Konsen-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s Third Temple

Today, we’re going to Tokushima Prefecture, more precisely in the city of Itano (city by name only, a town really) to visit Konsen-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s third temple.

It’s located just three kilometers from Gokuraku-ji, its predecessor, and to go from one to the other is a piece of cake, the land is flat, the environment is vaguely urban (a bunch of houses and buildings here and there but also quite a number of fields, a semi-urban, semi-rural environment that you will encounter a lot when you leave the big cities.

Just like its predecessor, it is said to have been founded by the monk Gyoki and that’s pretty much all I know about it.

Let’s see what it looks like:

 

 

 

Just like the first two temples, Konsen-ji is laid out around some sort of garden surrounded by a certain number of buildings around it. It’s a very pleasant place to visit, even if you’re not a pilgrim (full disclosure, I didn’t visit it as a pilgrim). Trying to find all the little things it has to offer almost makes it a playful area actually.

Also, it has a few permanent residents:

 

 

 

Good luck to them. 85 temples to go.

 

Next stop, Dainichi-ji.

 

 

David Billa

David was born and raised in France. After a few years in the US and then back to his home country, life led him to the shores of the Seto Inland Sea in Japan. After falling in love with the area, he decided to show its beauty and all it has to offer with this blog.

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