Day 19: No.41 Ryuko-ji (龍光寺)

Sign post, the old one and the new one

Torii !? even for sacred temple ?

The sun finally started to shine and I was relieved a bit. I left my backpack at guest house Mima and walked to Ryuko-ji. I saw the mountains in the distance covered in white snow. Hmm, it could be tough from tomorrow.

The Ryuko-ji is combination of temple and shrine

No.41 Ryukou-ji seems to have a history of syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism. That’s why instead of a temple gate, there is a torii gate (the red gate in the picture) and guardian dogs and so on. Indeed I feel it’s bit strange but interesting.

The main temple of No.41 Ryuko-ji


After I recited the sutra, I talked a bit with the priest.

“It is bit chilly today, isn’t it ?”
“Ah, it hasn’t been cold at all this year in fact. There was no snow neither. Usually around this time of year, there would be a lot of snow around here”

Honestly, I thought it was very cold today, but maybe I was lucky. However, the weather changed rapidly and started to snow on the way back to guest house Mima.

A hut is covered by another building

Nice view from Ryuko-ji

The temple stamp of No.41 Ryuko-ji

Dedicated toJyuichi-men-Kanzeon-Bosatsu (十一面観世音菩薩)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
DenominationShingon-sect Omuro-group (真言宗御室派)
Mantraおん まか きゃろにきゃ そわか
On Maka Kyaronokikya Sowaka
Next templeNo.42 Butsumoku-ji (2.6 Km away)
Previous templeNo.40 Kanjizai-ji (50.2 Km away)
No.41 Ryuko-ji