88 temples · 1200 years · 4 prefectures · 1150 km

88 Temples

Procedure in the temple | List of 88 temples

The Procedure in the temple

The following procedure is followed by many pilgrims in this or a similar form. However, everyone is free to adopt only parts of it for themselves or not to follow this procedure at all. Especially at the beginning of a pilgrimage, the temple routine is still unfamiliar and requires a period of acclimatisation.

At the temple gate (niōmon or sanmon)

Standing on the left in front of the temple gate, bring your palms together in front of your chest and bow once (gasshō) toward the main hall. You enter the temple complex by crossing the threshold at the temple gate. Thereby passing from the secular to the spiritual world. Most temple gates are guarded on the left and right by two niō, muscular and often fearsome guardian figures who protect the temple from evil. Such temple gates are called niōmon. Temple gates without the two guardians are called sanmon.

At the water well (temizuya)

The water well is located in the entrance area of the temple compound. Use one of the ladles provided to draw water. Pour some water over your right palm first, then take the ladle in your right hand and pour some water on your left palm. Rinse your mouth with the water from your left hand. It is sufficient if you only touch your lips with the water. Both symbolise the outer and inner purification.
Finally, hold the wooden handle of the ladle down and let the water remaining in the ladle run down over the handle. This leaves the ladle clean and ready for use by the next temple visitor.
Usually a place to put the pilgrim’s staff down for the duration of the temple visit can be found near the water well. The backpack is placed in the rest area of the temple during the temple visit.

At the bell tower (shōrō)

At the bell tower you ring the bell once to announce your visit to the temple. This is done by the massive beam, or tree trunk, which is set in motion by a rope. When you leave the temple, the bell is not rung again. This would bring bad luck.
At some temples located within towns and villages, ringing the bell is not possible or only possible at certain times.

At the main hall (hondō)

Proceed to the main hall. Light a candle and three incense sticks, one each for the past, present, and future.
There is a small bell attached to a rope at the main hall. Ring the bell once to signal your arrival to the temple deity. Place your name card / visit card (osamefuda) in the box provided to the right or left of the temple door. Put a small amount of money in the wooden donation box in front of the main hall.
Then place your hands together in gasshō, recite the Heart Sutra, and chant the appropriate mantras, for the Buddhist deity worshipped at that particular temple.

At the Daishi-hall (daishidō)

Go to Daishi Hall and repeat the procedure as you did at the main hall. The only difference is the texts you recite. Here you address Kobo-Daishi, who is honored at the Daishi Hall.

At the temple office (nōkyōsho)

Finally, you go to the temple office to get the stamp for your stamp book (nōkyōchō) and a paper picture depicting the deity worshipped in the main hall.
The temple offices are open continuously from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Only at Temple 62 is closed during the lunch break between 12:00 and 13:00.
If you arrive at the temple just before 17.00, get the stamp for your book first and then visit the two halls.
Stamping your stamp book is also mandatory, of course.

At the temple gate (niōmon oder sanmon)

After passing the temple gate on your way out, turn around again and bow towards the main hall.

