Day 4: No.16 Kanon-ji (観音寺)

Tossaka-ramen at Tomiya (十三八の鳥坂ラーメン)

I didn’t expect myself to be such hungry… indeed I realized that I need energy to walk 🙂 I found that Tomiya which is famous for its Tossaka-ramen (Tossaka seems to be the name of the area) is located along the route. I’m bit afraid that it might be closed already, since it already passed two o’clock, but luckily it is open 🙂

I think this soup is mix of chicken-bone broth and pork-bone broth. It is thick and smooth, but the tastes is fairly plain unlike its appearance. It’s really nice with the tasty barbecued pork, I like it so much!

The main gate of No.16 Kanon-ji

There’re actually a lot of 観音寺 in Japan, and its pronunciation is usually “Kan – non – ji”. However, this one is “Kan – on – ji”. The main gate of No.16 Kanon-ji is “Shoro-mon (鐘楼門)”, the one with the bell inside. It looks splendid, but I could not take nice picture in front, since it’s located along the narrow road 🙁

The Buddha footprint (Bussoku-seki)

I remembered that I saw this Buddha footprint before, but I didn’t really know what it is. According to the explanation… people worshiped with this Buddha footprint before Buddhist statue was built. This one with this pattern is one of the oldest. And it is said that if you touch your body somewhere with some problems (like pain) with the hand you worship, then it will be cured.

The temple stamp of No.16 Kanon-ji

Dedicated toSenjyu-Kanzeon-Bosatsu (千手観世音菩薩)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
DenominationShingon-sect Koya-group (真言宗高野派)
Mantraおん ばざらたらま きりく そわか
On Bazaratarama Kiriku Sowaka
Next templeNo.17 Ido-ji (2.8 Km away)
Previous templeNo.15 Kokubun-ji (1.8 Km away)
No.16 Kanon-ji