The area associated with Kobo-Daishi
Among all the temples of Shikoku that are all associated with Kobo-Daishi, Temple No.75, Zentsuji is very special. It has been worshipped as the sacred place where he was born. This course proceeds from Iyo-mishima in Ehime Prefecture via 900m-high Mt. Unbeji, covered with snow in winter, and the Sanuki Plain to Zentsuji Temple.
On the first day, start from Iyo JR Mishima Station. On the ascent to Temple No.65 Sankakuji, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea. There is only one inn in Sano district. If it’s not available, you can stay in Hakuchi district. They will send a car, pick you up and drive you to the inn.
Second day. Temple No.66, Unpenji, is the highest place in 88 temples, but ascending is not so difficult. The path is well-trodden and easy to walk, so please take your time along the mountain path. There are 500 arhat statues. People say you may find at least one statue that resembles you. A walk observing their looks would refresh you. Don’t forget to go to the Bishamonten Observatory for a 360-degree panoramic view of the city.
At the foot of the mountain, you will overlook a plain of the countryside. Proceed through the town of Kannonji to Temple 68 and 69. Depending on your time left, you may decide whether to continue by the evening or visit the following day.
On the third day, walk along a flat road with the idyllic view of rice paddies and reservoirs. If you have enough time, visit the Shashingatake Zenjo, an inner sanctuary of Temple No.73, about 50 minutes’ ascent from the main temple. There is a precipice which Kobo-Daishi in his childhood is said to have leaped off to test his faith. It commands scenic Sanuki Plain. The last stop is Temple No.75, Zentsuji, the birthplace of Kobo-Daishi. The vast temple ground of 45,000 ㎡ has many halls and remains of the residence of Saeki family, where the Daishi was born.
Total distance: 70.5km（43.8mi） Level: Intermediate
Overnight in Sano
Overnight in Kannonji
Local Information Center
Warp Plaza(JR Iyo-misima Station 2F)0896-24-2167
Traffic and other information is available at the Warp Plaza on the second floor of the station building.
For more detailed directions, we recommend that you check the English version of the map “Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide (2020)”.
The map will be provided free of charge to the monitor participants.