Located in Awa, Horinji is also called the Dharma Wheel Temple and has the only surviving example of a reclining Buddha on the pilgrimage. It is popular for healing illnesses of the feet and waist.
Also called the Temple of Everlasting Joy, Anrakuji was founded by Kobo Daishi after he struck his staff into the ground and brought forth a hot spring. The people in the area made the springs into a bath that is said to have curative powers. The bath house is just north of where the temple currently sits.
Gokurakuji is also in Naruto, a little over a kilometer from Temple 1. This temple become very popular with pregnant women and has come to be known as the temple that grants easy childbirth. There is a thousand year old cedar tree on the temple grounds that women touch while praying for easy child birth. It is also said that if you pray will touching the cedar tree, it will grant long life. Like Temple 1, this temple is said to be founded in the 8th century and was burned down in the 16th century.
One of the other big things I wanted to do this year is show some of the photos we’ve taken at the temples on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage here on Shikoku Island. It’s a pilgrimage that goes through all four prefectures on our island and starts in Tokushima. We’ve been to all 23 temples in Tokushima and will be moving onto the Kochi temples in the spring.
Since we’re almost halfway through the second month of the year, maybe we should get started, so here’s the first temple: Ryozenji.
Ryozenji is located in Naruto and was founded in the 8th century. It was burned down twice and the current temple was rebuilt in 1964.
We visited Ryozenji as part of a tour group that was seeing several Tokushima sites, including the first two temples on the pilgrimage, so time was a bit limited and I don’t have as many pictures.