’s children, and visited Fudahajime Daishido Hall. The formal name is Komura Daishido, which is the outer Buddhist temple of Dairenji. It is one of the 88 extra sacred places in Shikoku. The principal image is Kobo Daishi. It is said that the Osamefuda started when Emonsaburo, who chased Kobo Daishi, apologized to the statue of Daishi in this hall and kept his name and address. There are many sacred places related to Kobo Daishi around here.
That is the 9th temple of Shikoku exceptional Sacred Sites. The principal images are Monju Bosatsu, Jizo Bosatsu and Kobo Daishi. The founder was also Kobo Daishi. It is said to be the site of the house of Emonzaburo, the origin of the pilgrimage. There are many old families around and it reminds us of the past.
That is the 47th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage.It is close from Joruriji by walking in Satoyama. It’s honzon (principal image of Buddha) is Amida Nyorai and En no Gyoja (a semi-legendary holy man noted for his practice of mountain asceticism during the second half of the seventh century) was the founder of the temple. It is said that the name of the temple comes from the fact that it was built by cutting eight slopes. From the cemetery in thisi temple, you can enjoy a wide view of Matsuyama city and countryside. A cat was guarding the temple gate.
That is the 46th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage.It is about 30 km from Iwayaji. The principal image is Yakushi Nyorai (the Healing Buddha) which is said to have been carved by Gyoki. Built by Gyoki. The trees in the precincts are well taken care of. The Nozenkazura in front of the Daishi-do was in full bloom. There is also a stone with a haiku by Shiki MASAOKA. “Nagaki Hiya Emon Saburo Jyoruriji”
I head for Joruriji from Iwayaji. Misaka Pass is a dangerous place on the Tosa-kaido Road connecting Matsuyama and Kochi. I could see the town of Matsuyama faintly from the pass. At the foot of the mountain, after passing the mountain pass, there is the famous old henro-yado “Sakamotoya”. Unfortunately, the day I visited was a holiday.
That is the 45th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage. The lord is Fudo Myo which is said to have been carved by Kobo Daishi. This temple was also built by Kobo Daishi. This temple is a sacred mountain surrounded by rock walls, and the entire surrounding mountain is the principal image. Before visiting the shrine, I was able to meet Ms.Ochi, who supports the pilgrimage in Kumakogen-cho. The pilgrimage is supported by such merciful people. Thank goodness.
That is the 44th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage. The principal image is the 11 faced Kanzeon Bosatsu, which is said to have been carried by monks from Kudara(one country in ancient Korea). It was built by the order of Emperor Tenmu. Half of the pilgrimage to the 88 sacred places was completed. From Uchiko-cho to Kumakogen-cho, I devoted myself to walking the pilgrimage route in the mountains in the rain. The trees are so green.
It is a 67 kilometer walk from Meisekiji to Daihoji. On the way, I visited the kubizuka (burial mound for heads) of Juro and Goro SOGA, the main characters of Soga Monogatari (The Tale of Soga), which is said to be one of the three major revenge scenes in Japan. It was very quiet in a remote mountain. They are still worshipped by the local people.
That is the 8th temple of Shikoku exceptional Sacred Sites. The principal image is Senju Kannon (Thousand Armed) and Miroku Bosatsu. There is a legend that Kobo Daishi slept in the field under this bridge, and the ohenro people don’t use a stick to cross on any bridge to prevent Kobo Daishi from waking up. The main hall of the temple is under restoration after being hit by heavy rain last year. After visiting the shrine, I enjoyed ‘Mochimugi Noodles’ at Michi no Eki “Karari” in Uchiko-cho. The taste is rich and delicious.
That is the 7th temple of Shikoku exceptional Sacred Sites. The honzon (principal image of Buddha) is one thousand hands Kannon. The temple stands on top of Mt. Izushi, which is 812 meters above sea level. I managed to get there from the foot of the mountain despite the heavy rain. Since I was hungry and cold, I cannot forget the taste of “Shussekiji Udon” that I ate in the cafeteria on the shrine grounds.