This is the trail from Yasuda-cho to Konomine Temple (the 27th temple of the Shikoku Pilgrimage) at an altitude of 450 m. It used to be called the most challenging spot among the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Now that the road has been completed, it is easier to climb up, but arriving at Konomine Temple by foot is not simple. "Konomine Shrine" is near Konomine Temple. The main hall is a rare building that also serves as the main hall of worship. It has a cypress-roofed three-sided gabled structure, the three sides are Chishima gables, and the front has a half-cusped gabled Buddhist temple style. In the precincts, there was a large camphor tree (15 m high, 6.1 m in circumference, estimated to be 500 years old), but it fell down in 2022. However, there are many huge trees around, so you can sense the mystical atmosphere.
Spots to photograph
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Nearby sightseeing spots
Yasuda Hachimangu Shrine (Former Village Shrine)
Since ancient times, it has been revered as the general guardian of the Yasuda River basin, and enshrines Tarashi Nakatsuhiko no Mikoto, Empress Jingu, and Emperor Ojin. The temple is said to have been founded by Yasuda Mikawanokami and is estimated to have been built before the 13th century. It houses Daihannyakyo, a cultural property designated by the prefecture, and Yayoi-style earthenware was also excavated from the grounds.
Konomine Temple (27th temple of the Shikoku Pilgrimage)
It was considered one of the most challenging spots among the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, but the opening of the Konomine road (roadway) has made it easier to enter the area. It's honorary mountain prefix is Chikurinzan, the principal image of worship is an eleven-faced Kannon that is said to have been made by Gyoki.
The shrine is located in the vicinity of Konomine Temple. The main hall is a rare building that also serves as the main hall of worship. It has a cypress-roofed three-sided gabled structure, the three sides are Chishima gables, and the front has a half-cusped gabled Buddhist temple style. In the precincts, there was a large camphor tree (15m high, 6.1m in circumference, estimated to be 500 years old), but it fell down in August 2022.
This huge rock is located at the top of the path next to Konomine Shrine (marked by the offering box on the upper right), and is said to have been named Tomyoiwa because of the legend that it glowed pale in the middle of the night.
Kukai Koshikake Rock (rock where Kukai sat)
It is said that long ago, when Kobo Daishi (Kukai, who worked on training and construction for the Shikoku Pilgrimage) was training on the mountain, he sat down on this large rock and devised a secret plan for a big project while gazing at the scenery of Shikoku.
There is a rest area near the Kukai Koshikake Rock above the back of Konomine Temple.