List of 88 temples

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1Ryōzenji (霊山寺)ShingonShaka NyoraiNaruto (鳴門市)Tokushima
2Gokurakuji (極楽寺)ShingonAmida NyoraiNaruto (鳴門市)Tokushima
3Konsenji (金泉寺)ShingonShaka NyoraiItano (板野町)Tokushima
4Dainichiji (大日寺)ShingonDainichi NyoraiItano (板野町)Tokushima
5Jizōji (地蔵寺)ShingonEnmei Jizō BosatsuItano (板野町)Tokushima
6Anrakuji (安楽寺)1ShingonYakushi NyoraiKamiita (上板町)Tokushima
7Jūrakuji (十楽寺)1ShingonAmida NyoraiAwa (阿波市)Tokushima
8Kumadaniji (熊谷寺)ShingonSenju KannonAwa (阿波市)Tokushima
9Hōrinji (法輪寺)ShingonShaka NyoraiAwa (阿波市)Tokushima
10Kirihataji (切幡寺)ShingonSenju KannonAwa (阿波市)Tokushima
11Fujiidera (藤井寺)Zen (Rinzai)Yakushi NyoraiYoshinogawa (吉野川市)Tokushima
12Shōzanji (焼山寺)ShingonKokūzō BosatsuKamiyama (神山町)Tokushima
13Dainichiji (大日寺)ShingonJūichimen KannonTokushima (徳島市)Tokushima
14Jōrakuji (常楽寺)ShingonMiroku BosatsuTokushima (徳島市)Tokushima
15Kokubunji (国分寺)Zen (Sōtō)Yakushi NyoraiTokushima (徳島市)Tokushima
16Kanonji (観音寺)ShingonSenju KannonTokushima (徳島市)Tokushima
17Idoji (井戸寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiTokushima (徳島市)Tokushima
18Onzanji (恩山寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiKomatsushima (小松島市)Tokushima
19Tatsueji (立江寺)1ShingonJizō BosatsuKomatsushima (小松島市)Tokushima
20Kakurinji (鶴林寺)ShingonJizō BosatsuKatsuura (勝浦町)Tokushima
21Tairyūji (太竜寺)ShingonKokūzō BosatsuAnan (阿南市)Tokushima
22Byōdōji (平等寺)1ShingonYakushi NyoraiAnan (阿南市)Tokushima
23Yakuōji (薬王寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiMinami (美波町)Tokushima
24Hotsumisakiji (最御崎寺)1ShingonKokūzō BosatsuMuroto (室戸市)Kōchi
25Shinshōji (津照寺)ShingonJizō BosatsuMuroto (室戸市)Kōchi
26Kongōchōji (金剛頂寺)1ShingonYakushi NyoraiMuroto (室戸市)Kōchi
27Kōnomineji (神峰寺)ShingonJūichimen KannonYasuda (安田町)Kōchi
28Dainichiji (大日寺)ShingonDainichi NyoraiKōnan (香南市)Kōchi
29Kokubunji (国分寺)ShingonSenju KannonNankoku (南国市)Kōchi
30Zenrakuji (善楽寺)ShingonAmida NyoraiKōchi (高知市)Kōchi
31Chikurinji (竹林寺)ShingonMonju BosatsuKōchi (高知市)Kōchi
32Zenjibuji (禅師峰寺)ShingonJūichimen KannonNankoku (南国市)Kōchi
33Sekkeiji (雪蹊寺)Zen (Rinzai)Yakushi NyoraiKōchi (高知市)Kōchi
34Tanemaji (種間寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiHaruno (春野町)Kōchi
35Kiyotakiji (清滝寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiTosa (土佐市)Kōchi
36Shōryūji (青竜寺)ShingonFudō MyōōTosa (土佐市)Kōchi
37Iwamotoji (岩本寺)1ShingonFive BuddhasShimanto (四万十町)Kōchi
38Kongōfukuji (金剛福寺)2ShingonSenju KannonTosashimizu (土佐清水市)Kōchi
39Enkōji (延光寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiSukumo (宿毛市)Kōchi
40Kanjizaiji (観自在寺)1ShingonYakushi NyoraiAinan (愛南町)Ehime
41Ryūkōji (竜光寺)ShingonJūichimen KannonUwajima (宇和島市)Ehime
42Butsumokuji (佛木寺)ShingonDainichi NyoraiUwajima (宇和島市)Ehime
43Meisekiji (明石寺)TendaiSenju KannonSeiyo (西予市)Ehime
44Daihōji (大宝寺)2ShingonJūichimen KannonKuma-kōgen (久万高原町)Ehime
45Iwayaji (岩屋寺)ShingonFudō MyōōKuma-kōgen (久万高原町)Ehime
46Jōruriji (浄瑠璃寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiMatsuyama (松山市)Ehime
