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 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.