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Temple 46, Jōruri-ji

The Temple of the Pure Lapis Lazuli

Temple 46, Jōruri-ji

Joruri-ji, The Temple of the Pure Lapis Lazuli, is temple No. 46 on the Shikoku pilgrimage. It stands among fields on a gentle slope in the south of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture. The temple building is largely hidden from view by the tall trees that surround it. These ancient junipers are thought to be about 1,000 years old.

The grounds are a beautiful, well-tended garden. Next to the main hall is a bower of wisteria, and beyond it are ponds of lotus.

Legend has it that Emon Saburō came from this area, and a stone monument is engraved with a haiku written by Masaoka Shiki.

How long the spring day is!
Remembering Emon Saburō
At Joruriji.

It’s a short and scenic walk from here to Yasaka-ji.

Information

Name in Japanese: 浄瑠璃寺

Pronunciation: jōruriji

Address: Jorurimachi 282, Matsuyama, Ehime 791-1133

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