47Yasakaji (八坂寺)ShingonAmida NyoraiMatsuyama (松山市)Ehime
48Sairinji (西林寺)ShingonJūichimen KannonMatsuyama (松山市)Ehime
49Jōdoji (浄土寺)ShingonShaka NyoraiMatsuyama (松山市)Ehime
50Hantaji (繁多寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiMatsuyama (松山市)Ehime
51Ishiteji (石手寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiMatsuyama (松山市)Ehime
52Taizanji (太山寺)ShingonJūichimen KannonMatsuyama (松山市)Ehime
53Enmyōji (円明寺)ShingonAmida NyoraiMatsuyama (松山市)Ehime
54Enmeiji (延命寺)ShingonFudō MyōōImabari (今治市)Ehime
55Nankōbō (南光坊)ShingonDaitsū-chishō ButsuImabari (今治市)Ehime
56Taisanji (泰山寺)ShingonJizō BosatsuImabari (今治市)Ehime
57Eifukuji (栄福寺)ShingonAmida NyoraiImabari (今治市)Ehime
58Senyūji (仙遊寺)1ShingonSenjū KannonImabari (今治市)Ehime
59Kokubunji (国分寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiImabari (今治市)Ehime
60Yokomineji (横峰寺)ShingonDainichi NyoraiSaijō (西条市)Ehime
61Kōonji (香園寺)ShingonDainichi NyoraiSaijō (西条市)Ehime
62Hōjuji (宝寿寺)ShingonJūichimen KannonSaijō (西条市)Ehime
63Kichijōji (吉祥寺)ShingonBishamontenSaijō (西条市)Ehime
64Maegamiji (前神寺)ShingonAmida NyoraiSaijō (西条市)Ehime
65Sankakuji (三角寺)ShingonJūichimen KannonShikoku-chūō (四国中央市)Ehime
66Unpenji (雲辺寺)ShingonSenju KannonMiyoshi (三好町)Tokushima
67Daikōji (大興寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiMitoyo (三豊市)Kagawa
68Jinnein (神恵院)ShingonAmida NyoraiKan-onji (観音寺市)Kagawa
69Kannonji (観音寺)ShingonShō KannonKan-onji (観音寺市)Kagawa
70Motoyamaji (本山寺)ShingonBatō KannonMitoyo (三豊市)Kagawa
71Iyadaniji (弥谷寺)ShingonSenju KannonMitoyo (三豊市)Kagawa
72Mandaraji (曼荼羅寺)ShingonDainichi NyoraiZentsuji (善通寺市)Kagawa
73Shusshakaji (出釈迦寺)ShingonShaka NyoraiZentsuji (善通寺市)Kagawa
74Kōyamaji (甲山寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiZentsuji (善通寺市)Kagawa
75Zentsuji (善通寺)1ShingonYakushi NyoraiZentsuji (善通寺市)Kagawa
76Konzōji (金倉寺)TendaiYakushi NyoraiZentsuji (善通寺市)Kagawa
77Dōryuji (道隆寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiTadotsu (多度津町)Kagawa
78Gōshoji (郷照寺)JishūAmida NyoraiUtazu (宇多津町)Kagawa
79Tennōji (天皇寺)ShingonJūichimen KannonSakaide (坂出市)Kagawa
80Kokubunji (国分寺)ShingonJūichimen & Senjū KannonTakamatsu (高松市)Kagawa
81Shiromineji (白峯寺)2ShingonSenju KannonSakaide (坂出市)Kagawa
82Negoroji (根香寺)TendaiSenju KannonTakamatsu (高松市)Kagawa
83Ichinomiyaji (一宮寺)ShingonShō KannonTakamatsu (高松市)Kagawa
84Yashimaji (屋島寺)ShingonJūichimen & Senjū KannonTakamatsu (高松市)Kagawa
85Yakuriji (八栗寺)ShingonShō KannonTakamatsu (高松市)Kagawa
86Shidoji (志度寺)ShingonJūichimen KannonSanuki (さぬき市)Kagawa
87Nagaoji (長尾寺)TendaiShō KannonSanuki (さぬき市)Kagawa
88ōkuboji (大窪寺)ShingonYakushi NyoraiSanuki (さぬき市)Kagawa

1 Shukubō; overnight accommodation at the temple, also for individual travelers (as of May 2021).
2 Shukubō; overnight accommodation at the temple, for bus groups only (as of May 2021).
3 in Shingon Buddhism there are several schools, which are not indicated here

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