Day 33: No.84 Yashima-ji (屋島寺)

Slope with 21% gradient…

Yashima Kaji-sui

I walked while looking at Yashima from far away, but as I approached to Yashima-ji there was an endless tough climb. Honestly, I hadn’t expected such a hard climb, and I had misjudged the time and arrived much later than the plan.

As I struggled this tough climb, Kobo-Daishi also took a break on the way up to Yashima-ji. But there was no water around to quench his thirst. It is said that when he prayed for blessings for the people who were suffering inconvenience, fresh water gushed out from among the rocks. This is now called Yashima Kaji-sui.


Around Yashima, there’re strange rocks shaped like a stack of tatami mats. It is made up of Sanuki andesite that has developed horizontally.

The main gate of No.84 Yashima-ji

Nio statue

The main temple of No.84 Yashima-ji

The main temple of Yashima-ji is a rare vermilion-colored building. Next to the main temple, there was a large statue of raccoon dogs and many red torii gates. Indeed, it’s quite unique.

The explanation about Yashima-ji

The statue of seven gods of good fortune


The plague of the main gate, “廣大智慧観”

The temple stamp of No.84 Yashima-ji

Dedicated toJyuichi-men-senjyu-kanzeon-bosatsu (十一面千手観世音菩薩)
Founded byGanjin-Wajyo (鑑真和上)
DenominationShingon-sect Omuro-group (真言宗御室派)
Mantraおん ばさら たらま きりく
On Basara Tarama Kiriku
Next templeNo.85 Yakuri-ji (5.4 Km away)
Previous templeNo.83 Ichinomiya-ji (14.1 Km away)
No.84 Yashima-ji