Ehime Roads of Shikoku

The Road to Kouonji Temple, Temple No. 61

The Road to Kouonji Temple, Temple No. 61

This route descends along the ridge from Yokomineji Temple No. 60 (750 m above sea level), to Kouonji Temple No. 61. This is a remote and mountainous route up to Ootani Pond, followed by an 11.6-km route through a residential area in the Komatsu countryside.

The Road to Kouonji Temple, Temple No. 61(11.6km)


Spots to photograph

Rest Station in Kouonji Temple (arbor)

If you wish to receive a certificate, please take a photo that includes yourself at the designated photo point for each course.

Nearby sightseeing spots

  • 1
    Crossroads with a forest trail

    At about 1.2 km from Yokomineji Temple No. 60, the trail splits off from the forest trail and enters a mountain road. From here, the trail of 5.7 km continues up and down along the ridge to the inner sanctuary of Kouenji Temple.

  • 2
    Road along the ridge

    This well-maintained path through the cedar forest is pleasant, with occasional glimpses of the mountain range of Saijo. Benches along the long trail help to take short breaks.

  • 3
    Road closure

    The Shikoku no Michi and the Shikoku pilgrim route formerly separated here, but they closed for passerby and blocked off by barricades around 2014. You might want to check if you’re holding an old map while passing this route. The Shikoku no Michi and the Shikoku pilgrimage route are now the same and directions are included in pilgrimage route.

  • 4
    Parking lot

    The mountain road leads down to a paved road. This place can accommodate parking space for about 10 cars. The distance to the inner sanctuary of Kouenji Temple is just over 1 km.

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    Kouonji Okuno-in Temple

    The Temple was founded in 1933, and its principal deity is Fudo Myoo. Further on from Okuno-in Temple is a small waterfall named Shirataki. Along with cold water ablutions, the waterfall is famous for its attractive fall colors. Numerous visitors enjoy strolling along the path full of colorful leaves in Autumn.

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    Ootani Pond

    Ootani Pond, which is the third largest reservoir in the prefecture was built in 1920 to resolve the shortage of irrigation water at the beginning of the Taisho era. Over the years, renovation work was carried out from 2000 to 2007. A trail down to the foot of the bank leads to a bricked sluice gate that was in use until 2007. This sluice gate is registered as a “Modern Civil Engineering Heritage of Japan” by the Japan Society of Civil Engineers.

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    Fudasho Kouokji Temple No. 61

    Kouonji Temple No. 61 was founded by Prince Shotoku to pray for the health of Emperor Yomei (585-587). When Kobo Daishi was on his pilgrimage to Shikoku, he came to the base of this temple and happened to see a woman suffering from a difficult childbirth. There, Kobo Daishi introduced to the temple the four vows of easy childbirth, child rearing, surrogacy, and women becoming Buddha, along with the secret techniques of praying. This is why the side deity, Koyasudaiji is believed to be responsible for safe childbirth and child-rearing, though the main deity is Dainichi Nyorai. Many visitors pray for a safe childbirth on dog day (summer months). The modern cathedral, which serves as both the main hall and the grand hall is impressive to many visitors.

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    Fudasho Hojuji Temple No. 62

    The temple was built by Emperor Shomu (724-749) during the Tempyo period. In later years, Kobo Daishi carved a statue of the eleven-faced Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) as the deity of the temple and renamed it Hoshuji Temple. The Goddess of Mercy has been worshipped for safe childbirth ever since.

Special System to recognize The Roads of Shikoku travelers

Travelers who have completed a prefectural route
Under this system, a certificate is issued to everyone who has completed all the routes of the The Roads of Shikoku on foot in a single prefecture.
If you wish to receive this certificate, please take a photo of yourself (the applicant) at the designated photo checkpoints (the mark for photo checkpoints) along each route. After gathering the required photos for all the routes, write a simple comment on your thoughts regarding the route on each photo as well as your address, full name, age, and the dates on which the photos along the route were taken, and submit them to the representative for the prefecture where the route is found.
After reviewing your application, we will issue you a certificate for having completed the prefectural course.
Travelers who have completed all routes in Shikoku
If you have completed all the routes in the four prefectures of Shikoku, please submit your certificate for each of the four prefectures to the representative for any prefecture.
After reviewing your application, we will issue you a certificate for having completed all routes in Shikoku.

Click here to contact the representative for each prefecture

Ehime Prefecture / Kagawa Prefecture / Tokushima Prefecture / Kochi Prefecture