Sareizan Senkoin Senyuji

Temple 58

【Pilgrim’s Song】
While resting in the Sakurei hall
Chant the six characters and read the sutra

Sacred Ground of Sand

The main Buddhist statue of the great teacher of the 88 sacred sites in Shikoku, is sculptured with stone slabs buried in sand around the foot of the statue. If you keep your heart in mind, you will be able to receive great benefits. * Image 1


We have set up Shukubo so that the pilgrims can recover from their fatigue and continue their journey. Spend a quiet night in the mountains where the master has spoken. (All rooms Japanese-style room, reservation required) * Image 2

The history and origin of Senyuji

The precincts are located on a hill with an altitude of 300m near the summit of Sakureisan, which is the name of the mountain. Beyond that, the islands floating in the Seto Inland Sea, and the Shimanami Kaido, which opened in 1999, have a panoramic view.
The founding was made by the edict of Emperor Tenchi (reigning 668-671), and the lord of Iyo, Moriko Ochi founded the temple. The main statue of Senden Kannon Bodhisattva is a memorial Buddha of the emperor. It is said that a dragon-woman came up from the sea and engraved and enshrined it in the reverent manner of bowing three times for each carving put into the deity. For this reason, there is a legend that “Sakureizan” became the mountain name and was derived from from Ryūgū (the undersea palace of the Dragon King).
In addition, there is a legend at Senyuji where a monk named Abo Sennin stayed for 40 years and established a seven structure temple, but disappeared suddenly in the second year of the Yōrō era (718). The temple name comes from Abo Sennin.
When Kobo Daishi repaired this temple at the time of the opening of the Shikoku sacred sites, he dug a well to relieve people suffering from illnesses and restored the ruined seven structure temple. This well remains on the side of the old approach, and is believed to have saved many people from various illnesses.
In the Edo period, the temple was devastated and only the main hall and twelve Buddhist statues were found, but in the early Meiji period, the high monk, Yūren Shonin became the lord of the mountain and worked with many believers to revive it. Yūren Shonin is considered as the last imbued Buddha in Japan in the 4th year of the Meiji era. In the temple grounds, there is a five storied pagoda that is a memorial to him.

The highlights of Senyuji

Ryūgū Sakura Monument, Inuzuka Pond

Annual events at Senyuji

Revision meeting, first prayer meeting, new year prayer meeting
Date: Three days
Evil Flyer
Date: 2nd Sunday in January
General young society
Date: January 17
Date: February 3
Flower festival
Date: April 8
Kobo Daishi Mikage
Date: April 29
46,000-day large law society (summer festival)
Date: The last Sunday of August 9
New Year’s Eve
Date: December 31
Date: 21st of every month

Temple 58 Fudasho: Sareizan Senkouin Senyuuji

Koyasan Shingon sect
Senju Kanzeon
Moriko Ochi
Late 7th century
On basara tarama kiriku


Tamagawacho Besshokou 483, Imabari, Ehime 794-0113
Yes * Regular car 400 yen as road maintenance fee
Yes (50 people, reservation required)
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From Imabari Interchange, take National Routes 196 and 317 toward Tamagawacho. Turn left at the bus stop Osuki and follow the mountain road.
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