Day 4: No.13 Dainichi-ji (大日寺)

The water of the river is clear

It is still more than 20 Km walk from WEEK Kamiyama to No.13 Dainichi-ji. I could enjoy beautiful scenery in local small villages and the mountains during walking.

The henro route is split to 3 different routes

Sometimes the henro route is split to different routes (and of course, it will merge again). Between each temples, there’re sometimes “Bangai-reijyo (番外霊場)” which also have strong connection to Kobo-Daishi, so you might want to visit. Or you may want to visit next temple right way. I think this is one of the reason for this split. This time, I selected the shortest path (It’s about 15 Km to the next junction and more than 3 Km shorter than other routes).

A lot of mandarin oranges (It seems really delicious!)

A gentleman approached and talked to me “Did you walk down from No.12 Shozan-ji, and if so it would take more than 3 hours to come here. Keep up going!”. Even though it is said that I’m walking together with Kobo-Daishi in this pilgrimage, it’s definitely appreciated to have such casual conversation.

There’re many pilgrims at No.13 Dainichi-ji

No.13 Dainichi-ji is located at the opposite side of Ichinomiya shrine across the way and this shrine seems to be larger than No.13 Dainichi-ji. I learned later that No.13 Dainichi-ji is “Betto-ji temple” which was attached to Ichinomiya Shrine. I feel it’s bit strange that temple and shrine stands each other. It happens because the syncretization of Shinto and Buddhism began during the Nara Period and it led to Betto-ji temples being constructed within Shinto shrines.

The main temple of No.13 Dainichi-ji

It is actually not so easy to concentrate to do the routine when there’re so many pilgrims… So I had to do it quick this time 🙁

The temple stamp of No.13 Dainichi-ji

Dedicated toJyuichi-men-Kanzeon-Bosatsu (十一面観世音菩薩)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
DenominationShingon-sect Daikakuji-group (真言宗大覚寺派)
Mantraおん まか きゃろにきゃ そわか
On Maka Kyaronikya Sowaka
Next templeNo.14 Jyoraku-ji (2.3 Km away)
Previous templeNo.12 Shozan-ji (20.8 Km away)
No.13 Dainichi-ji