Ishiteji

Ishiteji, Matsuyama

Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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282 reviews
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82
Very good
120
Average
55
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19
Terrible
6

Owen L
Shanghai, China224 contributions
Free entry to sprawl of shrines and caves
Jul 2019 • Solo
I came in from the east side and came across lots of stone statues. It’s a bit of a mess in that end with cardboard boxes and everything looking a bit ill-kept. Lots of caves and strong smell of incense. Many little nooks and crannies to explore. Even four cats near the front entrance. No bathrooms.
Written July 29, 2019
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ozteddy
Brisbane, Australia453 contributions
Interesting experience
Apr 2019 • Couples
I like visiting temples and shrines in Japan and by now have seen hundreds, and the reviews for this one made me very interested to visit. It is a 'strange' shrine and much of it looks very neglected and desperately in need of repair which is very unusual in Japan. The buildings were nothing extraordinary, but there was so much 'stuff' around the place that we spent a few hours exploring. It is so obviously a popular devotion spot judging by the number of offerings, and there were plenty of people there praying during our visit.
The cave is 'weird' - can't think of another word for it - with a line of small statues up the centre of the path at just the right height for you to bash your knee against in the dim light, but I did enjoy the visit to see for myself. It's an short walk from Dogo Onsen area so easy to do if you're in the area.
Written April 24, 2019
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BigTA
Arlington, VA149 contributions
Interesting, worth it if you are nearby
Sep 2018
This was an interesting visit. A pretty easy walk from Dogo Onsen. Checked out the pagoda. Had an interesting conversation with one of the monks about O-henro, and someone on the henro actually came up to get their book stamped and signed while I was talking to him. Went to the back and through the tunnel to the inner temple, which was interesting.
Written December 31, 2018
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ggm
Honolulu, HI1,439 contributions
Don't miss the tunnel into the mountain.
May 2018 • Couples
There are some unusual features to this temple, which is one of the 88 temples on the Shikoku pilgrimage path, in particular the tunnel that cuts through the mountain behind the main temple, ill-lit with uneven steps but lined with many buddhas, there's a side passage leading to more buddhas, too, and if you emerge from the other side there's a curious site, the Botchan Sutajiamu just up the hill across the street with many odd carvings, not to be missed.
Written October 12, 2018
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oyeah2015
California51 contributions
Last Stop on Temple Tour
Sep 2018 • Couples
This temple is pretty close to the main tourist area in Matsuyama so you won't be alone here. Typical chaotic, cluttered area with shops, places to eat. That being said I enjoyed the grounds and it was certainly convenient to our hotel and onsen.
Written October 11, 2018
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Nonnapn
Manila, Philippines501 contributions
Charming, cluttered temple number 51 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage
Sep 2018 • Couples
Ishiteji is an important stop along the pilgrimage as this is supposedly established by the reincarnation of Emon Saburo, the original henro or pilgrim. It was busy with preparations for a local event the day we visited. There is a pagoda and lots of small buildings, many statues and a few shops. Quite interesting and charming despite the busy-ness.
Written October 1, 2018
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Natasha I
Montreal, Canada94 contributions
Walking to the temple is half the fun!
Apr 2018 • Family
Walking to Ishiteji from Dogo Onsen (up the stairs to Isaniwa shrine and then from the back parking lot of Isaniwa) is the best way to experience this temple (which is temple 51 of 88 on the Henro pilgrimage). We took a detour through the bamboo forest which led us to a creepy abandoned structures in the woods and made for a spectacularly eerie adventure (on a hiking trail that has not been well-maintained and was difficult to follow). When we emerged (at a cemetery) and continued down the road, we reached the inner temple which consisted of a giant golden dome and a haunting statue of an emaciated Buddha. Across the street, hidden behind a giant rock, was the entrance to the cave leading to Ishiteji. If we hadn't known to look out for this cave entrance, it's possible we would have walked right by. We walked through the cave, which was narrow, dank, and dimly lit, and stretched for about 200 metres (not recommended for claustrophobes). What a cool little experience! Once we arrived at Ishiteji, we explored the area a bit. It was peaceful and serene, nothing out of the ordinary and what you would expect for a Shinto shrine in Japan. I did notice that there were thousands of origami chains draped near the structures of the shrine made up of tens of thousands of tiny and colourful origami pieces - very impressive and I can't even imagine how long it took to make all of these. Behind the main building, there was a trail leading to the top of the hill and which should not be missed. If you take it all the way to the top, you can get a breathtaking 360 degree view of Matsuyama. This temple is definitely worth the visit, especially if you walk around and explore all of what surrounds it!
Written May 27, 2018
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ItalyMar
Italy303 contributions
Many tourists stop at the Dogo Onsen
Apr 2018 • Couples
Many tourists stop at the Dogo Onsen and miss this peaceful temple. Don’t make the same mistake. You can reach it with a 20 minute walk from Dogo onsen or with a short bus ride (there is also bus n.8 from the station). Your guide (as mine did) could consider it only another temple along the Shikoku Pilgrimage but if you have visited other temples you’ll consider the atmosphere of Ishiteji unique and will remember its beauty.
It is the 51st temple of the Shikoku Pilgrimage and its small area has several temples each with its own peculiarity. Near the main temple a trail can take you on the hill.
If you are not claustrophobic don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Buddha filled cave just behind the main temple. It is long, narrow, not well lighted (an occasional bat flying who knows where) and in a couple of minutes you’ll be on the other side of the cave. On the hill on your right there is statue of the Buddhist monk.
Written May 6, 2018
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Perry H
San Diego, CA1,823 contributions
Vacation
Apr 2018 • Friends
Absolutely a beautiful and serene place to visit, Sit and relax. Beautiful Temples and Shrines, amazing architecture and picture opportunities. Many statues of various beings and gods and just a tranquil setting. Very well worth the visit.
Written April 12, 2018
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traveler84121
Salt Lake City, UT15 contributions
A wonderful adventure
Nov 2017 • Couples
This temple was unlike any I have seen. It was an adventure to explore the grounds. Trees and plants were overgrown hiding some beautiful statutes. This temple is famous because of the monk Kukai and is on the pilgrimage route for the island. A statue of Kūkai is on the hill overlooking the temple. There is a treasure house at one end. There are stores and stands. Behind the main building there is the entrance to a cave with more sculptures. When you leave the cave at the other end, you see an entry with the statue of Kūkai above it. Walk through it and you will shortly find an unusual building, approximately 500 wood statues and a statue of a very emanciated Buddha when living on a grain of rice a day.
Written January 22, 2018
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