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Temple 71, Iyadani-ji

The Temple of the Eight Valleys

Temple 71, Iyadani-ji

This Shikoku Pilgrimage temple was founded by Gyoki.

There are more than 1,500 carvings of Amida Buddha and his attendants in the rock wall behind the temple. There are also images of stupas and the words Namu Amida Butsu, said to be carved by Ippen Shonin in the 13th century. There’s a cave above the main hall called the Shishi no Gankutsu (Lion’s Cave) where Kukai came to meditate as a youth.

The piles of crutches, artificial limbs, and medical equipment outside the main hall are all dedicated to Kannon by people whose handicap has been cured.

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Name in Japanese: 弥谷寺

Pronunciation: iyadani-ji

Address: 70 Minocho Omi, Mitoyo, Kagawa 767-0031

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