The “last” Sanuki Kokubun-ji (out of 4 different Kokubun-ji in 4 different prefectures) welcomes pilgrims with a magnificent pine tree and the main gate.
Once I went through the main gate, there was a mini 88 sacred temple tour, in which the main statues enshrined at each temple were lined up in a row, and it was quite spectacular.
The bell tower is the oldest in Shikoku, built in the Nara era period.
After finishing worship at the main temple, I went to Taishi do, then I noticed familiar faces, the two students who were doing pilgrims by bicycle. They seemed a little surprised because I cached up them while we met 3 days ago. However, they seemed to have visited 9 temples just in one day yesterday, including Shiramine-ji, so they were actually very fast 🙂