Day 12: No.35 Kiyotaki-ji (清瀧寺)

Very old sign post

Drying radish

It’s interesting to see things that could give me some hints about the life around here. On the way to Seitaki-ji, I found they’re drying Japanese radish. I wonder if they’re going to make Takuan – yellow pickled radish.

Niyodo river

I finally entered Tosa city by crossing the Niyodo river. I didn’t expect this river is such big, since it’s well known for the clarity of the water. The scenery is also really great.

I could not find where is the Henro route easily, so I looked at Google Maps for a while and then noticed that the Business Inn Tosa was nearby, where I’m going to stay today. OK, if that’s the case, I can put my luggage at the hotel first, and am free from my heavy backpack for 2 hour round trip to Kiyotaki-ji, which is in the mountain.

The mountain trail up to Kiyotaki-ji will start from here

Kiyotaki-ji is also located on top of the mountain… I remember this entrance because I saw it several times in TV program called How do you like Wednesdays “水曜どうでしょう” showing how narrow the route up to the temple is. Strangely, many children came running down this narrow Henro route from above. Is there anything for kids !?

The main gate of No.35 Kiyotaki-ji

A ceiling paintings – a portrait of dragon

The approach to the main gate has nice and calm atmosphere. There was also a magnificent dragon portrait on the ceiling of the gate.

The main temple and Taishi-do of No.35 Kiyotaki-ji

Zodiac sign board on the ceiling of the main temple

After another 100 steps from the main gate, there is a large statue of the Yakushi-Nyorai between the main temple and the Taishi-do. As I approached, I noticed I can enter in this statue.

I felt that Kiyotaki-ji is quite unique. At first, as you can see in the picture, the layout is symmetrical, with the Yakushi-Nyorai standing between the main temple and the Taishi-do, which look very similar. In addition, the ceiling of the main temple is decorated with the zodiac sign board, which I saw the first time during this pilgrimage. The dragon portrait in the main gate too is unique.

Obinzuru-sama – a statue of Pindola-Bharadvaja

Buddhist alter inside Yakushi-Nyorai

After completing worship, I went inside the statue of Yakushi-Nyorai. It seems that I have to walk clockwise from the left side. It was narrow, really dark inside and I couldn’t see anything, so I groped around with my hands and feet. Then I found this Buddhist alter inside.

Nice view from No.35 Kiyotaki-ji

The temple stamp of No.35 Kiyotaki–ji

Dedicated toYakushj-Nyorai (薬師如来)
Founded byGyoki-Bosatsu (行基菩薩)
DenominationShingon-sect Busan-group (真言宗豊山派)
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.36 Seiryu-ji (13.9 Km away)
Previous templeNo.34 Tanema-ji (9.8 Km away)
No.35 Kiyotaki-ji