Day 23: No.50 Hanta-ji (繁多寺)

The Matsuyama castle can be seen

No.50 Hanta-ji is located on slightly higher hill, and from the hilltop, I could see Matsuyama Castle on top of a rounded mountain.

The main gate of No.50 Hanta-ji

The main temple and the bell tower of No.50 Hanta-ji

Although Hanta-ji is located in the residential area, it has a fairly quiet atmosphere. Passing through the modest main gate of the temple without Nio-statue, I found the main temple and the Taishi-do, which are also modestly built.

At the handwash basin

Interestingly, there’s Torii (The gate for shrine) in the precincts of Hanta-ji

Here, I could recite the sutra while there was no one around me. Indeed, it was good to be able to concentrate on reciting sutra in such a quiet environment.


According to the lady who put the stamp and wrote the script at Nyokyo-jyo, the Henro route is difficult to follow, and she advised me to take the prefectural road 40 to be able to reach No.51 Ishide-ji without getting lost. However, she also said that prefecture road 40 seems to be narrow with a heavy traffic, so I decided to take the henro route.

The temple stamp of No.50 Hanta-ji

Dedicated toYakushi-Nyorai (薬師如来)
Founded byGyoki-Bosatsu (行基菩薩)
DenominationSIngon-sect Busan-group (真言宗豊山派)
Mantraおん ころころ せんだり まとうぎ そわか
On Korokoro Sendari Matougi Sowaka
Next templeNo.51 Ishide-ji (2.8 Km away)
Previous templeNo.49 Jyodo-ji (1.7 Km away)
No.50 Hanta-ji