Day 4: No.17 Ido-ji (井戸寺)

The main gate of No.17 Ido-ji

This big red Chinese style Nio-gate appeared in the residential area, and the precincts of the temple is also large.

The main temple of No.17 Ido-ji

After finishing reading the Heart Sutra, a young man who seems to do pilgrimage by bicycle approached me and started to talk various things. Then he says some bad things about the chief priest at No.62 such as, s/he doesn’t open between 12 and 13 because of lunch time etc etc… he followed me a while, and asked me that we should accuse… hmm… I had to avoid him and leave Ido-ji quickly as possible unfortunately.

Omokage-no Ido (The well, Kobo-Daishi bored)

At Ido-ji, there’s a well said to be bored by Kobo-Daishi when this area suffered from water shortage. It is said that if you can find yourself to be reflected in the well, you can be in good health. However, in case not, then you have to be careful for disease and accident for 3 years in advance. Don’t you think it’s bit scary ?!

The temple stamp of No.17 Ido-ji

Dedicated toShichbutsu-Yakushi-Nyorai (七仏薬師如来)
Founded byTenmu-Tenno (天武天皇勅願)
DenominationShingon-sect Zentsuji-group (真言宗善通寺派)
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.18 Onzan-ji (16.8 Km away)
Previous templeNo.16 Kanon-ji (2.8 Km away)
No.17 Ido-ji