Looking at the information at Yokomine-ji, it seemed that going down to Koon-ji would not change the time so much than going back the same route to the hotel. And I still had enough time, so I decided to visit Koon-ji.
On the way to Koon-ji, there is inner sanctuary of Koon-ji, named Shirataki. The mountain route is better maintained and easier to walk than the one I climbed. The building of the inner sanctuary, Shirataki, does not look like a temple.
But if I mean Shirataki doesn’t look like a temple, then Koon-ji itself is quite a surprise. It’s a huge building that doesn’t look like a temple at all, and I don’t even find out where to go inside for a while 🙂
In fact, on the second floor of this huge building, there are both the main temple and Taishi-do. The atmosphere of the Dainichi-Nyorai in the main temple is very similar to the one at Senyu-ji this morning, but there are many chairs so that a lot of people can gather here. Many of the visitors were accompanied with small children, and some were obviously pregnant, so it was easy to see why this temple was so popular.
It is said that one day a pregnant woman suffered in front of the gate, and Kobo-Daishi practiced Buddhist ritual on her, then she made a safe birth of healthy boy. Because of this legendary story, I guess there’re many pregnant women and people with children.