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Ryozen-ji is the first temple in the Shikoku Henro or the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The temple is popularly known as "Ichiban san," and it offers clothing and necessities for the pilgrimage. There is a tower called Taho-to and Hosho-ike (pond) that has carps in the precinct creating a refined atmosphere. The temple is crowded all year round with pilgrims in white clothing from all over the world. Nowadays, many people visit the temple as a power spot or for their health.
- 126 Aza-Tsukahana, Oasa-ho Bando, Naruto-shi, Tokushima
- Contact No.
- 5-min walk from Bando Station on JR Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
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What is O-henro?
In the Heian period about 1,300 years ago, a famous Buddhist monk, Kobo Daishi, founded 88 temples in Shikoku to ward off harmful things. The journey of O-henro begins at the first temple Ryozen-ji, then continues to Kochi and Ehime prefecture. The long 1,400 km journey ends at the 88th Okubo-ji in Kagawa prefecture. If you make this pilgrimage on foot all the way, it would take 40 to 60 days.
Hosho-ike and Haiku
Six golden mizuko (diseased fetus or stillborn babies) are kneeling down on lotus leaves and looking up at Mizuko Jizo (guardian) in Hosho-ike. Near the pond, you can contribute your Haiku (traditional Japanese poem) in a box called Sanpai Haiku Tokubako.
Lanterns and a Ceiling Painting of a Dragon
The main hall has numerous lanterns. Their gentle orange light illuminates the dim hall beautifully and solemnly. There is a dragon painted on the ceiling, and the expressions of the dragon changes depending on the viewing angle.