Come to the temple on the banks of the clouds
From the foot of the mountain see the moon and sun
The life-size 500 Arhat statue, Buddha’s apprentices, are enshrined throughout the grounds, watching over those who visit. * Image 1
The principle deities of worship, The Seated Senju Kannon, Statue of Fudou Myou, Bishamonten, illustrations in silk of the coming of Buddha at the time of death (Raigō).
* Image 2 is the Seated Senju Kannonza statue
History and origin of Unpenji
The highest altitude of 911 meters in the Shikoku Sacred Site, near the summit of the Shikoku Mountains. Currently, it is possible to climb from the foot to the summit station or travel by ropeway. The address of the grounds is in Tokushima Prefecture, but as a sacred place, Sekijo-ji it is the beginning of Sanuki. According to Engi, Kobo Daishi climbed Unpenji three times. The first was in the 8th year of the Enryaku era, when Daishi was 16 years old, looking for building materials for Zentsuji Temple (No. 75). This is the founding of Unpenji. The second time, when he was 34 years old in the second year of the Daidō era (807), he had a treasure from China and received a secret training “Himitsu Kanjou”. In addition, in the ninth year of the Daidō era (818, Daishi 45 years old), he ascended at the behest of Emperor Saga (reigned 809-23), carved the main deity, and delivered the bones of the Buddha and the teachings of Vairocana (Buddhist stone), and in the mountain a memorial service for the seven Buddhas was performed it was set as a sacred place
The Sacred Grounds are commonly called “Shikokubo” and became a dojo for the study and training of monks who came from various countries to Shikoku and prospered as “Shikoku Takano”. In the first year of the Jōgan era (859-77), it became the temple built at the imperial order of of Emperor Seiwa (reigned 858-76). During the Kamakura period, the seven structured temple was also maintained, and it was said that it was the gateway to Awa, Iyo, and Iki as an old temple with 12 monks and 8 branch temples in the grounds. In the Tensho period (1573-92), Tosa’s great family, Motochika Sosoube camped at the white castle of this area and worships at Unpenji, looked down from the mountain, and planned for the domination of all Shikoku. At that time he was admonished by the high priest. Although the history of Unpenji has its fate, since the Edo period, it has received generous protection from the Awa feudal lord, Hachisuka. Surrounded by thousand of old cedars, they protect the light of Buddhism while surrounded by clouds.
The highlights of Unpenji
Kyogou, National Important Cultural Property, Unpenji Urayama Question and Answer (Question and Answer between Chosokabe Motochika and Toshitaka Sumiyo).
Bishamonten Observatory (You can enjoy a 360-degree view of the four seasons of Mount Unbeji.)
Temple 66 Fudasho: Kyogozan Senjyuin Unpenji
- Shingon Buddhism Omuro
- Senju Kanzeonen (Chinese work)
- Kobo Daishi
- 8th year of the Enryaku era (789)
- On basara tarama kiriku
- Ikeda-cho Hakuchi Norouchi 763, Miyoshi, Tokushima 778-5251
From Onohara Interchange, take National Route 11 and Prefectural Road 8 toward Takamatsu City. Follow the ropeway sign and follow the mountain road to arrive at the Unbeji Ropeway platform.
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