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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…
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…
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…
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…
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.