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Iwaya-ji Temple

The 45th stop on Shikoku’s 88-temple pilgrimage is a temple whose principle deity is the mountain itself

Deep in the mountain, there is a temple that considers the mountain its main deity. Walk through the main gate and climb the steep 600-meter approach often called henro korogashi (“pilgrim roller”), and you will come upon the Hondō main hall. The Daishi-dō hall, which stands surrounded by rocky hills, is an officially designated Important Cultural Property, and the temple grounds is a National Scenic Area as well as a Prefectural Natural Park. Beyond the Hondō up a 300-meter hill, there is seriwari zenjo, a place where Kōbō-Daishi conducted his ascetic training. Go through rocks and up some chains and a ladder, and you will come to the rock-top where Hakusan Gongen (the syncretic Shintō-Buddhist deity of Hakusan) is enshrined, and admire Mount Ishizuchi in the distance. Anazenjō, a place where mystical water springs out, is said to have been dug by Kōbō-Daishi. In the fall the foliage decorates the area around the rocks, creating a beautiful contrast.

Basic information

Location
1468 Nanatori, Kumakogen-cho, Kamiukena-gun, Ehime
Access
An approximately 30-minute drive on National Route 33 from Matsuyama IC toward Kochi
Turn left onto Prefectural Route 12 and drive for approx. 20 minutes
Telephone number
0892-57-0417
Hours
Hours for presenting a hand-copied sutra and getting stamped 7am-5pm (open for visitation anytime)
Notes:
Parking fee ¥300 (privately operated)
Official website
http://shikoku88-iwayaji.com

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