Temples in Tokushima Prefecture (No.1 - 23)

Map of temples for the pilgrimage in Tokushima PrefectureTemples for the pilgrimage in Tokushima Pref.

Tokushima Prefecture is located in the east part of Shikoku island.
It is the first prefecture of the pilgrimage.

For the pilgrim, Tokushima Prefecture is called as Hosshin no Dôjô (発心の道場).
It means "Training school of awakening".

The starting point is Ryôzenji temple (霊山寺)
It is located about 10 km west of Naruto city at the northeast edge of Tokushima Prefecture.
And it is about 18 km northwest of Tokushima city which is the capital of the prefecture.

Because of the first temple, you can buy the clothes and some goods for pilgrimage in this temple.
Of course, you must worship the temple.

No.1 Ryozenji
No.1 Ryozenji
Photo by Tokushima Prefecture

Main temple of Ryozenji
Main temple of Ryozenji
Photo by Tokushima Prefecture

Yoshino River flows through Tokushima Prefecure from west to east.

The temples from No.1 to 10 are on the north side of Yoshino River.
The area is a rural area.
The pilgrim walks toward west.

No. Temple name Kanji Char. Distance (km)
to next temple
1 Ryôzenji 霊山寺 1.2
2 Gokurakuji 極楽寺 2.6
3 Konsenji 金泉寺 5.4
4 Dainichiji 大日寺 2.0
5 Jizôji 地蔵寺 5.1
6 Anrakuji 安楽寺 1.2
7 Jûrakuji 十楽寺 4.0
8 Kumadaniji 熊谷寺 2.5
9 Hôrinji 法輪寺 3.8
10 Kirihataji 切幡寺 10.2

No.6 Anrakuji
No.6 Anrakuji

No.10 Kirihataji
No.10 Kirihataji

No.11 Fujiidera is on the south side of Yoshino River.
After that, the pilgrim must walk on a steep and long mountain road.
No.12 Shôsanji is located in a deep mountain at about 800 meters above sea level, and no one lives around it.

No. Temple name Kanji Char. Distance (km)
to next temple
11 Fujiidera 藤井寺 28.2
12 Shôsanji 焼山寺 25.7

No.11 Fujiidera
No.11 Fujiidera

No.12 Shosanji
No.12 Shosanji

From Shôsanji, the pilgrim must walk down a mountain road.
It is about 7 km long, and the pilgrim reaches a small village, at last.

No.13 Dainichiji is located about 18 km east-northeast of the village, and is in the west part of Tokushima city.

The temples from No.13 to 17 are in the same area.

No. Temple name Kanji Char. Distance (km)
to next temple
13 Dainichiji 大日寺 2.4
14 Jôrakuji 常楽寺 0.8
15 Kokubunji 国分寺 1.7
16 Kannonji 観音寺 2.8
17 Idoji 井戸寺 17.6

No.14 Jorakuji
No.14 Jorakuji

No.17 Idoji
No.17 Idoji

The temples from No.18 to 23 are around the east coast of Tokushima Prefecture.
But they are relatively inland, and each other's distance is about 10 to 20 km.

Especially, No.20 Kakurinji and No.21 Tairyûji are in the steep mountain.
But, to No.21 Tairyûji, a ropeway is set up from the foot, so it is relatively easy to visit.

No. Temple name Kanji Char. Distance (km)
to next temple
18 Onzanji 恩山寺 4.4
19 Tatsueji 立江寺 15.1
20 Kakurinji 鶴林寺 11.2
21 Tairyûji 太龍寺 13.5
22 Byôdôji 平等寺 21.4
23 Yakuouji 薬王寺 77.2

No.19 Tatsueji
No.19 Tatsueji

No.21 Tairyuji
No.21 Tairyuji

The last No.23 Yakuouji is near a fishing port town on the east coast of Tokushima Prefecture.
After the worship, the pilgrim walks toward Kochi Prefecture.

But, to reach the first temple in Kochi Prefecture, the pilgrim must walk about 77 km along the coast.

To go to there, the pilgrim can use railway and route bus.

No.23 Yakuouji is near JR Hiwasa station.
Get on the train for Kaifu. (It is JR Mugi Line and is operated every about 2 hours.)
It takes about 40 minutes, and change to the train of Asa Seaside Railway at Kaifu.

The train goes to Kannoura. It takes 11 minutes.

From Kannoura, the route bus for Muroto-Eigyosho departs soon.
It takes about 45 minutes to Geopark-center stop.
Change to the bus for Aki-Eigyosho, and it also departs soon.
It takes about 9 minutes to Muroto-Misaki stop.

The place is near Cape Muroto (Muroto-Misaki).
No.24 Hotsumisakiji is on a hill near the cape.

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