Day 9: No.26 Kongocho-ji (金剛頂寺)

Henro route to No.26 Kongocho-ji

There’re some uphill to No.26 Kongocho-ji, so I’m bit nervous. However, it seems my knee is pretty OK now with the plaster and the good rest yesterday.

42 steps slope called Otoko-zaka (男坂) – for avoidance of bad luck

There’re Otoko-zaka & Onna-zaka as same as No.23 Yakuo-ji for the avoidance of bad luck, however, I didn’t see any small coins here. Maybe there’re very few people visiting here for Yaku-yoke (avoidance of bad luck).

The main gate of No.26 Kongocho-ji

The straw sandals are dedicated in the main gate

In the main gate, a huge straw sandals are dedicated, and a lot of small coins are inserted in between the straw. Maybe pilgrims are doing so to pray for being a good walker !?

The main temple of No.26 Kongocho-ji

Taishi-do of No.26 Kongocho-ji

The main temple of No.26 Kongocho-ji is bigger than the sacred temples I visited last couple of days, and it has really beautiful tailed roof.

Hitotubsu Manbai no kama (一粒万倍の釜)

This iron pod have a story like this…In order for Kobo-Daishi to save people suffering from hunger, he cooked the rice with this iron pod, then the amount of the rice increased 10,000 times as much as the original amount, so that he could save the people. Maybe if I put 100 JPY, then I can get a million JPY !?

The temple stamp of No.26 Kongocho-ji

Dedicated toYakushi-Nyorai (薬師如来)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
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.27 Kounomine-ji (27.5 Km away)
Previous templeNo.25 Sinsho-ji (3.8 Km away)
No.26 Kongocho-ji