Iouzan Henjyoukouin Okuboji

Temple 88

【Pilgrim’s Song】
Buddhist healing from illness
People visit Okubo Temple

Principle Deity

This underpass is where you can see 88 male pilgrims. Even those with weak legs or those who do not have time can visit the Shikoku Pilgrimage. You can worship at Daishido upstairs.* Image 1

Main hall

There is a main hall, a middle hall, and a back hall of the two story pagoda. The main hall, Yakushi Nyorai and Mikuni priest staffs are enshrined in this back hall. * Image 2

The history and origin of Okuboji

Okuboji Temple, a sacred site of eighty-eight places, and the fulfillment of pilgrim vows (kechigan). Located on the east side of Mt. Yahazu (altitude 788m) near the border of Tokushima Prefecture. According to Engi, when Gyoki Bodhisattva visited this land in the first year of the Yōrō era, he sensed a vision and built the hermitage where he trained. Koho Daishi, who returned from Tang Dynasty in the 6th year of the Kōnin era, established the temple in a rock cavern in the present Okunoin, trained in the Gumonjihō, and established the temple. A life-size seated Yakushi Nyorai sculpture was sculpted and made the principal deity. In addition, the name of Okuboji Temple was decided upon as a place of enshrining the priest staffs from the Three Kingdoms (Indonesia, Tang (China), Japan) which were received from the High Monk, Huiguo . On the west side of the main hall, there is the Okunoin at Mt. Nyotai. It is said that a spring came forth when the Daishi took a tokko (single-pronged vajra) to devote water to the principal deity. Many people benefit from drinking the water with medicine.

Women who entered the mountain were recognized from early age and prospered as female “Takano”. At one time, it boasted of having more than 100 temple buildings. However, the hardships of suffering were repeated on the temple’s vigorous activities due to Tensho attacks and arson, and the great fire of the 33rd year of the Meiji era. However, it was redeveloped by the protection of the lord Takamatsu and the efforts of successive resident priests. We continue to protect the holy light of Buddha of the sacred grounds. “Dougyou ni nin” (Two Walking Together: Daishi is always with me) The “kongo” pilgrim’s staff, etc. Oblations and offerings to the Hojodo next to the Daishido. These are offered every year at “Saitou Gomaku” in spring and summer.

The highlights of Okuboji

Honzon, Hondo, Daishido (located at the top of the stone steps. Inside there is a dojo where you can step on the sand. Eighty-eight small shrines are enshrined and it is said that you can get the same benefits as worship if you go around all of Shikoku)

Annual events at Okuboji

Hongo Makoto
Date: 12th of every month (except August)
Date: 28th of every month
Goba Shiba
Date: March 21 (Spring Equinox), August 11 (Mountain Day)
Earth and sand holding law required
Date: September 23
Star Festival Act Summary
Date: December 22 (Winter Solstice)

Temple 88 Fudasho: Iozan Henjyokoin Okuboji

Shingon sect
Yakushi Nyorai
First Year of the Yōrō era (717)
On maka kyaronikya sowaka


Tawa Kanewari 96, Sanuki, Kagawa 769-2306
Available (free)

From Takashido Shishi IC through Prefectural Road 141 and Prefectural Road 3, turn left at the Tawa intersection and follow National Road 377 along the road.
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