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Temple 33, Sekkei-ji

The Temple of the Snowy Cliff

Temple 33, Sekkei-ji

Sekkei-ji is Temple 33 on the Shikoku pilgrimage, or Henro. The temple was favoured by the Chosokabe clan under Chosokabe Motochika who unified all of Shikoku. He made Sekkei-ji his ancestral temple, and his son’s ashes were buried here. The grave of Motochika is about twenty minutes on foot to the east.

During the purge of Buddhism at the beginning of the Meiji Period, many temples on Shikoku were burned down, including Sekkei-ji.

Today the temple stands in the suburbs of Kochi city next to one of the city’s many waterways. Although it’s a Zen temple, there’s a large statue of Kukai. Sekkei-ji is one of only three Zen temples on the pilgrimage. The other two are Temple 11 Fujii-dera and Temple 15 Awa Kokubun-ji.

Information

Name in Japanese: 雪蹊寺

Pronunciation: sekkei-ji

Address: 857-3 Nagahama, Kochi 781-0270

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