Day 30: No.67 Daiko-ji (大興寺)

A resting place for pilgrims

This is a resting place for pilgrims, which seems to be built from the encounter with a plasterer, who wondered if he could teach his skills to young plasterers. I could see the magnificent dragons and cranes painted with trowel.

A nice view of the countryside in front of Daiko-ji

The main gate of No.67 Daiko-ji

A big (more 3 meters tall) and magnificent Nio-statue, said to be by famous Unkei

Daiko-ji Temple welcomes pilgrims with magnificent Nio-statues at its main gate. Thinking about the main gate, most temples these days seem to have Nio-statues in front of the gate and a large straw sandals dedicated behind it. By the time I arrived at the temple, it seemed it would be going to rain…

The camphor tree on the approach to the temple is also magnificent.

The main temple of No.67 Daiko-ji

Interestingly, tanka poetry is written on the column, instead of the name of the temple

The inscriptions on the pillars of the main temple are also interesting. It is usually a name of its temple but this one looks like a tanka poetry.


Student pilgrims I met at guest house Aozora-ya

While I was in the temple, the student pilgrims who I met at guest house Aozora-ya followed me 🙂

The temple stamp of No.67 Daiko-ji

Dedicated toYakushi-Nyorai (薬師如来)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
DenominationShingon-sect Zentsuuji-gruop (真言宗善通寺派)
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.68 Jinne-in & No.69 Kanon-ji (8.7 Km away)
Previous templeNo.66 Unpen-ji (9.4 Km away)
No.67 Daiko-ji