Pilgrimage

Pilgrimages resounding with the sound of the bell.

Once taken by Kobo Taishi, this route is the Matsuyama pilgrimage circuit of holy Buddhist temples

[46] Joruri-ji (temple)

In A.D. 708, Gyoki made the "Yakushi-nyorai" deity statue and dedicated it as the main object of worship. It was the very first of its kind. Here, the "Ichigan-benten" deity is worshipped as guardian of knowledge and art.

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[47] Yasaka-ji (temple)

Ochi Tamaoki was commanded by Emperor Monmu to build this temple in A.D. 701. The seated "Amida Nyorai" deity statue, the principal image, is said to be the first of its kind.

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[48] Sairin-ji (temple)

The 11-headed "Juichimen-kannon" deity statue is said to have been made by Kobo Taishi and the "Bisha-monten" and "Fudo-myou" deity statues by Gyoki. There's a spot where Kobo Taishi pierced his cane into the ground and water came gushing out to form a small pond. That pond, the "Tsue-no-fuchi", still remains on to this day.

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[51] Ishite-ji (temple)

Built in A.D. 728 by Kokushi Ochita Tamasumi as decreed by Emperor Shomu, this temple holds many objects designated as national treasures and important cultural assets. It is said that "Kongo-rikishi" deity statues in the barbican gate were made by an Unkei-family sculptor and the main enshrinement, the "Yakushi-nyorai" deity statue, by Gyoki.

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