Day 33: Gyokusen-ji, inner shrine of No.87 Nagao-ji (長尾寺奥の院 玉泉寺)

Finally, the sign post started to show the last sacred temple Ookubo-ji (大窪寺)

After leaving Shido-ji, I finally started to see Ookubo-ji, the last sacred temple of this pilgrimage, on sign posts.

The main gate of Gyokusen-ji, inner shrine of No.87 Nagao-ji

I think it’s interesting or rather strange that the inner shrine is appeared before the main temple even though I’m following the “official” pilgrimage route. For example, today, I reached Jizo-ji (the inner shrine of No.86 Shido-ji) before Shido-ji, and now I reached Gyokusen-ji (the inner shrine of No.87 Nagao-ji) before Nagao-ji 🙂

The main temple of Gyokusen-ji

The temple grounds are not large, but there is wisteria trellis in front of the main temple, which must be beautiful when it is in bloom. And I can also find “新四国曼荼羅霊場 (New Shikoku Mandara sacred temple)” on the board, so this temple is part of this yet another pilgrimage route like the one I found in Ehime.

Jizo-do

Dedicated toHikiri-Jizo-Bosatsu (日切地蔵菩薩)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
DenominationTendai-sect Sanmon-group (天台宗山門派)
Mantraおん かかかび さんまえい そわか
On Kakakabi Sanmaei Sowaka
Next templeNo.87 Nagao-ji
Previous templeNo.86 Shido-ji
Gyokusen-ji, inner shrine of No.87 Nagao-ji