Day 2: No.6 Anraku-ji (安楽寺)

Walking in crispy air in early morning

When I left the guest house around 6:30 a.m, it was quite dark and chilly outside. After a while, I noticed that I may have missed sign post, and that I probably lost the Henro route. I understood it could happen, since Henro route is old historical route, and it is sometimes apart from roadway, and it could also be very narrow. But I could manage to arrive at No.6 Anraku-ji by the help of Google Map 🙂

The main gate of No.6 Anraku-ji, looks Chinese style

The pagoda of No.6 Anraku-ji

Once I entered in No.6 Anraku-ji through this splendid main gate, I found a beautiful pagoda. Anraku-ji also have pilgrim’s lodging and it has also hot spring in it. So my original plan was to include a stay here. However, when I tried to make a reservation, they told that it’s closed because there’s no other pilgrim to stay… Indeed, it’s pity…

The sign post, built as an anniversary of one pilgrim who completed 500 (!) times of Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage

I was bit confused 🙂 when I saw the message on this sign post is saying that this was built as an anniversary of pilgrims who completed 500 times of Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage at the age of 84…. 500 times! x 1400 Km, really !?

The temple stamp of No.6 Anraku-ji
Dedicated toYakushi-Nyorai (薬師如来)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
Mantraおん ころころ せんだり まとうぎ そわか
On Korokoro Sendari Matougi Sowaka
DenominationShingon-sect Koya-group (真言宗高野派)
Next templeNo.7 Jyuraku-ji (1.2 Km away)
Previous templeNo.5 Jizo-ji (5.3 Km away)
No.6 Anraku-ji